Rust College Social Work Director Receives National Appointment

HOLLY SPRINGS, MS – Dr. Gemma D. Beckley, professor of Social Work and Chair of the Rust College Social Work program has been appointed to the Commission of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in Washington, D.C.  CSWE is the U.S. Department of Education approved agency for accrediting college and university schools of Social Work. As a commissioner, Dr. Beckley will work with fellow commissioners in reviewing applications from schools throughout the United States seeking reaffirmation of the social work programs’ accreditation, as well as schools seeking recognition from the Council for initial accreditation.
In 2000, Dr. Beckley led the Rust College faculty in gaining full accreditation of the Rust College Social Work program. Prior to returning to Rust College in 1991, Dr. Beckley was Director of the Master’s program in Social Work at Grambling State University in Louisiana, Program Director with the Children’s Defense Fund in Washington, D.C., Social Work faculty member at the University of Mississippi, University of Tennessee and Wiley College. During the 2005-2007 academic years, Dr. Beckley served as visiting professor at Fordham University in New York in the School of Public Service. Dr. Beckley holds degrees from Dillard University in New Orleans, Atlanta University in Atlanta, a Master’s of Social Work and the Doctorate of Social Work from Columbia University in New York.
Dr. Beckley says she is very excited about this appointment, as she is the first appointed member from a Mississippi private college.
“I look forward to working with other commissioners in carrying out the process of assuring quality in Social Work programs throughout the country,” she said.
Other CSWE-approved programs in Mississippi are Jackson State University, Mississippi Valley State University, University of Mississippi and University of Southern Mississippi.
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