Dr. Dorcas Davis Bowles received her BS degree in Secondary Education from Tuskegee Institute, Tuskegee, Alabama; MSW degree in Clinical Social Work from Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts; and her Ed.D. in Mental Health Administration from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts. She is a nationally recognized expert in the area of assessment and treatment of African American families and children. Dr. Bowles served as Professor, Associate Dean, and Acting Dean of Smith College School for Social Work; Professor and Coordinator of the MSW Program at Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia; Dean of the University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work, Arlington, TX, and Dean of Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA. On March 1, 2003, Dr. Bowles was appointed Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia where she served until she retired in May 2008.
Dr. Bowles is the recipient of numerous awards including being selected as one of 26 outstanding alumnae by Smith College at its 125 year anniversary as having made outstanding contributions to the Smith College School for Social Work and the social work profession.
Dr. Bowles was appointed Distinguished Professor of Social Work in August 2008 by the Department of Social Work and Human Services, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA.