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Published on Monday, May 1, 2023

GADE Announces Three New Board Members & President-Elect

May 1, 2023: The Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education (GADE) today announced three new members to the Board of Directors who will each help support its work to promote excellence in doctoral education in social work.

“We’re excited to welcome three new board members, Drs. Louanne Bakk, Jennifer Greenfield, and Stephen Tripodi, who bring a wealth of expertise to our work as an organization,” said GADE President Dr. Denise Burnette. Each of these social work scholars has held key leadership roles in their respective universities and professional communities, and they bring years of deep knowledge and experience in social work doctoral education to the Board.” 

We also wish to extend warmest congratulations to Dr. Mimi V. Chapman, our new President-Elect. Dr. Chapman is the Frank J. Daniels Chair and Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work, where she has served as the school’s Associate Dean for Doctoral Education since 2019 and Chair of the UNC Chapel Hill Faculty since 2020. Dr. Chapman also brings significant experience with GADE, having served as secretary of the Board this past year and as an active member of other committees. 

The Board serves as the administrative body of the organization and provides strategic leadership to the membership and its constituencies. The Board consists of ten persons elected by GADE membership.

The new board members begin their terms effective June 1, 2023. The three new board members are:

  • Dr. Louanne Bakk, Clinical Associate Professor & DSW Program Director, University at Buffalo, was appointed to a one-year term as secretary

  • Dr. Jennifer Greenfield, Associate Professor & Associate Dean for Doctoral Education, University of Denver, was elected to a thre-year term as an at-large member

  • Dr. Stephen Tripodi, Associate Professor & Doctoral Program Director, Florida State University, was elected to a three-year term as an at-large member

Dr. Burnette added, “On behalf of the board, I want to express our gratitude to Drs. G. Lawrence Farmer (Fordham University), Julia R. Henly (The University of Chicago), and Michael C. LaSala (Rutgers University) who have concluded their service as valued board members. Additionally, I want to thank Larry and Julie for their willingness to continue their service and serve as Immediate Co-Past Presidents over the last year. We wish Larry, Julie, and Michael the best in future endeavors, and we look forward to their continued support of GADE.”

To learn more about the GADE Board of Directors, visit


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The Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work (GADE) is an organization of more than 100 social work doctoral program directors from member institutions. Founded in 1977, our mission is to promote excellence and equity in social work doctoral education through networking, capacity building, and stewardship of the profession. Toward that end, members share knowledge and resources that support innovation and excellence in doctoral education for developing and existing programs; promote the development of doctoral students in all their diversity and publicly recognize their achievements and contributions to the profession; and represent and promote the interests and concerns of social work and social welfare doctoral programs in the larger profession. Since 1992, GADE has strived to codify and unify these goals and principles in its Quality Guidelines for PhD Programs in Social Work.


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