MSW Faculty

Dr.Telvis Rich

Dr. Telvis M. Rich

Director
terich@kean.edu
(908) 737-4046

 

Dr. Telvis M. Rich holds a baccalaureate and master level degrees in Social Work from the University of Georgia, a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Biblical Studies, and a Doctor of Education in Human Development and Organizational Leadership from Northeastern University. With twenty years of practice and higher education administration experience, Dr. Rich, a licensed social worker, has served as a School Social Worker, Foster Care Case Manager, Chief Executive Officer of a large non-profit organization serving diverse populations, co-founder of assistant living facility serving persons with multiple diagnosis, and a host of leadership roles in social work education and student affairs. As an undergraduate, Dr. Rich was the first African American to serve as the Student Government President where he worked closely with University presidents representing the Southeastern Conference member institutions.

As a scholar, Dr. Rich’s has an active research agenda which focuses on Workplace Engagement and Inclusion, Adjunct Faculty, and Spiritual Coping of Faculty, Students, and Professionals of Color in Higher Education. His published work has been presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, the Baccalaureate Program Directors’ Conference, the National Association of Black Social Workers International Conference, the National Association of Social Workers (Georgia and Pennsylvania Chapters) Conferences, the North American Association of Christians in Social Work, the Society for Social Work and Research, and the Social Work Distance Education Conference. In 2017, Dr. Rich was invited to present his scholarly work on the factors impacting adjuncts job satisfaction in China.
As a proven administrator, Dr. Rich has developed social work curricula, co-authored benchmark content for a new global Master of Social Work program, served on social work advisory councils, and led national presentations on faculty development to enhance faculty and student retention. Further, Dr. Rich has taught at the baccalaureate, master and doctoral levels., to include serving as a dissertation chair.  His personal motto is “In all things, give thanks.”

Karina Caytuero-Porter

Mrs. Karina Caytuero-Porter

Program Assistant
caytuerk@kean.edu
(908) 737-4043

 

Karina Caytuero-Porter is a Public Administration Major, who will pursue her Masters Public Health Administration in 2018. She has served as a Program Assistant in the Social Work Department since 2010, and been an active member of the  Kean University family since 2008.

Maureen Himchak

Maureen V. Himchak, Ph.D., LCSW

Assistant Professor
mhimchak@kean.edu
(908) 737-4048

Dr. Maureen V. Himchak, LCSW is an Assistant Professor of Social Work Research and Social Work Practice in the Nathan Weiss Graduate School at Kean University. Dr. Himchak holds degrees in the following areas: B.S. Education, College of St. Elizabeth, Convent Station, NJ., M.S. Religious Education, MSW Individual and Family Counseling, PhD. In Social Work Specialization Gerontology, Fordham University, NY. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified in Social Work Clinical Supervision, School Social Worker, and a School Teacher in the State of New Jersey. 

Dr. Himchak has peer-reviewed publications a chapter entitled:  Suicide: Issues in Physician-Assisted Suicide in the Encyclopedia of Primary Prevention and Health Promotion, (2ed), vol 4, Springer Publishing Co., an article entitled  A Social Justice Value Approach Regarding Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia Among the Elderly.  Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics. Co-authored articles: Co-authored two articles: NCPEA Education Leadership Review, winter 2016, entitled “children of Immigration: Developmental Approach/ An Imperative for Social Justice.   International Problems of Intimate Partner Violence and Its Impact upon Immigrant Groups in the United States. Journal of Global Social Work Practice, Vol. 4, No 2. Nov/Dec.  Dr. Himchak presented at International conferences and National conferences: Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Research American Educational Research Association (AERA), Research on Women and Education.  Dr. Himchak enjoys variety of aspects Self-Care.

Dr. Jarolman

Josephine Jarolmen, Ph.D., LCSW

Lecturer
jjarolme@kean.edu
(908) 737-4037

Dr. Jarolmen 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 visiting professor at Ramapo College, 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, death, dying, and aging, and the human-animal bond.  Her recent publication is her 2014 book from Sage Publications: School Social Work: A Direct Practice Guide. She currently has an article in press (2017): The effects of the Animal-Assisted Activities on college students before/after a final exam. The research for this article was conducted at Kean University

George Lowe

George Lowe, LSW

Lecturer
lowege@kean.edu
(908) 737-3034

George Lowe, LSW, is newly hired full time lecturer in the Social Work Department. Prior to the full-time appointment, he served as an adjunct instructor at Kean Ocean since 2013. He is a graduate of Metropolitan College, NY, NY and has a Master of Social Work from Hunter College, NY, NY. Prior to working at Kean University, Professor George Lowe was an Adjunct Professor at Monmouth University where he taught research.  While in graduate school he interned at St. Clare’s Hospital in NY and over 15 years, worked his way up to Vice President of Ambulatory Care. Additionally, he has extensive experience working with clients around, HIV/AIDS, prison populations, homelessness, substance use and mental health issues. Client Advocacy has been the main focus in his 35-year career and uses his experiences when teaching Social Welfare Policy and Research.

Dr. Norward

 

Josephine Norward, Ph.D., ACSW

Associate Professor
jnorward@kean.edu
(908) 737-4033

Dr. Josephine Norma Norward is an Associate Professor of Social Work at Kean University. She received her undergraduate social work diploma from the University of Zululand, South Africa; a Master degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a concentration in Aging, and a PhD in Administration and Planning from Clark Atlanta University, Georgia. She holds an online teaching certificate from Rutgers University E-College; a NJ certificate in School Social Work and was a recipient of a scholarship to the Harvard Institute of Higher Education’s Management & Leadership Development Program.

Prior to joining the BSW Program at Kean University, Dr. Norward taught at Tampa University for two years. She returned to practice working as a school social worker for the Hillsborough Board of Education in Tampa Florida.  Over the past 26 years she has served the Department of Social Work at Kean University teaching in the areas of social welfare policy, social work practice, human behavior, and the social environment. She Chaired the MSW program for six years and successfully coordinated the program’s reaffirmation process. She has presented at international conferences, at CSWE APM conferences and BPD; participated in university wide committees and did consultation for school-based programs and adoption agencies.  A documentary on investigative journalism in South Africa that she has been working on with colleagues at Kean University is being reviewed for release.  She enjoys music, travelling and practicing yoga

Jennifer Pax

Jennifer A. Pax, J.D., LCSW

Lecturer
jpax@kean.edu
(908) 737-4042

Jennifer A. Pax holds a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Rehabilitation Services from the Pennsylvania State University, a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Rutgers University, a Juris Doctorate (JD) from New York School of Law at City University, and is a candidate for Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Human Development and Family Science from Montclair State University. Professor Pax has a clinical social work license (LCSW) and has a law license in the State of New Jersey. Professor Pax has worked closely with individuals experiencing mental and medical health challenges in various healthcare settings. She has also worked extensively in the area of family law and mediation.

Professor Pax is the coordinator for the Kean Masters in Child Welfare Program (Title IV-E) and was appointed by Governor Christie to the New Jersey Child Fatality and Near Fatality Board.  Further, Professor Pax has published a book chapter and presented in leading social work and human development conferences throughout the northeast, and the nation. Professor Pax is the faculty adviser of the Social Work Club and member of the Institutional Review Board at Kean University. When away from the busy academic experiences and clinical practice, she enjoys time with family exploring national parks. Professor Pax is the proud parent of four children. 

Dr.Myra Robinson

Dr. Myra Robinson

Lecturer
myrobins@kean.edu
(908) 737-4041

Dr. Myra Robinson holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Morgan State University, a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Maryland, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Social Work from Yeshiva University.  With over thirty years in Social Work practice, a clinical social work license (LCSW), and a clinical social work supervisor license, Dr. Robinson’s interests have included work on Trauma and Urban Social Work.  Dr. Robinson has worked as a Social Work Facilitator with the East Orange School District and as a Social Worker with the Veterans Medical Center in the psychiatry and substance abuse units. 

Dr. Robinson is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) and has worked extensively with individuals experiencing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Dr. Robinson has presented at leading Social Work conferences on topics such as Understanding Trauma Among Inner City Adolescents, Breaking the Myth of the Single Black Mother, Listening, with the Fourth Ear: A Model for Culturally Competent Treatment, and Use of Spiritual-Focused Coping among Working Class African American Women. Additionally, Dr. Robinson has published a chapter on “Foster Care” in the Encyclopedia of Social Problems, an article on “Spirituality” in the Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work, and an article on “Big Pharma” in Ethical Human Psychology and Psychiatry.
She enjoys traveling, especially to the Caribbean, with her family.  She has one son and one grandson, who is her heart.

David Rosen

Dr. David Rosen, LCSW

darosen@kean.edu
(908) 737-4038

Dr. David Rosen LCSW received his Doctorate in Behavioral Health from Arizona State University in 2012, his MSW from Rutgers University in 1996 and has been a NJ-Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1998, with a dual professional focus on both addiction treatment of adolescents and HIV treatment adherence with LGBT populations. In addition to his teaching responsibilities at Kean, Dr. Rosen maintains his clinical skills through his position as the Clinical Director of Hudson Pride Connections, an LGBT social service agency that provides HIV linkage to care, treatment adherence and prevention services for clients and delivers HIV/LGBT sensitivity trainings to allied health professionals across NJ.

For over 20 years, Dr. Rosen has presented at conferences, trainings, and workshops at the national, state and local level on topics such as HIV behavioral care, treatment adherence and LGBT sensitivity.  A native New Yorker, Dr. Rosen currently lives in Jersey City with his husband of 16 years and two rather destructive (but lovable) cats of a similar age.  The irony of a trained Behavioral Care Provider being unable to keep two felines from continuously wreaking havoc upon household furniture has not gone unnoticed by his husband…or the cats.