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Dominican University Appoints Charlie Stoops as Dean of Graduate School of Social Work

River Forest, IL – Dominican University has appointed Dr. Charlie Stoops, LCSW, as dean of its Graduate School of Social Work. Dr. Stoops joined the school in 2003 and was serving as acting dean before his appointment. He continues as an associate professor in the school.

Stoops has been an innovator in the classroom, developing partnerships with the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, Heartland Alliance, Sarah’s Inn and the State’s Attorney’s Office to provide students with practical experience in real world program development and political advocacy. He has chaired the GSSW’s social welfare policy curriculum and developed a course on violence across the lifespan in the human behavior and social environment sequence. 

In 2010, Stoops received the Community Advocate of the Year Award from the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network. His research focuses on domestic violence, particularly men who batter. He is a founding member of the Center for Advancing Domestic Peace, Inc. (formerly the West Side Domestic Abuse Project, Inc.). Organized in 2004 as a community-based, nonprofit social service agency, the Center provides intervention services for men and women who use violence in domestic or intimate relationships. The Center serves over 400 participants each year at three locations in Chicago. 

Stoops received his doctorate in social work from Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Accredited by the Council of Social Work Education, Dominican’s Graduate School of Social Work is recognized as a national leader for its globally focused, family-centered program. The school is committed to offering students a wide range of local, national and international field placements, including with programs in India, South Africa, Mexico, Ecuador, Guatemala, Tanzania and Rwanda. 

The school offers a five-year bachelor’s degree in sociology/master’s degree in social work, as well as a concentration in gerontology and dual degree programs with Dominican’s Brennan School of Business (MSW/MBA) and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (MSW/MLIS). For more information on the GSSW, please call (708) 366-3463 or visit  

Posted on 06/06/12 at 09:16 AM


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