CSWE Press

Successful Baccalaureate Social Work Programs: A Guide for Current and Emerging Leaders

Susan Mapp and Needha Boutté-Queen, Editors
Publication Date: 09/12/2023
ISBN: Print: 978-0-87293-217-3 | ebook: 978-0-87293-218-0
Pages: 508
Publisher: CSWE Press
Topics: Management Issues Technology
The social work profession continues to grow and evolve, and with that growth comes a demand for more leadership. New leaders are stepping into these roles, and existing leaders are striving to keep up with emerging needs and complexities, especially at the baccalaureate social work level . However, accessible opportunities to develop the skills to meet this leadership demand are often hard to come by.

That knowledge gap is what editors Susan Mapp, PhD, MSSW, and Needha Boutté-Queen, PhD, AM, seek to fill with Successful Baccalaureate Social Work Programs: A Guide for Current and Emerging Leaders. This dynamic volume brings together the research, experiences, and leadership insight of 25 social work educators into 18 chapters that cover everything from establishing a BSW program, to budgeting, to faculty and student recruitment strategies, to navigating legal issues, and more. Leadership development is an ongoing process, and Mapp and Boutté-Queen have delivered an essential guide for current and emerging social work leaders alike.


Kathleen Arban, Stacey Borasky, Needha Boutté-Queen, Jo Bailey, DuWayne Battle, Candyce Berger, Lori Darnel, Heather Diehl, James Drisko, Stephen “Arch” Erich, Warren K. Graham, Tanya Greathouse, Laurel Iverson Hitchcock, Jennifer R. Jewell, Heather Kanenberg, Kathryn Krase, Melody Loya, Leah K. Lazzaro, Susan Mapp, Consuelo Elizabeth Mendez-Shannon, Judith Kay Nelson, Cathryn C. Potter, Carolyn J. Tice, Suzanne Velázquez, and Kelly Ward.

About the Editors

Needha Boutté-Queen, PhD, is a Professor of Social Work at Texas Southern University, where she serves as the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Behavioral Sciences. She was Chair of the Social Work Department and BSW Program Director for over a decade and has also served as a field director and field liaison in the University of Houston system. She has more than 20 years of assessment, quality enhancement, and assurance experience. Dr. Boutté-Queen served as a Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation site visitor and Commissioner, and is currently her institution’s Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Associate Accreditation Liaison. She has participated in the writing of self-studies that led to successful initial accreditation and reaffirmation decisions, at both programmatic and institutional levels.

Susan Mapp, PhD, MSSW, is a Professor of Social Work and Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Innovation at Elizabethtown College. She served as the Social Work Department Chair and BSW Program Director for more than a decade and has served as Field Director and field liaison. At the national level, she served two terms on the Council on Social Work Education Board of Directors and one term on the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Board of Directors. She is the author of numerous articles and books, primarily on human rights and global social work and has presented her research at national and international conferences. Her work has been recognized through institutional and national awards.


The BSW program director fills a pivotal position in social work education, and the need for wellprepared program directors has never been greater. Successful Baccalaureate Social Work Programs: A Guide for Current and Emerging Leaders offers a fresh look at the many arenas in which a director must be skilled. Among the topics included are leadership, budgeting, recruiting, accreditation, assessment, online education, gatekeeping, and inclusivity. This book is current, relevant, clear, and a must-read for the BSW program director or anyone considering the position." — Michael R. Daley, PhD, LMSW-AP, ACSW, Regents Professor & Chair, Department of Social Work, Texas A&M University–Central Texas

This book is an extraordinary review of the knowledge, leadership abilities, and skills needed to be an undergraduate program director in social work. The book is clear, straightforward, reader-friendly, and is a must-own for anyone considering a leadership role or teaching in social work education.” — Freddie Avant, PhD, LMSW-AP, ACSW, SSWS, Associate Dean and Director, Stephen F. Austin State University School of Social Work

Successful Baccalaureate Social Work Programs: A Guide for Current and Emerging Leaders