Director's Message

As the new director of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, welcome! After starting in my role on September 1, 2021, I have quickly learned that our School has a positive, student-centered, vibrant culture emphasizing student involvement, community engagement, equity and social justice, and a steadfast commitment to serving the Charlotte region and beyond. We have a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and a Master of Social Work (MSW) Program, both fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), offer students opportunities to become certified in School Social Work, are part of the NC Child Welfare Collaborative, and are part of an interdisciplinary collaboration that offers a Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Mental Health. In addition to our on-campus programs, we are proud to also offer a fully online pathway to earn the MSW degree, which affords working professionals an opportunity to earn a graduate degree without coming to campus. Our faculty not only bring their real-world expertise to these programs in the classroom, but also actively conduct and disseminate research focused on reducing disparities and promoting equity for underserved populations and developing and evaluating interventions for improving health and wellbeing.

Although we have high quality academic programs, provide rich opportunities for student field practicums in a variety of practice settings, and are doing impressive, community-engaged research with practical implications for solving some of the most complex social problems, we think you’ll find that the thing that makes our School of Social Work so special is the people. This includes our students, alumni, faculty, staff, and our many community partners! Like UNC Charlotte as a whole, our School has been consistently growing, no doubt due to the energy and excitement coming from our people and the work we’re all doing together. I found out firsthand that it’s an exciting time to join the School and I think you will, too! Please reach out or visit us to find out more. 



Beth Wahler, PhD, MSW
Professor and Director