Welcome to The School of Social Work

This spring, the School of Social Work honored three field supervisors with the Distinguished Field Supervisor Award and an instructor with the Director’s Service Award.


The Distinguished Field Supervisor Award honors recipients for providing quality field opportunities for students, providing quality field supervision, promoting social and economic justice, and demonstrating the ethics and values of social work. 


This year’s recipients include Ellen Higley, John Kenneally, and Mary-Jo Olsen.


Ellen Higley of Eau Claire, Wisconsin has been a school social worker for 18 years and has provided field supervision for Part-Time MSW Program students since the program began.


According to her faculty nominator, “Ellen’s commitment to the MSW Program and to furthering the advancement of school social workers in Wisconsin is unwavering....

When a video showed up on Katie Nachman’s Facebook feed that showed an act of racism, she couldn’t stay silent.


The video depicted two young white girls opening gifts of black American Girl dolls, and showed the mother responding with laughter while the daughters tossed the dolls aside and cried.


Nachman, a master's student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work, was incensed, and posted a video of her own daughters in response. The video went viral, reaching over 3 million views within a few days.


Nachman was widely praised for her initiative and for demonstrating how white parents can incorporate positive messages about race into parenting....

Students enrolled in Social Work with Communities and Organizations will be exhibiting social problem themed photography projects on Tuesday, April 26 in the Wisconsin Capitol Rotunda. The exhibit is free and open to the public.


PhotoVoice is an innovative method which sheds light on social issues and problems through the medium of photography. Photos create narratives examining the issues with the intent of sparking community action. 


Student exhibits will address issues that include: racial disparities in Madison, accessibility of the UW-Madison campus, homelessness, childhood obesity and food deserts.

The Phi Alpha Honors Society inducted its newest members on April 6 in a ceremony on campus.


The 2016 inductees include Samantha Azuma, Mollie Barden, Delaney Coe, Shannon Davis, Sophie Gotlieb, Alexandra Hansen, Casey Hanson, Courtney Peist, Britny Smuk, Ashley Thomas, Megan Wendt, and Sierra Widule...

School of Social Work Librarian Jane Linzmeyer and Professor Tracy Schroepfer were honored during the annual March is Social Work Month gathering in Madison on March 16. Sponsored by NASW-WI’s South Central Wisconsin Branch and the School of Social Work, the event brings together social workers from South Central Wisconsin.


Linzmeyer received the School of Social Work’s Social Work Achievement Award recognizing her 20 years leading the Virginia Franks Memorial Social Work Library, She has been of great assistance to students, faculty, and community members, and has been a particularly important source of support to new students, students from underrepresented minority groups, and students returning to school after many years. Linzmeyer, always a strong advocate for diversity and social justice, has made the social work library a place of inclusion....




  1. SSW campus climate discussion for students, staff, and faculty

May 5

  1. RIDGE Food Assistance Research Seminar Series: Measuring Effects of SNAP on Obesity at the Intensive Margin, with Lorenzo Almada, Provost Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Columbia Population Research Center, Columbia University

May 6

  1. Social Work Job Fair - Eau Claire

May 12

  1. Social Work Alumni Happy Hour

Part-Time Program

Child Welfare at the School of Social Work

Field Education

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