Dr. Nina Heller Reappointed Dean of School of Social Work

Dr. Nina Heller, Professor of Social Work, was appointed Interim Dean of the School of Social Work in July 2015, and she was appointed to the permanent position in July 2016. Under her leadership as Dean, Nina has successfully relocated the School of Social Work from West Hartford to Hartford, established a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program, and gained the respect of faculty and colleagues from across the University. Dean Heller has also contributed to UConn in many ways that serve the broader university, notably her role as Interim Director of the Hartford Campus.


As Dean Heller’s initial three year term drew to a close during the Spring semester, I charged a review committee to evaluate her performance. Having received uniformly positive support for Dean Heller’s leadership and character, I am delighted to inform you that I have offered, and Dean Heller has accepted, an extension of her term as Dean for five years.


I am grateful to the committee chair, Interim Dean Davita Glasberg, and the review committee consisting of Preston Britner of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Caitlin Elsaesser, Scott Harding, Beth Sharkey, and Louise Simmons of the School of Social Work for their thorough work on this review.


Please join me in congratulating Dean Heller on her reappointment.  



Jeremy Teitelbaum

Professor and Interim Provost