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School of Social Work Alumna Appointed Vice President of Education for Council on Social Work Education

Dr. Jo Ann Coe Regan
Dr. Jo Ann Coe Regan

The University of Texas at Arlington’s School of Social Work congratulates alumna Jo Ann Coe Regan on her recent appointment of Vice President of Education at the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Dr. Regan earned her doctoral degree from UTA’s School of Social Work in 1999 and her Masters in social work from Our Lady of the Lake University in 1989.

CSWE is the national association representing over 750 accredited social work programs, as well as 2,500 individual members. The organization is the sole accreditor for baccalaureate and masters level social work education in the US. 

As Vice President of Education at CSWE, Regan is responsible for the education division. This includes the departments of educational and research initiatives, social work accreditation, publications, and the CSWE Press.. “My goal as VP of Education at CSWE is to strengthen social work education programs by striving to create a more highly educated workforce of social workers,” said Regan. 

Priorities and initiatives for the education division include the new CSWE Learning Academy for faculty training and academic teams in the areas of competency assessment, leadership, teaching resources, and funding partnerships.

“Through these initiatives, CSWE hopes to create more opportunities to enhance social work education for social work educators and students,” said Regan. Previously, Regan served as director in the Office of Social Work Accreditation at CSWE for three years and accreditation specialist for over a year at the organization. She also served on the faculties at the University of South Carolina, University of Hawaii at Manoa, and California State University, Long Beach where she developed, administered and taught social work distance education programs. In her professorships at these universities her research and publications have focused on distance education and the use of technology for social work education and practice, which was the focus of her dissertation work at UTA.  

Regan co-authored a book called Integrating Technology into the Social Work Curriculum and has a number of peer-reviewed publications on the use and evaluation of technology in social work education. 

Prior to entering the field of education, Regan worked as a social worker in various settings including child protective services, state hospitals, and residential treatment centers throughout Texas.

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