Professor Todd Franke has been appointed chair of the Social Welfare department, Dean Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., announced today. His appointment is effective immediately.
Franke's research focuses on evaluation of social welfare methods and practices. In March a team under his direction received a $500,000, five-year grant from the California Community Foundation to evaluate a probation program targeting young black men. He has also led evaluations of California's First 5 Initiative and the state's Office of Child Abuse Prevention's performance in 12 small California counties. Along with his UCLA Luskin faculty appointment, Franke is associate director of the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities.
"In addition to being one of the most active researchers on the faculty," Dean Gilliam said in announcing the appointment, "Todd has been a first-rate teacher and a great citizen of the department and School."
Franke's assumes the chairmanship from Fernando Torres-Gil, who stepped down in early July to focus on his research and community activities, as well as a presidential appointment to the National Council on Disability.