Hats Off to Richard Barth
Dean of the University of Maryland School of Social Work
At Homecoming on Friday, March 6, 2015, the University of Maryland School of Social Work staged a panel discussion that gave me a whole new burst of pride in my Alma Mater and in our profession in general.
Titled “Beyond Power and Control: Understanding Partner Abuse Through Multiple Lenses,” the event courageously challenged the ideological hegemony imposed on our profession by the Duluth (“Power and Control”) Model of IPV. Keynote speaker Samuel R. Aymer, Associate Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work of Hunter College, brilliantly and compassionately pointed out where Duluth has merit and where it obstructs our work to understand and end IPV.
Tackling such a politically charged topic and selecting such a “politically incorrect” keynote speaker evidenced Dean Barth’s dynamic leadership and his commitment to research and evidence even when the science upsets entrenched world views.
Moreover, Dean Barth began the event with a State of the School overview which revealed that he has led the University of Maryland School of Social Work to a surge in funding for an impressive list of new research projects.
Another testament to Dean Barth’s skill and success as a leader is that he is a Founding Board Member and the Founding President of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.
Our school and our entire profession are fortunate indeed to have the leadership of Richard Barth.