MSW Faculty

Maureen V. Himchak, Ph.D., LCSW

Assistant Professor

Maureen V. Himchak is an Assistant Professor at Kean University teaching Graduate Research, Human Behavior, and Social Work Practice.  Dr. Himchak has obtained her degrees from Fordham University.  She has her Ph.D. in Social Work, specializing in Gerontology (1995), an MSW in Individual and Family Counseling (1988), and a Masters of Science in Religious Studies (1976).  In practice, Dr. Himchak is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is Certified in Social Work Supervision and as a School Social Worker in the State of New Jersey.

She has presented at the Audem International Conference and numerous CSWE Conferences. Dr. Himchak has just recently published an article in the Journal Social Work, Values, and Ethics entitled "A Social Justice Value Approach towards Physician Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia among the Elderly."


Josephine Jarolmen, Ph.D., LCSW


Dr. Jarolman has a Ph.D. from Rutgers University and M.S.W. from Fordham University.  She has extensive experience in Social Work education, having served as a high school social worker for more than twenty years before beginning her work in academia.  She has taught as a Field Supervisor at Rutgers, as a senior lecturer at Columbia University, and as a professor and director of field education for Dominican College.  She has also published extensively, especially in relation to high school social work practices and death, dying, and aging.  Her most recent publication is her 2014 book from Sage Publications: School Social Work: A Direct Practice Guide.



Josephine Norward, Ph.D., ACSW

Associate Professor

Dr. Norward has taught at Kean University since 1991.  She has worked in school social work settings, agencies serving high risk youth, children, and families.  She has served as a consultant for agencies in Philadelphia and New Jersey.  Her research interests include social justice issues to include access to clean water, domestic violence, and treatment of prisoners in developing countries. Dr.  Norward teaches practice, policy, and human behavior courses.

Dr. Norward worked as a social worker in South Africa following her graduation from the University of Zululand.  She was selected for participation in a professional development program sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she completed her MSW degree.  She earned her Ph.D. in Administration Policy and Planning from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Before joing Kean University, she taught at the University of Tampa.


Jennifer A. Pax, J.D., LCSW


Jennifer A. Pax, J.D., L.C.S.W. has worked with the Kean University MSW Program since 2011 and joined the full-time faculty in 2013. She teaches in foundation practice areas, human development in the social environment, and research. She is at an advanced level in her doctoral studies specializing in human development and family science. Specifically, she researches family issues ranging from youth development, transition to adulthood, and work and family. She is extensively studied conflict resolution and communication and worked as a professional mediator and family/divorce attorney.  She has worked in healthcare and enjoys clinical work and collaborations with multiple disciplines in healthcare. 


Dr. Myra Robinson


Dr. Myra Robinson has been a professional social worker for over thirty years.  Dr. Robinson has a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Morgan State University, a Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland and a Ph.D. in Social Work from Yeshiva University.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Licensed Clinical Supervisor.  She has worked in the areas of child welfare, including foster care, school social worker, mental health, substance abuse and veteran’s services.

Her area of interest is trauma and cultural competence.  She has presented workshops on these topics at the National Association of Social Work (NASW).   She has worked as an adjunct for over nine years teaching at Kean University, Rutgers University and William Paterson University and now joins the Graduate Social Work Program as a full time Lecturer.