Published on : May 12, 2021
The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) proudly announced today that Megan Fujita, PhD, MSW, has been hired as the executive director of accreditation. In this role, she will oversee CSWE’s Accreditation Department and support the candidacy and reaffirmation of more than 800 social work programs across the United States.
“I am excited to join CSWE’s team and help programs, faculty, and administrators meet standards to provide innovative and comprehensive education for tomorrow’s social workers. I am a social worker at heart and believe CSWE’s policies and standards can help prepare social workers to identify strengths and tackle the challenges facing our communities today and tomorrow,” Fujita said.
Before joining CSWE in this role, Fujita was the assistant dean of assessment and evaluation at the George Washington University School of Nursing. She led and supervised teams to achieve assessment and evaluation goals related to curriculum, clinical education, and accreditation activities for programs at all levels—baccalaureate, master's, practice doctorate, and PhD. This experience, combined with her previous experience as the associate director of accreditation at CSWE, affords her a unique vantage point of higher education pedagogies and compliance policies to advance the mission of CSWE.
“Megan brings a wealth of experience in accreditation to our team, and we welcome her leadership and data-driven approach to CSWE’s work, especially as we develop our 2022 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. Megan knows social work accreditation inside and out, having been a member of our accreditation team, and she also has overseen accreditation activities for other practice degrees,” said CSWE President and CEO Darla Spence Coffey, PhD, MSW.
Fujita, who holds a PhD in education policy from George Mason University, earned her MSW and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Michigan. Prior to her role at George Washington University, she served as a doctoral research scholar at George Mason University, as the curriculum coordinator at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, and previously worked as a domestic violence and sexual assault survivor advocate. Fujita’s research focuses on mental health among college students with disabilities, and she is currently a lecturer at George Washington University’s School of Nursing.