R. PAUL MAIDEN, executive vice dean and professor of academic and student affairs, has operational responsibility for a top-ranked program and the largest graduate school of social work in the United States with more than 3,000 MSW students in five academic centers. He spearheaded the development of a new military social work specialization, created the San Diego Academic Center, expanded the school's annual global immersion offerings and led the development of the school's Virtual Academic Center, the first and only web-based MSW program serving a national and international student population. He led the development of a new doctoral degree in transformational social work, which launched in 2016.
Maiden brings 35 years of expertise to the field of workplace human services. He is editor of the Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, the only peer-reviewed journal in employee assistance research and practice. Maiden has published extensively in the areas of employee assistance programs, substance abuse and workplace legislation, trauma management, as well as the evaluation of work-based human services, AIDS in the workplace, alcohol abuse and domestic violence at work, and managed behavioral health care.
In addition, he has authored numerous articles and book chapters on employee assistance, workplace behavioral health and occupational social work. Maiden is editor and contributing author of Labor Contributions to Workplace Human Services (w/P. Kurzman); The Older Worker and the Changing Labor Market: New Challenges for the Workplace (w/J. Gonyea); Employee Assistance Programs in Higher Education (w/S. Phillips); Workplace Disaster Preparedness & Disaster Management (w/R. Paul & T. Thompson); The Integration of Employee Assistance, Work/Life and Wellness (w/ M. Attridge & P. Herlihy); Global Perspectives of Occupational Social Work; Employee Assistance Services in the New South Africa; and Employee Assistance Programs in South Africa. Most recently he co-edited a volume on Online and Distance Education in Social Work.
Maiden also has extensive international experience and has twice been the recipient of Senior Fulbright Scholar awards to Russia and South Africa with a focus on workplace substance abuse and workplace violence. He is currently leading the development of an MSW program in Beijing, China.
Maiden has presented papers and conducted training at many national and international conferences, and has trained and consulted on a wide range of workplace issues related to reintegrating veterans to the workplace and higher education, substance abuse, violence, workplace trauma, a drug-free workplace, managed care, HIV/AIDS, occupational social work curriculum development and quality assurance in employee assistance programs.
Prior academic appointments include director of the school of social work; provost senior faculty fellow; director, Center for Community Partnerships; MSW coordinator at the University of Central Florida; and chair of occupational social work at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Jane Addams College of Social Work.
In his first year as a graduate student, R. Paul Maiden was placed in an outpatient clinic for Vietnam War veterans, planting the seed for what would become one of his most innovative contributions decades later: a groundbreaking military social work sub-concentration for MSW students. The program, which has grown rapidly since its inception, is only part of Maiden’s forward-thinking vision for the school, where he serves as vice dean and professor of academic and student affairs. He has also developed the San Diego Academic Center, expanded the school’s annual global immersion offerings, and spearheaded the development of the school’s Virtual Academic Center, the first web-based MSW program of its kind serving a national student population.
Maiden came to California in 2007 after serving as director of the University of Central Florida’s School of Social Work, attracted by USC’s top-flight reputation and Work & Life concentration, one of the few in the country. He has spent his career studying the workplace, with an emphasis on drug and alcohol abuse treatment. Maiden has published widely in the field of occupational social work and has trained and consulted on a wide range of issues, including reintegrating veterans in the workplace and higher education, substance abuse, violence, workplace trauma, and HIV/AIDS.
Maiden’s career in social work dates back to his high school days, when he volunteered for Big Brothers Big Sisters and the National Youth Project Using Minibikes, an intervention program targeting troubled youth from low-income neighborhoods. “I found my calling,” he says. During his freshman year at Angelo State University, where he studied communication and psychology, Maiden secured a position as coordinator of the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. His supervisor encouraged Maiden to consider social work, and in 1980, Maiden received his MSW from the University of Tennessee. He became interested in occupational social work during an internship at the Department of Health and Human Services, and later spent time in the federal government and as a social worker involved in deinstitutionalization in Texas.
After teaching policy and macro practice at Abilene Christian University, Maiden received his doctorate in administration and planning with a research focus on workplace violence from the University of Maryland. After developing an occupational social work program at the University of Illinois-Chicago and expanding his research, he assumed several leadership positions at the University of Central Florida.
Maiden is keen on developing a leadership course at USC, and his operational responsibilities offer him many opportunities to work directly with students and participate in events and speaking engagements. He has an open-door policy and welcomes the opportunity to interact with young scholars.
Maiden, R.P. & Sharar, D.A. (2015). Global Perspectives of Employee Assistance Programs. Philadelphia, PA: Taylor and Francis.
Kurzman, P. & Maiden, R.P. (2013). Online and Distance Education in Social Work. Philadelphia, PA: Taylor and Francis.
Maiden, R.P. & Kurzman, P. (2009). Labor Contributions to the Development of Workplace Human Services. Philadelphia, PA: Taylor and Francis.
Maiden, R.P. & Gonyea, J. (2008). The Older Worker and the Changing Labor Market: New Challenges for the Workplace. Philadelphia, PA: Taylor and Francis.
Maiden, R.P. & Philips, S. (2007). Employee Assistance Programs in Higher Education. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.
Maiden, R.P. (2007). The industry and community of academe. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, 22(2/3), xxxi-xxxiii.
Maiden, R.P. & Terblanche, L. (2006). Managing the impact of trauma and community violence in the South African workplace. Journal of Workplace Behavioral Health, 21(3/4), 89-100.
Attridge, M., Herlihy, P. & Maiden, R.P. (2005). The Integration of Employee Assistance, Work/Life & Wellness Programs. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.
Maiden, R.P. (2005). Welfare capitalism comes full circle with the integration of employee assistance, work/life and wellness services. In Attridge, M., Herlihy, P., & Maiden, R.P (Eds.) Integration of Employee Assistance, Work/Life & Wellness. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.
Maiden, R.P. & Kirillov, I. (2005). Evolution of employee assistance programs in Russia. In Masi, D (Eds.) International Employee Assistance Compendium.: ICASS.
Maiden, R.P. (2005). Developing Workplace Substance Abuse Prevention Programs. In Sirotkin, S. and Kohl, H (Eds.) Strategies for Substance Abuse Prevention. Russia and Germany: Tempus Project.
Maiden, R.P. (2005). Managing trauma in the South African mining industry.International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, 7(3), 213-217.
Maiden, R.P. (2004). Accreditation of Employee Assistance Programs. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.
Maiden, R.P. (2004). Certification, licensure and accreditation of employee assistance programs. Employee Assistance Quarterly, 19(3).
Maiden, R.P. (2004). Alcoholism and domestic violence: Measuring and managing aggression. Russian Journal of Aggression.
Maiden, R.P. (2002). A retrospective of employee assistance consortia: Progress, pitfalls and opportunities. Employee Assistance Quarterly, 18(2), 71-91.
Maiden, R.P. (2002). Substance abuse in the New South Africa: Bitter irony of a fledgling democracy. Employee Assistance Quarterly, 16(3), 65-82.