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Buckles named SST dean

Beverly J. Buckles, DSW
Beverly J. Buckles, DSW
The Board of Trustees recently named Beverly J. Buckles, DSW, chair and professor, department of social work and social ecology, SST, the dean of the School of Science and Technology.

For the past 15 years, Dr. Buckles has served at Loma Linda University. In 1993, she began her duty as chair for the department of social work and social ecology.

According to Ron Carter, PhD, vice chancellor of academic affairs, LLU, and former dean of SST, Dr. Buckles is a visionary, who works diligently until the work is done.

“She has been one of the finest department chairs that I have ever known,” says Dr. Carter. “She will take charge and move SST strategically into its next developmental stage.”

As one of the founders of the LLU International Behavioral Health Trauma Team (IBHTT), Dr. Buckles helps heal wounds of the heart. The interdisciplinary team provides psychological debriefing for the victims of natural or man-made disasters by presenting seminars to the local health professionals living near the disaster site. IBHTT has provided clinical services and training in more than 15 countries.

“The trips are a spiritual walk,” expresses Dr. Buckles. “The people we help see us as genuinely bringing the love of the Lord with us, and that’s extremely important to us.”

Last year, LLUAHSC honored her with the Centennial Vanguard Award at the centennial gala celebration. She is also the recipient of the 2003 Best Practice Award from the National Association of Counties.

In addition to her LLU role, Dr. Buckles is currently a member of eight professional associations, and she is the vice president for the California Association of MSW Deans and Directors.

Another title she holds is “primary investigator” with her three current research grants. She is in year 14 with her renewable award for “Title IV-E Child Welfare Training Program.” It provides full-time and part-time specialized training for MSW students committed to a career in Title IV-E funded services for children (e.g. Child Protective Services, foster care, etc.). This annual reimbursable award ranges from $1.2 to $1.5 million.

Dr. Buckles earned her doctor of social welfare degree in 1989 from Adelphi University, Garden City, New York, with an emphasis in social policy analysis and administration. Her master of social work was received from Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington, in 1983. She is also an alumnus of Walla Walla College in College Place, Washington, earning her bachelor of social work.

By Patricia Thio

TODAY news for Thursday, March 12, 2007