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PhD in Social Welfare

Doctoral Program in Social Welfare

In AY2013-2014, GSSW launched an International Doctoral Program in Social Welfare, in collaboration with two Jesuit universities in Mexico and with funding from Santander Universities Foundation. The initial cohort includes one student from Universidad Iberoamericana, one from Instituto Tecnol√≥gico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO) and six from Boston College. During the first year, all students remain in their home countries and take two courses remotely, Survey of Research Methods in Social and Behavioral Science (Professor James Lubben) and Social Work Intervention Research (Professor Kevin Mahoney). 

The instructors and their assistants worked with IDeS to create online versions of these courses, previously taught in the classroom. Course sites are currently in Blackboard Vista, with modules that include video introductions and recorded presentations, interviews with experts in the featured research methods, and opportunities for both synchronous and asynchronous interaction. Collaborations with other Jesuit Universities in Latin America are planned for future years.

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Project Team

Program Faculty

  • James Lubben Professor, Director International Doctoral Program in Social Welfare (GSSW)
  • Kevin Mahoney Professor GSSW

Teaching Assistants

  • Haesang Jeon GSSW '13
  • Abby Schwartz GSSW '13
  • Christopher Salas-Wright GSSW '16

Administrative Support

  • Alexandria Burke Assistant Director Student Services, International Doctoral Program in Social Welfare (GSSW)
  • Mary Quirk Administrative Assistant Participant-Directed Services
  • Brenda Vitale Assistant Director Student Services, Doctoral Program in Social Work (GSSW)

Video Production

  • Rick Sheiber Video Production Specialist Media Technology Services

Graphic Design 

  • Gabriel LaRusso Instructional Web Producer IDeS

Instructional Designers

  • Richard Aust Instructional Designer International Doctoral Program in Social Welfare (GSSW)
  • Andrew Reynolds Instructional Designer International Doctoral Program in Social Welfare (GSSW)

Project Managers

  • Sarah Castricum Instructional Designer IDeS  
  • Jeanne Po Associate Director IDeS