1967: The Autonomous Social Worker

Professor Virginia Franks published her paper, The Autonomous Social Worker, in 1967. Franks was the author of the concept of the “autonomous social worker,” a term she saw as applying to the highest goals of service and competence among human service professionals.

Franks was instrumental in developing important programs which have since contributed substantially to the stature of the school. The School’s Virginia Franks Memorial Library on the second floor has been named after her for her remarkable contributions to the school and the profession of social work.

Virginia Franks Memorial Library