Dr. Hope Haslam Straughan

Dr. Hope Haslam Straughan
Interim Dean, School of Social Work, Leadership, and Youth Advocacy

Dean, School of Social Work, Leadership, and Youth Advocacy

Hope Haslam Straughan is responsible for the following academic departments: Social Work (BSW, MSW Boston & Wheelock@Worcester), Leadership & Policy, and Youth Justice and Advocacy. She joined Wheelock College in fall 2000 as a part-time MSW faculty member, followed by service as the Social Work Field Coordinator through 2003, and then shifting into a tenure track Social Work position in the fall of 2003. She received promotion to Associate Professor and tenure in the spring of 2010, and became the Interim Chair of Social Work in November of 2010, and the Director of the MSW program in January, 2011. She became an Associate Dean in July of 2012 and Dean in 2017.

Her research and scholarship interests include spirituality within social work practice, justice-based social work, and foster care and adoption. The majority of her time is spent collaborating with the other administrative leaders in social work, juvenile justice and youth advocacy, child life and family studies, and nonprofit leadership in order to support and equip the full and part-time faculty and students in their human rights and justice-based projects, research, and teaching.

She co-teaches an interdisciplinary elective taught in the January intersession entitled "Spirituality in the Lives of Children and Families" with Sara Law-McCabe, MSW alum. She strives to set up a classroom environment that allows for a learning community to evolve. She views the learning process as a journey, partnered between the faculty and students, paralleling the worker and client partnership, requiring creativity, responsiveness, and knowledge/skill/value expertise.

She serves as a volunteer foster care case reviewer for the Department of Children and Families and is on the board of FAMILY, Inc., and Key, Inc., and a member of the founding group for the North American Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW) Massachusetts chapter.

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