Darlyne Bailey

Professor, Dean Emeritus of the Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research and Special Assistant to the President for Community Partnerships
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Phone 610-520-2610
Location Social Work 206



  • M.S., Columbia University School of Social Work
  • Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
  • LISW, Ohio


Dr. Darlyne Bailey is Professor and Dean Emeritus at the GSSWSR and Special Assistant to the College President for Community Partnerships. Darlyne is also the Director of the Social Justice Initiative. A first generation college student, Darlyne was also among the first women to attend Lafayette College. With an AB in Psychology and a certificate in Secondary Education, she went on to complete her master's degree from the School of Social Work at Columbia University. As a clinician and then joining others to start a community mental health center, Darlyne later earned a doctorate in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University, and joined the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.  Darlyne's journey in academic administration began in 1994 when three weeks after receiving tenure, she was appointed Dean of the Mandel School — a position she held until 2002. A desire to 'payback' her birthplace of Harlem NYC led to being the VP and Dean and then Acting President at Columbia's Teachers College. In 2006, Darlyne went to the University of Minnesota as the first Dean of a new multidisciplinary college. In 2009 she returned east as the GSSWSR Dean until 2017, joining the faculty and working on national projects.

Research and Scholarly Interests: Single-authored refereed articles, monographs and co-authored books, chapters and guest-edited Special Issue Journals, co-creating visionary leadership for socially-just communities.

Substantive Specialization: Through participatory research, teaching, and service on local and national boards and commissions, Darlyne utilizes individual, organizational, and community development to bridge clinical and macro-direct Social Work for multiculturally-sensitive practice.