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Three New Tenure Track Faculty to Start August

2022 Mignot Award recipient announced

2022 Dean's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching awarded to Jaresa Ross-Bey

Dr. Jason Matejkowski awarded 2022 Suzanne and Harry Statland Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship

To acknowledge outstanding contrib

Dr. Meg S. Paceley awarded 2022 Gene A. and Gretchen Budig Award for Excellence in Teaching

2021-2022 Margo Award Winners Announced

KU Chancellor announces promotion, tenure for 160 faculty and researchers for fall 2022

Congratulations to Becci Akin and Jody Brook on their promotions to full professors. 

KU Study Identifies Most Vital Strategies for Successfully Implementing Change in Industry

LAWRENCE — Organizations regularly need to implement change initiatives to stay current, update technology, improve efficiency, enter new markets or make other improvements.

Collaborative to Build Statewide Capacity for Addressing Racial Disproportionality in the Kansas Child Welfare System

Limited seats still available for the in-person Kansas Racial Equity Collaborative Symposium focusing on connection, collaboration, and action planning at individual and macro levels.

Meg Paceley selected as one of the nine Mellon DEI Teaching Scholars

Center for Teaching Excellence at KU announcement:

Study Shows How Rural Transgender Youths are Resilient, Resistant to Oppression

Transgender and gender-diverse youths face a great deal of discrimination, hostility and tension in their daily lives, especially those who live in rural areas where there are fewer transgender youths and low levels of support and resources.

Social Welfare Faculty Chosen as Editors for the Journal of Community Practice

Study shows discrepancy in 'hookup culture' sexual activity on dates

A new study from the University of Kansas shows that in "hookup culture," — in which young people may engage in sex without the traditional courtship practice of dating – there is a discrepancy between what college students are saying and what they are doing when it comes to sexual activity on da

KU Researchers Land Grant to Support Children's Families When Removed From Parents' Homes

2021 Research Highlight

The 2020-2021 academic year continued to be a time of unprecedented circumstances and challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic persisted.

KU Researchers to Lead Program to Improve Save Sleep Practices for Infants, Families

Information on safe sleep practices for infants that could prevent tragic injuries or deaths may not always reach parents or caregivers.

KU Faculty, Community Partners to Advance Racial Equity Through Newly Funded Projects

LAWRENCE – Addressing disparities in the child welfare system, prioritizing racial equity in flood management and reclaiming the stories of displaced Black and Latinx communities are among the goals of 10 projects selected

KU lands grant to help transform foster system, keep children in the home

Researchers at the University of Kansas have received a $3.7 million grant to help transition from a child welfare system that reacts to problematic home situations to one that provides resources and meets needs to prevent children from being removed from their families.

KU part of program that successfully reduces toxic stress in families

Doctors regularly ask adults about stress as part of an overall assessment of their health. But stress in infants and toddlers is not as commonly considered, even though high levels can cause lifelong problems.

2022 Senior Class Awards Two Faculty with Hope Awards for Teaching Excellence

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas senior class has honored Sarah Jen, assistant professor of social welfare, and Jonathan Hagel, assistant teaching professor of history, with 2021 HOPE Awards — to Honor an Outstanding Progressive Educator. 

Social Work Advocacy Critical to Address Digital Divide as Social Justice Issue, Authors Say

A University of Kansas professor is co-author of a new article that argues broadband access is a human rights issue and social justice matter as marginalized communities are left behind in the digital divide.

2021-22 MSW Research Scholars

The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare’s Research Office has announced the 2021-22 cohort of MSW Research Scholars.

Terry L. Koenig, PhD, LSCSW has received a KU Digital Humanities fellowship

Her project involves a seven-year partnership with Cometa, an agency in Como, Italy that is increasingly providing vocational training to African refugees and has received European Union acknowledgement for its network of welcoming agencies and business partners who provide employment-based inter

Dr. Carlson receives University of Minnesota CEHD Alumni Society Award of Excellence

Congratulations to Dr. Juliana Carlson on receiving the University of Minnesota (UMN), College of Education and Human Development (CEHD), Alumni Society Award of Excellence.

Statement by School of Social Welfare and School’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council after 9/29 Stealing of Common Work of Art

The School of Social Welfare and its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council abhors and vehemently opposes the acts of racist violence that occurred in the destruction and subsequent theft of the University of Kansas Common Work of Art, “Native Hosts”, by Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds.

KU School of Social Welfare hosts Research Impact Talk Event Series

The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare’s Research Office will host a series of Research Impact Talks highlighting current School research and community practice in areas related to social work.

Condemning the Destruction of the University of Kansas Common Work of Art, “Native Hosts”

The School of Social Welfare stands

KU School of Social Welfare hosts Grand Challenges for Social Work Event Series

The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare’s Center for Community Engagement and Collaboration (CCEC) will host a series of interactive panels highlighting current School research and community practice in areas related to the Grand Challenges for Social Work.

Study Shows Mental Health, Support, Not Just Substance Misuse Key in Parental Neglect

LAWRENCE — Substance use disorder has long been considered a key factor in cases of parental neglect. But new research from the University of Kansas shows that such substance abuse does not happen in a vacuum.

Research Begins Trial on How LGBTQ Individuals Experience Smart Recovery Substance Use Program

LAWRENCE — Sexual and gender minority individuals experience alcohol and substance use disorders at rates much higher than their peers, yet little is known about how treatment and recovery programs work for them.

Joint Statement on Efforts to Restrict Education about Racism

Joint Statement on Efforts to Restrict Education about Racism

Celebrating the Contributions of Ally Mabry & Bryan Knowles

We are sad to share the news that two long-time members of our School's research staff, Ally Mabry and Bryan Knowles, will be leaving KU at the end of June.

Hired Two Tenure Track Faculty to Start August 2021

We are excited to share that we have hired two tenure track faculty with experience and expertise in the area of racial justice.

2020-21 Margo Award Winners

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. Student Awardees:

Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 Doctoral Graduates

Sherry Warren – Summer 2020 Dissertation Title: An Exploratory Study of International Social Work Education in U. S. Classrooms

2021  Dean's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching

The Dean's Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching was created to demonstrate our appreciation of our adjunct faculty members' immense contributions to the teaching mission of the School.  Because many of our adjunct faculty continue to work in agencies and in private practices, we benefi

2021 Suzanne and Harry Statland Award for Excellence in Research and Scholarship

This year’s recipient of the Statland Award has extraordinary scholarly contributions and leadership on a series of large-scale collaborative projects focused on improving social services for children and families experiencing maltreatment and substance use making her an outstanding recipi

The 2021 Gene A. and Gretchen Budig Award for Excellence in Teaching

This year the Awards Committee chose two recipients for the Gene A. and Gretchen Budig Award for Excellence in Teaching due to the exceptional circumstances of teaching during the pandemic.

2021 Mignot Award Winner

The Mignot Award was initiated in 2006 by the officers in the BSW student group. These students felt that beyond the faculty at the School, there were, and continue to be, many talented and dedicated individuals that have a significant impact on their BSW education.

KU Announces New 2021-2022 Self Memorial Scholars

 Twenty students have been selected to receive the University of Kansas Madison and Lila Self Memorial Scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year. Two of the awardees are social work students.

University Professional Staff and University Support Staff Retirement Luncheon

We would also like to take a moment to honor one staff member who after many years of service to the school has decided to retire this year. Alberta Wright retired after 47 years with KU and 16 years with the School of Social Welfare’s Field Education Office.

Short Term Independent Contractor Position

Seeking Applicants for Short Term Independent Contractor Position: Quality Improvement Center on Domestic Violence in Child Welfare Evaluation Team

Chancellor announces faculty promotions, tenure

LAWRENCE – Chancellor Douglas A. Girod has approved the promotion and award of tenure, where indicated, for 80 individuals at the University of Kansas Lawrence and Edwards campuses (two faculty from the School of Social Welfare) and 89 individuals at the KU Medical Center campuses.

CSWE Statement on the Chauvin Trial

Today's verdict of guilty on all charges in the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd and the televised trial over the last number of days brings up so many emotions—even if it was the verdict for which you were hoping.

The School mourns Professor Emeritus Goodwin Garfield

Goodwin P. ‘Goody’ Garfield, 95, passed away Thursday, March 11, 2021, at Neuvant House East, Lawrence. Dr. Garfield was a KU School of Social Welfare retiree who worked for the University for 34 years from 1969 to 2003.

KU Researchers to Study Safety Effects of Pandemic on In-home, Long-term Care Providers

Demand for in-home long-term services and supports has been steadily growing in the United States in recent years, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only increased need — while also increasing risk of transmission.

Scholars Examine Effects of Pandemic on Social Welfare Field, Education

Social workers are trained to help people in times of crisis. But what happens when those professionals are experiencing a crisis along with the rest of society?

Researcher Calls for Improved, Afrocentric Approach to Mental Health Services for Black Mothers

 Amittia Parker worked for 10 years as an infant and early-childhood mental health consultant serving families with children with challenging behaviors.

Affirming the Importance of Gender Affirming Medical and Mental Health Care Across the Life Course

The KU School of Social Welfare and the Center for LGBTQ+ Research and Advocacy are in solidarity with transgender and gender diverse children, adolescents, and adults.

Make an impact during 24 hours of giving on One Day. One KU.

Twenty-four hours may make up only one day, but that day could alter the lives of KU students, faculty and staff for generations to come.  

February Custodian of the Month - Derrik Munoz

Derrik Munoz was chosen to be the February 2021 Custodian of the Month. Each month every custodial supervisor on the academic side puts in a candidate by writing about them and then each supervisor picks who they think deserves it.

KU Scholars Documents African Refugees' Journeys to Europe, Helps Improve Programs to Assist Transition

War, famine and persecution have prompted millions to flee their homes as refugees around the world.

Statement on Jan. 6 Events at the US Capitol Building

Dear School of Social Welfare Community,

Search for Assistant/Associate/Full Professor Racial Justice & Social Work

The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare (KU SSW) is seeking dynamic candidates with experience in racial justice for a faculty cluster hire. We aim to recruit and hire two associate/full professors and one assistant professor to begin Fall 2021 (9-month, tenure-track).

Publication Shows Pandemic Not a Shared Experience for LGBTQ Youths

“We’re all in this together” has been a common refrain during the COVID-19 pandemic. It turns out that’s not the case for many LGTBQ youths, as University of Kansas researchers illustrate in a new publication.

Study Finds Shortcomings in Therapy for Sexual Minorities

Sexual minority individuals experience depression and anxiety at higher rates than their heterosexual counterparts, yet both the individuals and therapists report experiencing difficulties in treatment. A University of Kansas researcher has published a study that examines the research on…

Searching for New Associate Director of Field Education

The KU School of Social Welfare is searching for our new Associate Director of Field Education, stationed at Edwards or Lawrence Campus. POSITION OVERVIEW

School of Social Welfare Announces New Field Education Director

The University of Kansas School of Social Welfare has announced the appointment of Kelly Jones as the new associate professor of the practice and director of field education.

Professor Leading Grants to Improve Health for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence

Women who have experienced intimate partner violence are at a higher risk of negative health outcomes such as cervical cancer, sexually transmitted infections, HPV and HIV/AIDS.

School of Social Welfare Announces New Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The School of Social Welfare has announced the appointment of Kim Warren, associate professor in history, as the new associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion beginning July 1. Warren will be joining the school in

Two MSW Students Receive DEI Fellowship for 2020-21 School Year

We are excited to share with you that the School's Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has awarded Diversity, Equity, and Inclusio

Proclamation by the Governor Recognizing the 30th Anniversary of the Strengths PerspectivePROCLAMATION BY THE GOVERNOR

TO THE PEOPLE OF KANSAS, GREETINGS:

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