Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS)

11235 Bellflower Road
Phone 368-2290; Fax 368-8670
Darlyne Bailey, Ph.D., Dean


MSASS provides and integrates professional social work education, research, and service to promote social justice and empowerment in communities through social work practice locally, nationally, and internationally.


Consistently ranked among the nation's foremost graduate schools of social work, MSASS counts among it s alumni many prominent educators, government officials, accomplished practitioners, researchers, and chief executives of national and regional agencies. Faculty achievements in professional organizations, research, and agency consultation further extend the school's reputation as an active participant in the advancement of social work practice.

MSASS believes that advanced practitioners are strategists of change, able to mobilize all the resources of the environment on behalf of their clients. To this end, MSASS remains firmly committed to leadership in advocacy, practice development, and community self-help.

MSASS is a place dedicated to understanding problems in order to solve problems. The school's dual mission combines leadership in knowledge building with leadership in community service and development. Both goals receive equal emphasis in our educational programs. MSASS offers a course of study leading to the Master of Science in Social Administration degree (M.S.S.A.), an advanced program for the Doctor of Philosophy in social welfare, several joint programs, and continuing education for professionals. The Master of Science in Social Administration (M.S.S.A.) is a social work master's degree, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Master's students pursue their degree through a variety of study options, including a traditional two-year course of full-time study, individualized part-time programs, and specialized study options for employed social workers.

Since its founding in 1916 as one of the nation's first university-affiliated schools of social work, MSASS has been an innovator in professional education. The school's long-standing dedication to community action has brought more than 300 organizations into a field education program of unusual scope. In every type of local and regional organization, students develop skills in direct practice, research, management, fund raising and community development. Continuing interests in international social work, policy analysis and occupational social work add breadth to a curriculum designed to offer students every opportunity for individualized and interdisciplinary study.

The Mandel Center for Nonprofit Organizations offers advanced education in management and governance for leaders from every type of service organization throughout the United States. Its programs combine the perspectives of social science, law, and management for master's students and Ph.D. fellows wishing to pursue careers in the nonprofit sector.

An MSASS education is more than preparation. It is an opportunity to join a national network of scholars and practitioners who are shaping the course of social work in communities throughout the United States.


Darlyne Bailey, Ph.D., ACSW, LISW (Case Western University)
Victor K. Groza, Ph.D., LISW (University of Oklahoma)
Associate Dean
Karen M. Kaye, Ph.D. (Bowling Green State University)
Assistant Dean for Student Administration and Academic Support
Mark I. Singer, Ph.D. (Case Western Reserve University)
Chairperson, Doctoral Program
Deborah Jacobson, D.S.W., (Tulane University,)
Director, Intensive Semester Program
Martha Gibbons, B.A. (Antioch College)
Director, Development for Major Gifts, Foundations and Corporations
Pamela R. Carson, B.S. (Kent State University)
Director, Development for Alumni and Allied Constituencies
Arthur S. Biagianti, M.S.S.A., M.S.L.S. (Case Western Reserve University)
Director, Library
Nancy L. Graf, M.S.W., LISW (Boston College)
Director, Continuing Education
Gerald A. Strom, M.S.W., LISW (Howard University)
Director, Field Education
Sherry Jones, M.B.A.(Case Western Reserve University)
Director of Budgets and Administration
Ann E. Toomey, M.S.S.A. (Case Western Reserve University)
Director, Recruitment and Admissions
Kathleen Bates, B.A. (Cleveland State University)
Director, Financial Aid
Debra Fields


Sarah Andrews, M.S.S.A. (Case Western Reserve University)
Visiting Professor
Albert J. Abramovitz, Ph.D. (Case Western Reserve University)
Community Service Professor
Darlyne Bailey, Ph.D. (Case Western Reserve University)
Associate Professor
David E. Biegel, Ph.D. (University of Maryland)
Henry L. Zucker Professor of Social Work Practice
Craig Boitel, M.S.S.A.(Case Western Reserve University)
Pranab Chatterjee, Ph.D. (University of Chicago)
Claudia J. Coulton, Ph.D. (Case Western Reserve University)
Lillian F. Harris Professor
Kathleen J. Farkas, Ph.D. (Case Western Reserve University)
Associate Professor
Elizabeth Farmer, Ph.D. (Duke University)
Assistant Professor
Wallace J. Gingerich, Ph.D. (Washington University)
Victor K. Groza, Ph.D. (University of Oklahoma)
Associate Professor
Shenyang Guo, Ph.D. (University of Michigan)
Deborah Jacobson, Ph.D. (Tulane University)
Merl C. Hokenstad, Jr., Ph.D. (Brandeis University)
Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor
Alice K. Johnson, Ph.D. (Washington University)
Associate Professor
Lenore A. Kola, Ph.D. (Boston University)
Associate Professor
Baila Miller, Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Chicago)
David Miller, Ph.D. ( University of Pittsburgh
Assistant Professor
Sharon E. Milligan, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh)
Associate Professor
Arthur J. Naparstek, Ph.D. (Brandeis University)
Grace Longwell Coyle Professor of Social Work
Regina Nixon, Ph.D. (Howard University)
Marvin L. Rosenberg, D.S.W. (Western Reserve University)
Associate Professor
Mark I. Singer, Ph.D. (Case Western Reserve University)
Gerald Strom, M.S.W. (Howard University)
Ilga B. Svechs, Ph.D. (Union College)
Associate Professor
Elizabeth M. Tracy, Ph.D. (University of Washington)
Associate Professor
Kathleen Wells, Ph.D. (University of Colorado)
Associate Professor
Zoe Breen Wood, M.S.W. (Virginia Commonwealth University)
John A. Yankey, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh)
Leonard F. Mayo Professor
Dennis R. Young, Ph.D. (Stanford University)

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