Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Jan. 7, 2014 | Käri Knutson | Reposted from UW News


William Heiss will serve as the new interim secretary of the faculty for a six-month appointment that began Jan. 6.

Photo: Bill Heiss

Bill Heiss


Heiss replaces Andrea Poehling who will continue to manage three current administrative searches that are already underway.


Heiss comes to the position from a long and respected career in the School of Social Work, most recently serving as assistant director of the school. He has served on a number of governance committees, as well as the College of Letters and Science Committee on Academic Staff Issues.


As interim secretary, Heiss is the primary liaison between the faculty and administration. 


“This is an amazing university with amazing faculty who do amazing things,” Heiss says. “One of the reasons is its cherished tradition of faculty governance. After serving 25 years supporting the work and purposes of faculty in the School of Social Work, moving to the Secretary of the Faculty's...

Monday, January 06, 2014

Maurice Gattis, Assistant Professor, an academic partner for the project


A new grant of $50,000 has been awarded to Safe Schools for Wisconsin’s Transgender Youth from the Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP).

The $50,000 three-year development grant will support research projects, education efforts, school district policy changes, and the development of an intervention model to reduce discrimination and improve social cohesion, educational outcomes and health outcomes for transgender and gender non-conforming youth in Wisconsin public schools.

Many transgender or gender non-conforming students experience discrimination on a regular basis, along with a lack of...

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Originally posted on December 12, 2013 by NASW

Speakers include Social Work Caucus Chairman Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.)


WASHINGTON, D.C.—Social work and child welfare experts from around nation on Thursday briefed lawmakers and Congressional staff on the strong correlation between poverty and child abuse and neglect. The briefing was timely, considering U.S. poverty levels have risen in the past six years and January 2014 marks the 50th Anniversary of the War on Poverty.

The briefing was sponsored by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the Congressional Research Institute for Social Work and Policy (CRISP) and co-sponsored by the National Child Abuse Coalition and National Foster Care Coalition in conjunction with the Congressional Social Work Caucus.


Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), chair of the Congressional Social Work Caucus, and Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.). co-chair of the Congressional Foster Youth Caucus, spoke at the event, which was moderated by National Association of Social Workers Social Work Policy Institute Director Joan Levy Zlotnik, PhD, ACSW.


“This briefing helped educate lawmakers...

Monday, December 30, 2013

The School of Social Work is proud to announce the 2013-2014 scholarship competition awards to the following highly-qualified students from an outstanding pool of applicants:


Alumni & Friends of the School of Social Work Scholarship - Kahli Nelson, Part-Time MSW Program


Debra Beebe Scholarship - Jessica Cornwell, Part-Time MSW Program and Emily Butkus, Full-Time MSW Program

Katherine Prichard Benz Award - Jannet Arenas Pineda, Full-Time MSW Program and Hadeel Hasan, BSW Program


Norma Berkowitz International Opportunities Scholarship - Rosa Sanchez, Full-Time MSW Program



Monday, December 23, 2013

Reposted from the Institute for Research on Poverty, released on December 20, 2013

Contact: Anna Haley-Lock,, (608) 262-5766


MADISON—A century ago, low-wage, hourly workers faced long shifts and low hourly pay. Today, many of their counterparts face a new set of challenges: receiving too few work hours to guarantee adequate earnings and facing unpredictable, variable schedules. Many employers send workers home early, and dock their paycheck accordingly, when business is slow.


These are among the findings of researchers Anna Haley-Lock, a professor of social work at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and Charlotte Alexander, a professor of legal studies at Georgia State University, who studied the problem of work hour insecurity among low-wage, hourly workers in the U.S. and current legal and other institutional responses to the problem.


They report that underwork, rather than overwork, is the norm for many low-wage jobholders in today's growing service sector, and that unstable and unpredictable work schedules are typical.

This is an about face from the 1930s, when overwork and underpay were the norm for low-wage workers, and Congress sought to enact a remedy in the Fair Labor...

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