Thursday, January 12, 2017

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.

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

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....

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Professor Meyer (left) with his mentor, Professor Irwin GarfinkelSince joining the faculty in 1990, Professor Daniel Meyer has distinguished himself as an outstanding researcher, teacher and mentor. The Society of Social Work Research (SSWR), whose members represent more than 200 universities and institutions around the world,  recently awarded Meyer its 2017 Social Policy Award. The award is, “In recognition of Dr. Meyer’s record of accomplishment that demonstrates the use of rigorous policy research methods, innovation, and significant impact of policy research in addressing important social work policy issues.”


Dan’s current research interests include effects of child support and welfare reforms; international approaches to child support policy; the economic well-being of women after they leave welfare; multiple-partner fertility, and how much individuals know about the social policies that affect them. Professor Meyer and Social Work Professor Maria Cancian are now leading a federally-funded multi-year, multi-method, multi-disciplinary evaluation of child support reforms. Eight states are experimenting with...

Wednesday, December 21, 2016


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. 

Friday, December 16, 2016

The School of Social Work is proud to announce the recipients of the 2016-2017 scholarships and awards competition for BSW and MSW students. Each awardee is selected after a committee of faculty and staff undertake a rigorous review process, resulting in the selection of the following highly qualified candidates:


Alumni & Friends of the School of Social Work Scholarship - Tricia Mooney-Fogarty, Christine Petrilli, Morgan Sullivan, Faith Voss, Alyssa Watts


Kathryn Becker Norman Scholarship - Emily Karch


Debra Beebe Scholarship - Brent Gust, Lourdes Medina, Jessica Olseon-Bue


Donald G. Benn Scholarship - Dakota Krenz


Katherine Prichard Benz Award - Gabrielle Cypher



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