SSW Faculty Chair: Jodi Frey, MSW, PhD
The SSW Faculty Organization (referred to as the “FO”) is the official faculty body of the School of Social Work. It consists of the members of the social work faculty of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and of the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC). From here on the term "School of Social Work" or SSW shall be taken to include the faculty members of UMB and UMBC. The functions of the Faculty Organization are to: (1) enable the SSW faculty to exercise its control over curriculum and related academic matters; (2) participate in the planning, execution and evaluation of policy regarding the School in its relationship to the University and the social welfare communities; and (3) attend to all matters related to faculty governance. Except for the administrative divisions of the UMB and UMBC programs, the School is one unit and is not departmentalized and should be considered a single unit with a single faculty.
The FO meets at least twice each semester and is the means through which the faculty of the School of Social Work participates in the governance of the School. The Faculty Executive Committee (FEC) sets the agenda for FO meetings and the Faculty Plan of Organization (FPO) shall serve as a constitutional document for the faculty in carrying out its responsibilities. [See Full ]
All faculty are expected to participate in FO meetings and committees. As stated in the FPO, “Each faculty member shall be appointed by the beginning of Fall semester of the academic year to at least one and not more than two Curriculum Area Committees. In addition, each faculty member shall be appointed to one, and not more than two, Specialization Committees.” [See Current FO Committee List]
The FO carries final authority for the curriculum and degree requirements for students, subject to the general policies of the University of Maryland established by the Board of Regents. The FO also shares responsibility with the Dean for developing and implementing University and School policies and procedures.