Linda Mauro named interim dean of School of Social Administration
Temple University Professor Linda M. Mauro, a former associate dean for academic affairs in the School of Social Administration (SSA), has been named interim dean of SSA by incoming President Ann Weaver Hart. Mauro, an expert on children's welfare and a former vice provost for faculty affairs throughout the University, assumes her new post effective July 1.
"I believe that Professor Mauro's appointment will be very well received by the faculty of the School of Social Administration," Hart said. "I am grateful that she is willing to aid the University in this period of transition, and I believe that she will provide outstanding leadership as interim dean."
Mauro succeeds Larry D. Icard, who is resigning effective June 30 to return to his research work on HIV/AIDS prevention.
"I am honored to lead the School of Social Administration, and I am looking forward to working with my colleagues on the school's faculty and staff to strengthen our academic programs and our administrative processes," Mauro said. "I also want to thank President Hart for this tremendous opportunity to serve the school and Temple."
The School of Social Administration will be preparing for and undergoing an accreditation review during the next two academic years. Temple does not plan to search for a new dean until after the school's reaccredidation process is completed during the 2007-08 academic year, Hart said, adding that she is confident that Mauro will successfully lead the school through its reaccredidation.
Temple's School of Social Administration has more than 700 students and offers bachelor's and master's degrees in social work. The MSW degree is offered both at Temple's Main Campus in Philadelphia and at Temple University Harrisburg. Through its Center for Social Policy and Community Development, the school provides training and technical assistance, policy advocacy and community development services to a variety of neighborhood organizations and agencies.
Mauro served as Temple's vice provost for faculty affairs from 2001 to 2004. In that role, she managed faculty appointments, tenure and promotion, among other duties. As SSA associate dean from 1999-2001, Mauro oversaw curriculum development and she implemented improved student orientation and advising capabilities. She won the University's Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1995.
Mauro has served on more than one dozen University committees, including Faculty Senate's Educational Policies and Programs Committee, the Student Affairs and Disciplinary Committees, and the Provost's Committee on the First Year. Mauro's scholarly interests focus on children's welfare, family violence and child placement. Her research projects have included improving social services to neglected and abused children and their families, and recruiting and training minority students, particularly those of Hispanic and Asian descent, for careers in public child welfare services.
Mauro joined Temple's faculty in 1978 while completing her doctorate in social work at the University of Pennsylvania, where she also received a master's degree in social work. She holds a bachelor's degree in history from the College of New Rochelle.