After 25 years at KU, Wanda Buck has decided to retire. She spent 22 years with the School of Social Welfare with many titles throughout the years. Her final title before transfering to the Shared Service Center in July 2016 was Grant Specialist.
After (19) years with the KU School of Social Welfare, Becky Hofer will be retiring on February 1, 2019. Becky started her KU career as an undergraduate student graduating with a BSW in 1981 and went on to earn an MSW with an administrative concentration in 1987. Before coming to the School in January, 2000, Becky worked in the social work profession in outreach for the Battered Women Task Force and as a medical social worker at Trinity Lutheran Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City. While working for the School, Becky served students in a variety of capacities from recruitment, to application, to advising, to graduation. In 2018, she received the Richard N. Spano Award presented to a staff or faculty member who go above and beyond in serving students. She is passionate about the profession and about the students’ experience and has worked tirelessly to create a strong and positive learning environment. During her tenure, Becky has processed 2500+ MSW degrees and graduate applications too numerous to count.
During her much deserved retirement, Becky plans to enjoy time with friends and family and volunteer with a dog shelter or stable providing equine therapy. When asked what she was most looking forward to, Becky said, “No 5:00 a.m. alarm settings and no sitting constantly at a desk.”
Becky Hofer has been a tremendous asset to the KU School of Social Welfare and leaves a void for us all both professionally and personally. We wish her nothing but warm sunshine and Brandy Alexanders in her retirement. She is deserving. All our best!
Alice Lieberman earned her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, her MSSW from the University of Texas at Arlington, and her PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Lieberman joined the KUSSW faculty in 1988 after a brief tenure at the University of Southern Maine. Her areas of interest and scholarship have included child welfare, workforce development, and pedagogy in undergraduate social work education. Dr. Lieberman has led numerous federally funded child welfare and workforce development grants while at KU, bringing valuable resources to the School and state. She has published many influential peer-reviewed journal articles and books, and served as the series editor for the Social Work in a New Century book series published by Routledge. Dr. Lieberman has been a cornerstone of the School’s BSW program, serving as BSW program chair twice and mentoring and teaching countless undergraduate students over the years. Her passion and skill working with undergraduate students resulted in her selection as a member of the prestigious Chancellor’s Professor of Teaching Club.
Terry Moore earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Kansas State University and a MSW in social work administration from the University of Kansas. Over the last 35 years, Terry has held a variety of social services management positions in both public and private sectors, and has held a position on the School of Social Welfare research staff for the last 26 years. He has been the Principal Investigator on over 70 externally funded projects undertaking child welfare and children’s mental health research, program evaluation, and training. His work since 2004 has centered on data analytics and reporting for state and local child welfare programs. Terry is the founder and director of the Results Oriented Management (ROM) project at KU. He and a team of software developers have developed web-based management reporting software called ROM Reports that is being used in 12 states. As the primary author of a web-based training called Results-Oriented Management (ROM) in Child Welfare, he has widely presented, written, and trained on this subject.
Christopher Petr earned his Bachelor of Science, MSW, and PhD all at the University of Kansas. He joined the faculty in the KU School of Social Welfare in 1988 after a brief tenure at Baker University. During his time in the School, Dr. Petr served as the Chair for the Office of Child Welfare and Children’s Mental Health from 2002-2004, and as the PhD program director from 2008-2016. Dr. Petr’s scholarship focused on policy and practice issues in child mental health and child welfare. He has been involved in many externally funded children’s mental health and child welfare studies while at KU, and more recently, made significant contributions to knowledge related to social work doctoral education through publications and involvement with the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work.
Margaret Severson earned her BA in Psychology from Creighton University and her MSW and JD from the University of Denver. Professor Severson joined the KUSSW faculty in 1999 after a brief tenure at Louisiana State University. Her research has involved jail and prison mental health and suicide prevention programs, reentry services, social justice and human rights as related to prisoners and their families, and correctional systems organization and management. Professor Severson provides consultation to the U.S. Department of Justice and to jails and prisons across the United States. She has led numerous externally funded projects in these areas, with many of these projects helping to shape local and state policy and practice in corrections. Professor Severson has also been an active, valuable mentor within the School for both doctoral students and pre-tenured faculty, providing particular support and advocacy for women’s roles and responsibilities in academia. She served as the PhD program director from 2017-2018.