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Dean Beth Angell

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Beth Angell, Ph.D.

Dr. Beth Angell is dean and professor at the VCU School of Social Work. Prior to assuming the deanship in 2018, Dean Angell served as a faculty member at the Rutgers University School of Social Work (2008-2018) and the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration (2000-2008), and she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania School of Policy and Practice from 1999-2000.

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Frank R. Baskind

Dean emeritus and professor

Frank Baskind, Ph.D., is dean emeritus and professor in the School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University. He served as dean of the School of Social Work (1992-2008) and University ombudsman (2008-2013). Baskind is currently a member of United Way of Greater Richmond Community Building Committee and past member of Connecticut and Tennessee State NASW Board of Directors. His creation and coordination of Help-Line of Central Connecticut, a crisis intervention and suicide prevention telephone network for a six-town region in Connecticut, launched his career in professional social work practice and education.

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Jill Butler

Online M.S.W. field coordinator and assistant professor in teaching

Jill Butler, M.S.W., M.S., joined the VCU School of Social Work in May 2020 as the Online M.S.W. field coordinator and assistant professor in teaching. She will be managing the field site development and matching process for online students. In addition, Butler will teach courses in the M.S.W. Program, as she has done since becoming an adjunct instructor and faculty field liaison at VCU in August 2019. She previously taught in the M.S.W. program at her alma mater, Widener University.

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Jamie L. Cage

Assistant professor

Jamie L. Cage, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work. Dr. Cage teaches research courses in both the B.S.W. and M.S.W. Programs. She is committed to supporting students’ growing knowledge of research methods and analyses through traditional, course-based teaching, and through non-traditional independent guided research projects.

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Stevara Haley Clark

M.S.W. Program assistant director (online) and assistant professor in teaching

Stevara Haley Clark, M.S.W., assistant professor in teaching, serves as the online coordinator and faculty member for the M.S.W. Program. Stevara is committed to making the social work profession and field education experiences available to students more broadly and resourcefully. Through the experiences of being a field instructor, field liaison and classroom instructor, she has learned and researched best practices to develop, implement, instruct, evaluate and support the social work curriculum.

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Kimberly Compton


Kimberly Compton, M.S.W., Ph.D. candidate, is a teaching faculty instructor at VCU. Compton has developed a range of teaching experiences since 2013: online, face-to-face and as a field instructor. As a practitioner, instructor and researcher, Compton seeks out unexpected intersections of social work with other fields. In practice, Compton was executive director of ReEstablish Richmond, a refugee-focused nonprofit, and program director at an urban farm in Richmond’s East End that provided fresh vegetables to corner stores.

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Carrie Hartwell


Carrie Hartwell, Ph.D., LCSW, is a VCU School of Social Work faculty member and licensed clinician. Her primary interests include trauma, traumatic brain injury, anxiety and mood disorders, empowerment-based practice, and risk and resiliency among refugees, asylum-seekers, and survivors of human trafficking. She has over 21 years of experience as a mental health practitioner in the U.S. and abroad.

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Nicole L. Lee

M.S.W. Program assistant director (on campus) and associate professor in teaching

Nicole “Nicki” Lee, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the VCU School of Social Work. An experienced social work educator, Dr. Lee has spent over a decade teaching in the M.S.W. and B.S.W. Programs. Her scholarly interests include social work teaching pedagogy, program evaluation, intimate partner violence in communities of color, and the impact of health on the psychosocial functioning of individuals and communities.

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Nicole O-Pries

Associate professor

Nicole O-Pries, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker in Virginia and a certified family trauma practitioner. She is a certified practitioner in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Level 1 Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy. O-Pries brings nearly 20 years of nonprofit experience, much of which has focused on developing effective services for youth and families who have experienced trauma.

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