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Shari Miller

David Okech

Mary Zorn Bates

Anthony Mallon

Rebecca Matthew

Ellen Pauloski

Familiar and fresh faces in new roles at the School of Social Work

Posted August 18, 2014
by Laurie Anderson

Athens, Ga. -- The University of Georgia School of Social Work recently welcomed new faculty and staff as well as familiar faces with new titles and duties for the 2014-2015 school year. Alberta “Bert” Ellett, who was named a Fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research in early 2014, returned to the school at the rank of full professor. Shari Miller and David Okech, veteran instructors, returned at the rank of associate professor with tenure. Miller now directs the undergraduate and doctoral programs, while Okech directs the master’s degree and international programs.

Also returning to the school, Mary Zorn Bates and Anthony Mallon now serve in the recently established positions of clinical assistant professor and senior academic professional, respectively.

Mary Zorn Bates earned her baccalaureate degree at Valdosta State University and her MSW at the University of Georgia. She joined the faculty in fall 2008 as coordinator of the Intellectual Capital Partnership Program. In this role, she provided award-winning instruction and clinical supervision for social work students and employees at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, Georgia. Additionally, she served as a temporary lecturer in the School of Social Work, primarily teaching clinical courses. In the spring of 2014 master’s degree students selected Bates as MSW Teacher of the Year. She has also been recognized and honored in recent years by the school and the university for outstanding teaching. Her experience includes clinical practice at Heartlight Therapeutics and Athens Associates for Counseling and Psychotherapy, and as director of social services and clinical supervisor of the Adult Psychiatric Unit at Charter Winds Psychiatric Hospital in Athens, Georgia.

Anthony Mallon steps in as interim director of the Institute for Nonprofit Organizations. Mallon earned his baccalaureate degree at the University of Connecticut, his MSW at the City University of New York, Hunter College, and a doctorate in political science and social work at the University of Michigan. His teaching experience includes instruction at Virginia Commonwealth University and as a lecturer at the University of Georgia in the School of Social Work. Mallon’s social work practice and non-profit organizations experience includes service as director of program resources, among other positions, for Women In Need, Inc., New York and, most recently, as executive director of Bread for Life, Athens, Georgia.

Newcomers Rebecca Matthew and Ellen Pauloski will provide expertise as a tenure-track assistant professor and BSW program academic advisor, respectively.

Rebecca Matthew received her doctorate and MSW degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, her MPH from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and her baccalaureate from the University of South Florida. Her doctoral dissertation examines the intersection between feminist thought and cooperative childcare. Her research interests include community and social development, poverty and social inequality, cooperatives and the social economy, and social policy. She has served as a lecturer and graduate student instructor in the School of Social Welfare at UC Berkeley, and also as a graduate student instructor at UNC, Chapel Hill School of Public Health.

Thanks to a special hiring initiative launched by Provost Pamela Whitten, Ellen Pauloski will provide administrative and degree support for the BSW program. Pauloski previously served as a collegiate athletics tutor and mentor at the University of Maryland, College Park, and as a campus minister with The Navigators, a nondenominational collegiate religious organization.

“We're happy to welcome this talented and accomplished group of faculty and staff in new roles at the school,” said Associate Dean Harold Briggs. “They enhance our mission in teaching, research and service.”