Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver

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The Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver
Type Academic unit of University of Denver
Established 1931
Dean James Herbert Williams
Academic staff
Postgraduates 425
Location Denver, CO, USA
Campus Suburban caucasian
Website Official website

The Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver (GSSW), is the oldest graduate school of social work in the Rocky Mountain Region. Founded in 1931, GSSW is currently ranked 17th by U.S. News & World Report [1]

GSSW enrolls approximately 425 students in the Master of Social Work degree program and approximately 30 students in its doctor of social work program. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council on Post-Secondary Accreditation. The accreditation has been continuous since 1933.


The school was founded in 1931 as a joint effort between The University of Denver's Department of Allied Social Services and community agencies such as Community Chest and the Denver chapter of the American Association of Social Workers (which later became National Association of Social Workers). Continuously accredited by the American Association of Professional Schools of Social Work since 1933, the program became known as the Graduate School of Social Work in 1942. In 1968, the school established one of the first doctoral programs in social work. In 2006, the Institute for Human Animal Connection was founded, the first institute of its type housed within a school of social work.[2][3]

Deans of the School[edit]

The University of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work has had 9 Directors or Deans in the history of the school. In celebration of the universities 150th anniversary, staff member Nick Ota-Wang (Admission Assistant & Social Media), and with help and support from Dr. John Kayser (Professor Emeritus) the school published a monthly blog series about each of the former Directors and Deans of the School. The series can be viewed online.

  • (Grace) Eleanor Kimble - 1931-1934 - Founding Director
  • Florence Hustinpiller - 1934 - 1947
  • Emil M. Sunley ("Sun") - 1947 - 1971 - 1st Dean/3rd Director
  • Kenneth W. Kindelsperger - 1971-1978
  • Everne McCummings - 1978 - 1985 - 1st person of color to serve as GSSW Dean, 1st African American to serve as dean at the University of Denver
  • Katherine "Kay" Vail - 1985-1987 - Acting Dean
  • John "Jack" F. Jones- 1987-1996
  • Catherine Foster Alter - 1996-2006
  • James Herbert Williams - 2010 - Present - Current Dean
  • Amanda Moore McBride - effective July 1, 2016 [4]

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Coordinates: 39°40′40″N 104°57′54″W / 39.677680°N 104.964924°W / 39.677680; -104.964924