Christina Chiarelli-HelminiakChristina Chiarelli-Helminiak ’14 PhD, was appointed department chair and MSW Program Director at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Dr. Chiarelli-Helminiak joined West Chester University as an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Social Work department in 2014. Her research focuses on issues related to social justice and human rights. She researches burnout and job satisfaction, most recently conducting a national survey on social work educators. She also researches the integration of human rights into social work curricula, is a Research Affiliate of UConn’s Human Rights Institute’s Research Program on Economic and Social Rights, and serves as the Associate Editor of Teaching Human Rights, which she co-founded.

Scott Harding, Co-Director of the PhD Program, said that Dr. Chiarelli-Helminiak was highly respected by her peers and demonstrated strong administrative skills during her tenure in the PhD program. “As a doctoral student, Dr. Chiarelli-Helminiak was highly motivated and engaged. She was an active member of the School of Social Work community, serving as a dynamic student representative to the PhD Program Committee and an instructor of several MSW courses. We are thrilled to see her assume this important social work leadership role.”