Dr. Todd Rofuth has been Chairperson of the Social Work Department for 18 years, a professor at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) for 28 years and was the former Director of the Urban Studies Program for ten years. He has taught at both the graduate and undergraduate level including many courses in social service management, research, social welfare policy, ethnic realities, and the thesis practicum seminar. His most recent accomplishment was to create a Doctor of Social Work Program for SCSU which commenced operation in June 2018. He has presented at more than 50 national and regional conferences and workshops and several international meetings. Dr. Rofuth holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and a Doctor of Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania. In 2013 he completed two three year terms as Vice President of the National Association of Deans and Directors (NADD) for Graduate Social Work programs. He served on the Board of NADD for 11 years. From 2000-2002 he was the Co-Coordinator of SCSU's 10-year reaccreditation self-study for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. He has had 35 years post MSW social work practice experience primarily in social welfare policy analysis, research and supervisory positions in federal and state government and private consulting. While attending the doctoral program at the University of Pennsylvania Dr. Rofuth worked at the Wharton School as a Senior Research Associate Directing the Economic Development and Jobs project. He served as a Policy Analyst in the General Service Administration Office of the Administrator during the Jimmy Carter administration and evaluated the Labor Surplus Set-Aside Program and designed a contract proposal for the President's Report to the Congress. He also served as the Director of the Maryland Department of Human Resources, Office of Welfare Employment and Policy. He has obtained over 60 grants in a variety of areas including child welfare, drug courts, community housing, Ryan White, child care and welfare reform. Since 2006 Dr. Rofuth has served on the editorial board of Journal of Family Social Work. Dr. Rofuth is a site visitor chairperson for CSWE and has conducted eight site visits. He also has served as an external promotion and tenure reviewer for five universities. He is active in the New Haven community including serving on the Board of the New Haven Farms and the Board of the New Haven Occupational Industrial Corporation. Julie M. Piepenbring has taught in the Social Work department at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) for over six years as an adjunct professor and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Social Work department at the College of Saint Rose. She has extensive leadership and management experience working in nonprofit social service organizations and as a Chief Clinical Officer and Executive Vice President, she applied her social work knowledge and skills in the administrative arena to successfully lead large teams and expand programs. During her tenure as an executive leader in a large nonprofit organization, she also taught in the SCSU graduate social work program and provided clinical therapy to children and adults in private practice for more than ten years. She has experience working in a variety of settings that required managing challenging clinical administrative issues, educating other clinicians and students, and troubleshooting in complex administrative hierarchies. Julie obtained her MSW from Southern Connecticut State University and her doctorate in social work from Fordham University. Her research and academic interests have focused on Autism and the impact of ASD on families, culturally competent clinical practice, and organizational leadership. Julie has presented on ASD related topics at national and local conferences and was an invited panelist at Autism Speaks, CT chapter. She has presented on "Strategic Planning" and the "It Factors of Leadership" at the National Network for Social Work Management. Julie strongly believes in the practice principles of empowerment, modeling, collaboration, and coaching when working with teams. Additionally, she is the type of professor who supportively challenges students to become critical thinkers and aim to instill the value of continuous growth by encouraging and expecting them to work to their full potential. Julie is incredibly passionate about and committed to the social work profession, and takes great pride in educating our future leaders in the field.