Social Work Commencement

We're excited to be celebrating our Commencement for the Class of 2021 on Friday, May 14. Only registered graduates and guests (maximum of four) may attend, but you can watch a live stream of both our ceremonies here or on Facebook

  • M.S.W. - 9 a.m. ET
  • B.S.W. - 1 p.m. ET


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Portrait of Rebecca Gomez

Rebecca Gomez, Ph.D., LCSW

Associate dean for academic and student affairs and associate professor


Phone: (804) 828-4982

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
M.S.W., Texas State University
B.A., psychology, Texas State University

Notable awards, honors and appointments

2020: Council on Social Work Education, Distinguished Recent Contributions to Social Work Education.

2017: Center for Digital Education, 2017 Top 30 Technologists, Transformers, and Trailblazers.

2015: TxDLA Award for Outstanding Commitment to Excellence and Innovation in Distance Learning by an Organization (program award). 


Selected recent publications

Ryan, T.N., & Gomez, R.J., (2016). Trends in state budgets and child outcomes during and post child welfare class action litigationChildren and Youth Services Review. Available online 22 January 2016. 

Ryan, T.N., & Gomez, R.J. (2016).  What Does it take to close a Comprehensive Child Welfare Systems Reform Lawsuit? A Case Study Approach. Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, & Governance, 41(30), 2330-3131.