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Dr. Valtreasa Tolliver-Cook promoted to chairperson of the Department of Social Work

The Department of Social Work at Alcorn State University is under new leadership.

Dr. Valtreasa Tolliver-Cook has been promoted to chairperson of the Department of Social Work. Cook also serves as an associate professor in the Department.

Cook began her tenure at Alcorn in 2011 as an adjunct professor and became a full-time tenure-track assistant professor in 2012. She was promoted to associate professor in 2017. Cook has also served as the secretary and chairperson of the Faculty Senate, chairperson of the University Curriculum Committee, member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges Leadership Team and Quality Enhancement committee, and a variety of other University committees. She brought 16 years of social work experience to Alcorn.

"Being at Alcorn State University for quite a while, Dr. Tolliver-Cook understands the needs and priorities for the Department of Social Work," said Dr. Babu Patlolla, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. "Most importantly, Dr. Tolliver-Cook is always in search of opportunities to grow and develop the Department. She maintains the culture of support and collaboration. I am excited and look forward to continue working with Dr. Tolliver-Cook."

Countless hours of commitment and hard work led to Cook achieving this milestone. She feels blessed to have reached a goal she’s pursued for years.

“I feel blessed and highly favored,” said Cook. “I am elated because this is something that I have sacrificed and worked hard for many years. I am honored to lead the Department of Social Work at Alcorn. My promotion is an answered prayer.”

Now that she’s arrived, Cook looks forward to implementing ideas that would lead to the betterment of the Department.

“My goals are to reaffirm the Bachelor of Social Work program, develop a fully online Master of Social Work program, establish related certificate programs, increase recruitment and retention strategies, and continue teaching others how to become competent practitioners and leaders in social work. I also plan to continue supporting my colleagues as they strive to accomplish their academic and professional goals.”

The promotion allows Cook to serve in a larger capacity and further extends her services.

“I want to continue serving my community, the Department and profession, and the University. I strive to promote Alcorn’s educational legacy that has already been established. I want to contribute to the development of future leaders, particularly in social work.”

Serving others is Cook’s passion, which is why she believes being a social work leader is her calling.

“Social work is my calling and my purpose. Although teaching and leading others are challenging, it is also rewarding. Therefore, I embrace this opportunity to serve, learn, and lead.”