Joseph A. Himle, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at the School of Social Work, will assume the role of Interim Dean of the school effective January 1, 2022.
Her appointment, awaiting approval from the Board of Regents on December 9, is recommended by Susan M. Collins, Senior Vice-President and Executive Vice-President, Academic Affairs.
Himle will replace Lynn Videka, who will step down on December 31 after serving as Dean since 2016. She plans to take a leave of absence in January 2022 and then return to faculty.
âProfessor Himle is a distinguished scholar and educator with years of experience as a faculty member and administrator,â Collins said in recommending the appointment. âHe has a long and distinguished history of serving the university and the social work community. I am confident that the school will maintain its momentum during this interim period.
Himle is Howard V. Brabson Collegiate Professor of Social Work and Professor of Social Work in SSW, and Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine.
âIt is an honor to serve as Interim Dean of the School of Social Work. The school has thrived under the stellar leadership of Dean Lynn Videka and I look forward to running the school until a permanent dean is appointed, âHimle said. âThe School of Social Work has excellent faculty, students and staff who will all join in guiding the school through this time of transition. “
In 1987 Himle joined SSW as a Field Instructor and Assistant Lecturer, positions he held until 2005. In addition, he held several clinical and administrative positions in the Department of Psychiatry from 1986 to 2005. Himle later became an assistant professor in social work and psychiatry. in 2005.
He was appointed Associate Professor in both units in 2009 and was promoted to Professor in 2015. In 2017, he was appointed Howard V. Brabson College Professor of Social Work.
Himle has held a number of academic administrative positions, including as Associate Dean for Research from 2015-17 and Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs from 2018 to present in SSW. He is a licensed clinical and macro social worker in the state of Michigan.
His research interests focus on intervention research in mental health with adults and youth. Himle’s current intervention projects include treatment development projects focused on introducing cognitive behavioral therapy to underserved populations. He is also involved in epidemiological research focused on anxiety disorders in the African American population.
Himle is the principal investigator of a recently completed National Institute of Mental Health multi-site RO-1 grant, “A Multi-Site Systems Intervention for Unemployed People with Social Anxiety.” He was the principal or co-investigator on a total of 16 research grants funded by the National Institutes of Health.
Other funding organizations include the Michigan Health Endowment Fund, UM Poverty Solutions, UM Depression Center, the Michigan Children’s Hospital Foundation, and the Health Resources and Services Administration. His research has given rise to more than 150 publications during his career.
Himle earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, a Masters of Social Work in Interpersonal Practice, and a Doctorate. in social work and psychology, all from UM. He completed an internship in the Anxiety Disorders Program at the Department of Psychiatry in 1983-1984.
Collins appointed a 13-member advisory committee in April to help find the school’s next dean. She asked members of the advisory committee to do a broad search and then submit a list of unranked candidates.