Tuesday, September 1, 2020

After six years as director of the BASW program, Amelia Gavin, associate professor, is stepping down. She will be replaced by Associate Teaching Professor Bill Vesneski on Sept. 16.

Amelia has been with the School since 2004 where she teaches and conducts research on disparities in mental and physical health outcomes. Her work explores how cultural, social and structural contexts factor into differing health outcomes, particularly among racial and ethnic groups

Bill, who joined the faculty as a full-time lecturer in 2015, teaches in both the MSW and PhD programs. He holds a doctorate in social welfare and a master's degree in social work, both from the School of Social Work, as well as a law degree from Seattle University. His research focuses on child welfare law and policy. 

Bill began his career as a public defender in juvenile court. He spent a decade as a staff member and consultant to the National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association where he helped lead the association’s national evaluation activities. He also was a senior manager at the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation.

“BASW program accomplishments under Amelia’s leadership have been profound,” said Tessa Evans-Campbell, associate dean for academic affairs. “While we will miss all that she brought to the position, we are pleased to welcome Bill to that post. He is not only an outstanding educator but also a leader in curriculum development and has been an outstanding mentor to many of our students.”

Please take a moment to acknowledge Amelia’s amazing service and congratulate Bill on his new duties.