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First candidate for dean of Social Welfare to present Thursday

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

LAWRENCE — Michelle Mohr Carney, professor and director of the School of Social Work at Arizona State University, will make a public presentation Thursday, April 13, as a candidate for dean of the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas.

Carney is the first of four candidates for the position who will make public presentations during their respective campus visits. Her talk will be at 2:30 p.m. in the Jayhawk Room of the Kansas Union.

Her research expertise includes intimate partner violence, at-risk youths, community practices, leadership development, and collaboration and conflict resolution. Her publications include the book “Women Who Perpetrate Relationship Violence,” several book chapters and numerous journal articles.

Carney has been director of ASU’s School of Social Work since joining the institution in 2014. In that role, she oversaw expansion of degree program offerings, increases in enrollment and the development of two new research centers. Prior to joining ASU, she spent 10 years in faculty roles at the University of Georgia. From 1998 to 2004 she was at the University of South Carolina.

She has consulted and conducted research for dozens of agencies and organizations during her career. Her professional experience also includes employment as a social worker or director of a handful of agencies in the Midwest. Carney has a doctorate in social work from The Ohio State University, a master of science in social administration from Case Western Reserve University and a bachelor’s degree in social work from The Ohio State University.

The dean of social welfare search committee, led by School of Law Dean Stephen Mazza, invites students, faculty and staff to attend the presentations and provide feedback of their impressions. Each candidate will prepare a presentation on the topic: “The Social Work Profession in 2027 and the Role of Schools of Social Work in Preparing For It.”

The university will release information about each candidate roughly 48 hours before the candidate’s visit. The schedule of public appearances:

  • Candidate 1 presentation: 2:30 p.m. Thursday, April 13, Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union
  • Candidate 2 presentation: 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 17, Centennial Room, Kansas Union
  • Candidate 3 presentation: 2:30 p.m. April 24, Jayhawk Room, Kansas Union
  • Candidate 4 presentation: 2:30 p.m. April 26, Centennial Room, Kansas Union.

Candidate presentations will be recorded and available for viewing online after the final candidate has appeared on campus. Evaluations of all candidates are due by 5 p.m. May 3.

Ranked in the top 20 nationally, the KU School of Social Welfare is an innovator in social work theory development and in research that makes positive contributions to communities. The school is the most established social welfare program in the state of Kansas and the only program to offer degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. In addition to the Lawrence campus, the school offers instruction and outreach in the Kansas City metropolitan area as well as western Kansas through Fort Hays State University and Garden City Community College.

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