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New tenure-track faculty to start at School of Social Welfare for the 2023-2024 academic year

The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare is excited to announce two new tenure-track faculty.

Celebrating Dr. Mahasweta Banerjee’s career at KU

Dr. Mahasweta Banerjee will retire from the School of Social Welfare at the end of June, after 31 years at KU. Read about Dr. Banerjee's career accomplishments, research and significant contributions to the School of Social Welfare.

2023 Dean's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching and Mignot Award Granted to Heather Bradley

The 2023 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching and the Mignot Award was awarded to Heather Bradley-Geary, M.S.W. for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Dr. Pegah Naemi Jimenez awarded 2023 Suzanne & Harry Statland Research Staff Award

For the first time ever this year, the School is proud to present a new annual award recognizing the outstanding research and scholarship work of research staff. The inaugural recipient of this award is Dr. Pegah Naemi Jimenez.

Dr. Juliana Carlson awarded 2023 Suzanne and Harry Statland Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship

To acknowledge outstanding contributions in our School to the advancement of science and knowledge through scholarship and research, we are proud to announce that this year’s Suzanne and Harry Statland Award recipient is Dr. Juliana Carlson.

Dr. Nancy Kepple awarded 2023 Gene A. and Gretchen Budig Award for Excellence in Teaching

The KU School of Social Welfare is pleased to announce the 2022-2023 Gene A. and Gretchen Budig Award for Excellence in Teaching. In recognition of contributions to students and the teaching mission in the KU School of Social Welfare, Dr.

2022-2023 Margo Award Winners Announced

The Margo Awards are named for Margaret Schutz Gordon, Professor Emeritus who served with distinction as Professor and Director of Field Education at KU SSW from 1970 to 1983. The KU School of Social Welfare is pleased to announce the following 2021-2022 Margo Award recipients:

KU Announces New 2023-2024 Self Memorial Scholars

LAWRENCE – Nineteen students have been selected to receive the University of Kansas Madison and Lila Self Memorial Scholarship for the 2023-2024 academic year. 

Scholars Outline Responsibilities of Schools of Social Welfare in Era of Anti-Trans Legislation

LAWRENCE — Through workshops and scholarly writing, experts from the University of Kansas are guiding conversations about the roles and responsibilities that schools of social work have to educate the next generation of social workers serving LGBTQ+ individuals in an environment of expanding anti

School of Social Welfare Center will Host 2023 LGBTQ Research Symposium

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare Center for LGBTQ+ Research and Advocacy will host its annual LGBTQ Research Symposium next month. This virtual event will take place June 1-2, offering live sessions from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In the Media

University of Kansas: ‘Strong’ Action: New Plan for Child Welfare

The Universal Prevention for Strong and Thriving Families (“Family Strong”) demonstration project at the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare aims to preempt the traditional child welfare system, which is often threatening to families in need.

Calling Kansans to Action: Tell Legislators to Reject Bills Attacking Transgender Youths

In the first few months of 2023, nearly 500 bills have been introduced that aim to limit access to supportive and lifesaving resources for transgender youth and adults.

Boarding Schools for Native American Children Left ‘a Lot of Wounds’ That are Still Fresh

Sept. 30, Orange Shirt Day, is a day of remembrance designated to honor children who never returned home, as well as those who live with lasting trauma from federal boarding schools. University of Kansas and Haskell Indian Nations University educators discussed the lasting effects during a Zoom panel.

K-State Salina Launches Master of Social Work Partnership with University of Kansas

The cooperative between K-State Salina and KU will increase the availability of graduate-level social work education in rural areas of Kansas while meeting the gaps in coverage that human service agencies in rural areas of the state have been experiencing.

From our newsletters

Toni Johnson Center for Racial and Social Justice: A Catalyst for Change

Exciting things are happening in the KU School of Social Welfare’s Toni Johnson Center for Racial and Social Justice. The center’s leaders are collaborating with colleagues throughout the school to reimagine the catalytic role the center can play in fostering groundbreaking work in Kansas, the nation and the world focused on achieving justice and equity.

Grand Challenges for Social Work Events Spotlight Progress on Complex Social Issues

The School has answered this national call to action and is actively engaged in addressing the Grand Challenges on a number of fronts. Through a series of Grand Challenges for Social Work events, it is spotlighting the work of KU faculty and the progress they are making with their community partners toward the Grand Challenges.

Banerjee has Spent her Career in Social Welfare Combatting Income Poverty

Banerjee, who will retire from KU at the end of the 2022–2023 academic year, has spent her entire career, first in India then in the United States, focused on understanding social and economic justice and combatting income inequality, and educating countless social work professionals to meet the needs of those who experience it.

Dr. Edward Canda reflects on what retirement means for his scholarship

For many people, retirement signals closure of their working days, but for Dr. Edward Canda, retirement has been an opportunity to expand his work in new ways beyond the limits of traditional higher education.