GSSW Faculty & Staff Resources

In response to COVID-19, GSSW's objectives are to follow public health science; ensure continuity of learning and work as much as possible; and support the health and well-being of our community members.  Please continue to reference DU's Coronavirus website for university-wide updates from the Chancellor and utilize this page to track specific information pertaining to our GSSW community. This page will also house the latest emails from GSSW leadership.

Read the Latest DU Updates.

Read the Latest Emails from Dean Amanda Moore McBride 

Virtual Events

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Internal Virtual Social Events for Faculty and Staff


Technology & Working Remotely

  • Zoom

    Please ensure Zoom is downloaded on your laptop or other work-related device that you can use from home. 

    DU has a Zoom portal. Users can log in and download the client for a computer. If you download the mobile client on an Apple or Google device or as a standalone app, and are given choices on signing into Zoom, click the option for SSO and enter as the domain.

    Canvas containers are now ready for spring quarter faculty to set Zoom rooms for ‘live’ class sessions. View instructions

  • File Back-Up

    If you work between an on-campus computer and one from home, please make sure to back up all work files daily to GSSW operational Shares (R:\ drive) or alternatively, only save to the Office365 Onedrive. This will promote remote access to your work regardless of where you might be.

  • Microsoft Teams

    Please explore the use of the chat feature in Office365 for communicating with your teams. This could facilitate real-time communications between staff and faculty who are in multiple locations. Office365 has a feature called Teams which allows you to join an existing team or create your own team. Microsoft Teams is available through the web, through the standalone Teams client for computers or through standalone Teams app for mobile devices. Log in with your DU email address and password. 

  • Technology Support

    Reach out to the University of Denver Helpdesk at 303-871-4700 or submit an online request. You can call or text the GSSW Technology support line at 303-900-2805. This line goes directly to voicemail and is checked by Ryan Garrett’s team from 7:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. Depending on the issue, you may not get a callback until the next business day.

  • Work Study

    Please read the latest email update from the Office of Student Employment (updated March 31).

    Our work-study and other student workers depend on their work with us for their livelihood. If you host a student worker, please develop work for them to do remotely. If you do not have work for them to do, please let the GSSW Academic Affairs team know by email, so that we can link the students with projects that various departments have for them.
    If you do not currently have a work-study or student worker but you have work that could be done remotely, please request this support through or the routine Faculty Support Survey. We are building a repository of projects.


Teaching & Research

The latest information about campus closures and online instruction can be found on DU's Coronavirus website. All classes will be held in an online format through spring quarter. 

Read the Latest Email from Associate Dean Leslie Hasche:

Read the Latest Email from Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development Jennifer Bellamy:

Read the Latest Email from Denver Campus MSW Program Director Kate Ross: 

  • Curriculum Design

    Tips and templates for providing asynchronous content in a flipped learning environment in canvas will be shared in a forthcoming email and on the Faculty Portfolio. For the next week, Akio Corroll, the GSSW Senior Instructional Designer will be dedicated to these tasks, and available for potential consultations after that. You may also find general resources on DU’s Office of Teaching and Learning. 

  • Virtual Office Hours & Support

    Academic Affairs and Program Directors are offering weekly, Zoom office hours to help faculty with preparing for online classes within their Canvas Containers, with general online teaching supports, or with content specific areas. Academic Affairs is able to coordinate requests for student employees to assist with finding content to include for asynchronous class learning, if needed.   

    To request faculty support, please email, as this email will coordinate your requests amongst the MSW Program Directors and Associate Dean Leslie Hasche. You may also use any of the following Weekly Virtual “Drop-In” Office Hours (All times are MST): 

    Zoom Office Hours Location:

    Summer Quarter: July 15-August 26

  • Technology Support

    DU’s Information & Technology is working to embed Zoom within Canvas for ease of scheduling Zoom class sessions and sharing of class-specific Zoom recordings. Please wait for instructions from GSSW on how to enable Zoom in your Spring Course Canvas Container. Additionally, Kaltura and Media supports will be encouraged for recording of student presentations and group work.  If courses were developed for MSW@Denver, the videos from those courses will also be available for use in Canvas.  

    The GSSW Technology Team will be ready to help answer questions about Spring Quarter classes on March 17th. Until then, they are prioritizing support for the Winter Quarter classes.  You may reach the GSSW Technology Team at 303-900-2805. When you leave a message, please be sure to leave your name, the SOWK #### for your course, and indicate if you are calling about Winter or Spring Quarter.  

  • Research

    If you have research planned in the field, e.g., data collection, between now and June 30, please complete this brief survey, so that we can support you. Please reach out directly to Professor Jennifer Bellamy, Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development, if you have any questions.


Student Support

All student email communication is logged and tracked on the COVID-19 Updates tab on the GSSW Student Resource Portal. 

  • Student questions about courses should be directed to their instructor and/or Professor Kate Ross, Denver Campus Program Director
  • Student questions about field should be directed to their GSSW Field Liaison
  • MSW@Denver Students in the placement process should contact their Placement Specialist
  • Student questions about health and wellness should refer to the University of Denver Resources
  • Virtual drop-in hours for the Academic Affairs, Field, Registrar, and Student Services teams are posted on the GSSW Student Resource Portal

Additionally, the Margaret Page Student Emergency Fund provides financial assistance to our students. This fund provides support for GSSW students' imminent needs, including food assistance, rent and utility expenses, and medical expenses. 

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Field Education

In the interest of the health and safety of our community partners, our students, and the clients and communities that we serve, the Graduate School of Social Work is requiring that all field placement activities take place remotely from March 18th through April 17th, 2020. We will send another message re-evaluating the situation closer to this date.

Read the latest email from Assistant Dean Aneesha Bharwani:

COVID-19 - Field Update (March 17) 

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Learn more about community support, resources for children and more on our COVID-19 Wellness and Resources page.

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