Effective August 15, 2023, Professor Tanya Voss will serve as the Assistant Dean for Global Engagement for the Steve Hicks School of Social Work (SHS).

Tanya will work closely with Dr. Rubén Parra-Cardona, Associate Dean for Global Engagement, to strengthen and increase learning initiatives in various locations around the world. These initiatives include exchange opportunities for faculty and students linked to partnerships with other universities, as well as practica for both BSW and MSSW students in new partner agencies.

“International social work has such a vital role to play in our world today and I am thrilled to play a role in making that even more real for our students, faculty, and global partners,” said Voss. “The Steve Hicks School of Social Work is on its way to becoming a hub for global education, international research, and transformational impact for interns and the places they land.”

“I can think of no one better prepared to help lead these initiatives and to collaborate with Dean Parra-Cardona than Tanya Voss,” said Allan Cole, Dean of SHS. “I am grateful for her many contributions to our field education program over the years. I also share her enthusiasm for this new role.”

Voss led the SHS field education program with distinction for the past 17 years. Among her many accomplishments, Voss created and instituted the Community Partnership Development Committee, which develops an average of 40 new internship sites each year, keeping the pool of placement options rich and diverse. The School also grew under her leadership from one grant-funded program to 10 programs that now provide up to a total of $639,000 (annual 2022-23) in student funding. Additionally, because of her leadership, student financial support for internships has grown to $1.2 million.

“Global engagement represents one of the most strategic areas for our School and I know Dean Voss will continue to offer enormous contributions to our school and the university in this new role,” said Dr. Parra-Cardona. “She is a strong and compassionate leader who embraces the values of social work and social justice in all her professional endeavors. It is my true honor to collaborate with Dean Voss as we continue to take the office of global engagement to all-new heights.”

A process to identify the next assistant dean for the field education program at SHS will begin shortly with additional information provided soon.