Gary L. Bowen, Ph.D., joined the faculty of UNC School of Social Work in 1985 and has served as dean since September 2016. He is a Kenan Distinguished Professor and has been recognized as one of 40 “high impact” social work scholars in a study published by the journal Research on Social Work Practice.
He has served as president of the National Council on Family Relations (2009–2011). He has been named a Fellow of NCFR (2001), the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (2016), and the Society for Social Work and Research (2017). He has published extensively on the social environmental antecedents of school engagement and academic success of middle and high school students, as well as on the nature of the work and family interface in branches of the U.S. military.
Bowen is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill (MSW ’76) and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Ph.D. ’81, family relations and child development).