Office hours: by appointment
Dr. Jade Docherty was appointed as Associate Dean at the
Wurzweiler School of Social Work in September 2013. Prior to assuming the
position as Associate Dean, Dr. Docherty was the Assistant Dean at Wurzweiler
since 1996 and has been a member of Wurzweiler’s administration since 1990.
As Associate Dean, Dr. Docherty functions as the Dean for
Academic Affairs with the major responsibility for organizing the educational
program of the School and for quality assurance. Dr. Docherty works closely with
the Dean, Director of Admissions and Director of Field Instruction to ensure
that the MSW program runs smoothly from orientation/registration through to
conferral of degrees.
Dr. Docherty’s has multiple responsibilities at Wurzweiler
including but not limited to:
- Working with the administration and faculty on
improving the delivery of the curriculum through participation and leadership
in Faculty Meetings and attendance on several School committees
- Supporting the maintenance of accreditation
standards set by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and preparing
periodic reaccreditation reports for CSWE
- In collaboration with the Dean, Dr. Docherty is
responsible for the overall coordination of the graduate social work program,
faculty, students and administration. Dr. Docherty organizes the schedule of
classes, assigns faculty to teach and sets the calendar for each of the three
- Reviewing student performance and progress
throughout the program. Dr. Docherty chairs the Student Review Committee which
determines a student’s on-going status in the program. She works closely with
faculty advisors and the Director of Field Instruction in maintaining high
academic standards and establishing policies for all students in class and
- Working closely with the Block Program faculty
in Israel and Canada.
Dr. Docherty developed and supervises the Extended Part-Time
Advisement Program, which services the needs of 70-plus part-time students. She
is responsible for the oversight of provisional status students from the time
of their acceptance into the School until the end of the first year.
In conjunction with the Dean, Dr. Docherty represents the
School to the professional community in New York City and both nationally and
internationally. She presented at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on
Social Work Education in October 2012.
A native of Scotland, Dr. Docherty represented Scotland in
international sporting events as a member of two national teams. She earned a
Bachelor of Education from Herriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, in
1977; a Master’s in Human Services Administration from Antioch/New England
Graduate School in 1985; a Master’s in Social Work from Wurzweiler in 1996 and
a PhD from Wurzweiler in 2005. Her doctoral dissertation focused on issues
faced by students returning to school following a hiatus in their education.