Founding director, director of field education for social work program appointed

Mutrie and Rejent
From left: Laura Mutrie and Deborah Rejent

May 22, 2013 - Two women with years of experience in social work education will lead the University's master of social work program in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Deborah Rejent has been named associate professor and founding director of the program. Laura Mutrie has been appointed director of field education and clinical instructor.

Before coming to Quinnipiac, Rejent was the associate dean for the master's program and academic affairs as well as a clinical associate professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Rejent oversaw a program of 950 graduate students and a large faculty. She had recently participated in a curriculum revision of the MSW program.

"When I saw the advertisement for Quinnipiac, it excited me," Rejent said. "It was a smaller program forming from the ground up - and I felt that I had the skillset and energy to start the program."

She said she shares Quinnipiac's commitment to inter-professional education.

"I was absolutely thrilled to find that the ideas I had were absolutely in sync with those at Quinnipiac," Rejent said. "I am very excited to see how this all plays out."

Rejent holds a doctorate and a master's degree in social work from Columbia University and a master of arts and a bachelor of arts in anthropology from the University of California at Los Angeles.

Before coming to Quinnipiac, Mutrie worked at the Lower Naugatuck Valley Parent Child Resource Center, where she was director of clinical services. In addition to her duties as clinic supervisor, she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of all clinical services provided at the agency.

"I hope to bring a passion for teaching and mentoring students to become competent, confident and caring social-work professionals who contribute to the development of a vital program at the university," Mutrie said. "I hope to develop strong relationships with community agencies and organizations that will provide valuable field education experiences for the master of social work students."

Mutrie holds a master's degree in social work with a specialization in children and families from Fordham University and a bachelor's degree in political science from Fairfield University.

The 60-credit program will prepare social workers to function as members of an inter-professional health care team while meeting the academic requirements for licensure as a clinical social worker.

Students will be offered a curriculum consisting of coursework and two field placement experiences for a total of 1,000 hours.