Drs. Harding and Kurz Accept New Positions at the School of Social Work

Effective August 2013, Dr. Scott Harding is the new Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Dr. Brenda Kurz is the MSW Program Director.  On making these appointments, Dean Raheim said “I appreciate the commitments made by both Scott and Brenda and look forward to our work as a team.”

Scott Harding, PhD
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Dr. Harding is an associate professor and joined the social work faculty in 2004.  He has taught courses in community organization, macro foundation practice, and a special topics course on war, militarism and imperialism. His areas of specialization include community organization and practice, poverty, social problems and social welfare policy, political advocacy, and war, militarism, and imperialism. His research interests are community organizing, globalization, war and militarism, political social work, and forced migration.  Dr. Harding received the Doctorate of Social Welfare from the University of Washington and the Master of Social Work from the California State University–Sacramento.

As Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Dr. Harding will foster academic excellence, diversity and cultural competence of the school’s academic programs, while promoting efficient use of resources and effective operation of administrative units to support the academic mission.  He will also promote the school’s academic mission within the university and among external constituencies.

Brenda Kurz, PhD
MSW Program DirectorDr. Brenda Kurz is an associate professor and joined the social work faculty in 1999. She has taught courses in casework, micro foundation theory and practice, and social work practice with children and families. Her areas of specialization include casework, foundation practice, and research.  Her research interests are behavioral and mental health related to maternal child health, disparities in mental health care utilization, public health and social work education and evaluation.  Dr. Kurz received the Doctorate of Philosophy in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill and the Master of Social Work from Smith College.

As MSW Program Director, Dr. Kurz will promote achievement of the goals of the MSW Program and initiatives to meet the needs of MSW students.

“I extend my sincere gratitude and heartfelt appreciation to former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and MSW Program Director Catherine Havens for her many years of dedicated service.  She has been an excellent leader, colleague and Associate Dean, who has worked tirelessly for and with faculty, students, staff, alumni and friends of the School of Social Work,” said Dean Raheim.