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Alejandra Ros Pilarz, assistant professor at the School of Social Work, has received a $50,000 grant from the Madison Education Partnership in support of a year-long project titled “Family Engagement in Madison’s 4K Program: Implications for Children’s School readiness.”


The Madison Education Partnership is a collaboration between the Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER) and the Metropolitan School District. The WCER works to improve education outcomes for diverse student populations, to positively impact education practice, and to foster collaboration among academic disciplines and practitioners.


Pilarz’s project aims to investigate the impact that family engagement has on children’s school readiness in the Madison Metropolitan School District’s four-year-old kindergarten program. She hopes to learn about strategies kindergarten site directors and teachers implement in facilitating communication with parents and keeping them involved, how these strategies impact school attendance, and how parents perceive and experience family engagement strategies. The project is designed to identify promising methods for family...

An associate professor and a teaching assistant from the School of Social Work have been selected as fall 2016 University Housing Honored Instructors.


Associate Professor Marah Curtis and Teaching Assistant Molly Jones have been nominated by students who live in University Housing to be acknowledged for the dedication and hard work they have invested in teaching their respective courses.


Professor Curtis’s work investigates the effects of public policy on the well-being of children and families, namely in regard to housing policy, incarceration and poverty.


Molly Jones is a teaching assistant in Social Work 206: Introduction to Social Policy, a class that informs students on the political, economic, and institutional frameworks that shape public welfare policy in the United States.

Stephanie Robert, director of the School of Social Work, has been chosen as the recipient of the inaugural Excellence in Mentoring Doctoral Students Award from the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education (GADE).


"The Awards Committee was most impressed with [Robert's] extraordinary, sustained commitment of mentoring doctoral students," said Elizabeth Lightfoot, GADE president and professor of social work at the University of Minnesota.


The award for Excellence in Mentoring of Doctoral Students is awarded to a social work faculty member whose commitment and contribution to the scholarly development of social work doctoral students is exemplary. Recipients are given a certificate and a monetary award, which are presented at the GADE Reception, held in January 2017 at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA....


Professor Meyer (left) with his mentor, Professor Irwin Garfinkel

Daniel R. Meyer, professor of social work at UW-Madison, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Social Policy Award, presented by the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR).


SSWR is dedicated to the advancement of research in social work. They collaborate with other organizations throughout the United States and across the globe to support, publicize, and enhance research regarding social work practice and policy. Members include faculty in schools of social work as well as other institutions, research staff, and masters and doctoral students. Together, these members represent more than 200 universities and institutions around the world....


Maria Cancian, professor of public affairs and social work, has recently been selected as a fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW).


The AASWSW is an honorific society of scholars and practitioners who promote excellence in the fields of social work and social welfare, through participation in high quality and impactful work that contributes to social good. They encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship, help inform social policy, and promote the examination of social policy and the implementation of research in testing the impact of new programs and policies.  


Cancian is one of 16 new fellows who will be inducted into the Academy in January 2017, at the Society for Social Work Research Conference in New Orleans, LA. 



January 25

  1. Radical Social Work Group Meeting
  2. Mindfulness Meditation

January 30

  1. Racial Injustice Conference

January 31

  1. Distinguished Lecture Series: "How Our Identites Emerge From Our Struggles: A Talk About Love," with Dr Andrew Solomon, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Columbia University

Part-Time Program

Child Welfare at the School of Social Work

WisCARES: Veterinary Care and Housing Support

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