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School of Social Welfare Student Positions & Position Descriptions

Student representatives are always needed in various capacities (descriptions listed in the dropdowns below) to provide input and feedback to the School and to support our educational mission. Elections for each academic year are held in the fall of that year. If you’re interested in getting involved with the School and have questions about any of the positions, please feel free to contact Kristin Trendel at katrendel@ku.edu.

BSW Program Committee (3 student members)
The BSW Program Committee is responsible for overseeing the explicit and implicit BSW curriculum, and reviewing and voting on policy issues related to the MSW program. The committee meets five to six times per year, generally on Friday mornings in Twente Hall from 10 a.m. to noon. The committee is comprised of the BSW Program Director (who serves as chair), the Director of Field Education, four faculty members (representing the human behavior, research, and policy sequences, and the diversity course) and three students (representing Junior and Senior Level classes, and at least one student from the Edwards Campus BSW program). Students are responsible for attending meetings, responding to emails from the committee chair, and maintaining communication with the students that they are representing on the committee. Students contact their peers and bring concerns and issues to the attention of the BW Program Committee and share the outcomes of meetings with their student peers.

Current 2017-18 BSW Program Committee Members:
Junelhy Gutierrez-Garcia, Senior Edwards Campus, junelhygutierrez@ku.edu
Cailin Ten Bensel, Senior Lawrence Campus, c683t071@ku.edu

MSW Program Committee (3 student members)
The MSW Program Committee is responsible for overseeing the explicit and implicit MSW curriculum and reviewing and voting on policy issues related to the MSW program. The committee meets five to six times per year, generally on Friday mornings in Twente Hall from 9 to 11:00 a.m. The committee is comprised of the MSW Program Director (who serves as chair), the Director of Field Education, three faculty members (representing the Foundation Year, the Clinical Concentration, and the Macro Practice Concentration) and three students (also representing the Foundation Year, the Clinical Concentration, and the Macro Practice Concentration). Students are responsible for attending meetings, responding to emails from the committee chair, and maintaining communication with the students that they are representing on the committee. Students contact their peers and bring concerns and issues to the attention of the MSW Program Committee and share the outcomes of meetings with their student peers.

Current 2016-17 MSW Program Committee Members:
Brandy Hodgkin, MSW Foundation Edwards, brandy_h@ku.edu
Madeline Ford, MSW Clinical Lawrence, madeline_ford@gmail.com
Kellie Brown, MSW Macro Edwards, k.brown360@yahoo.com

PhD Program Committee (3 student members)
The PhD Program Committee is responsible for overseeing the PhD curriculum and reviewing and voting on policy issues related to the PhD program. The committee meets five to six times per year, generally on Friday mornings in Twente Hall from 10 a.m. to noon. The committee is comprised of the PhD Program Director (who serves as chair), five faculty members (60 percent elected by faculty and 40 percent appointed by the dean in consultation with the doctoral program director), and three students (representing the first year cohort, second year cohort, and students who have finished coursework). Students are responsible for attending meetings, responding to emails from the committee chair, and maintaining communication with the students that they are representing on the committee. Students are also responsible for managing the PhD Student Group. Students must contact their peers and bring concerns and issues to the attention of the PhD Program Committee and share the outcomes of meetings with their student peers.

Current 2017-18 PhD Program Committee Members:
Eunji Nam, eunjinam@ku.edu
Megan Leopold, mleopold@ku.edu
Whitney Grube, whitney1@ku.edu

Field Education Advisory Board (8-10 student members)
The Field Education Student Advisory Board is made up eight to 10 students in practicum, therefore the work is student-driven. Board members are asked to represent their fellow students and provide feedback and guidance to the Field Education Office regarding practicum planning, the placement process, and the field experience. The Field Education Office also provides updates and asks for feedback on specific initiatives throughout the year, and the Board may also choose to produce specific priorities and/or recommendations for the Field Education Office. The committee meets four times a year, with the possibility of voluntary committee work in between meetings. Representation from all levels of students in field and all campuses are needed. The meetings are connected remotely between campuses in order for all to participate.

Current 2016-17 Field Education Advisory Board Members:
Ja Juan Smith, BSW Lawrence, j722s936@ku.edu
Brittany Beneke, Foundation Lawrence, brittanymarie@ku.edu
Mayra Gonzales, MSW Foundation Western Kansas, magonzales1@ku.edu
Melissa Hickey, MSW Foundation Edwards, melissa_hickey@ku.edu
Lance Faegenburg, Clinical Lawrence, landaj13@warpmail.net
Andrew Frosch, Clinical Edwards, a753f647@ku.edu
Aisha Shaw, Clinical Edwards, aishashaw@ku.edu
Kellie Brown, Macro Lawrence, k.brown360@yahoo.com

Student Advisory Board (12 student members)
The Dean’s Student Advisory Board is intended to create an informal setting for discussing the student experience in the School. This can range from the curriculum to field to the environment of the School. The focus of the board’s work is to discuss things that are going well in the School and things that need attention. The group will meet monthly, usually at lunch. Representation consists of:
  • (2) Ph.D. students
  • (1) Macro student
  • (1) Clinical student KULC
  • (1) Clinical student – KUEC
  • (1) Foundation student – KULC
  • (1) Foundation student – KUEC
  • (1) Western Kansas student
  • (1) BSW Junior – KULC
  • (1) BSW Senior – KULC
  • (1) BSW Junior – KUEC
  • (1) BSW Senior – KUEC

Current 2016-17 Student Advisory Board Members:
Amittia Parker, PhD student, amittia@ku.edu
Vacant, MSW Macro
Vacant, MSW Clinical Lawrence
Vacant, MSW Clinical Edwards
Jared Auten, MSW Foundation Lawrence, j882a372@ku.edu
Rebecca Lassiter, MSW Foundation Edwards, rebecca_lassiter@ku.edu
Vacant, Western Kansas
Vacant, BSW Junior Lawrence
Vacant, BSW Junior Edwards
Mara McAllister, BSW Senior Lawrence, m842m051@ku.edu
Reve Montour, BSW Senior Edwards, montourreve@gmail.com

Student Representatives to School Faculty Meetings (6 student members)
Three times a semester, the School holds faculty meetings. The meetings are intended to share information about the overall university, the School and individual programs. A variety of issues are discussed and approved, including but not limited to faculty governance and curricula. The meeting is comprised of the faculty, research faculty, the assistant dean, the director of field, and program directors from each campus. Student representatives will be asked to provide a student perspective and on occasion be asked to solicit feedback and input from their peers. Up to six student representatives may be appointed, All representatives must be in good academic standing and enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours in the School. The six representatives will consist of two from the BSW program (one from each campus), three from the MSW program (one from each campus), and one from the PhD program. Representatives will be appointed by the respective program directors.

Current 2016-17 Student Representatives to School Faculty Meetings Members:
Eunji Nam, Ph.D., eunjinam@ku.edu
Brittany Beneke, MSW Lawrence, brittanymarie@ku.edu
Marissa Kile, MSW Edwards, marissa_kile@yahoo.com
Vacant, MSW Western Kansas
Vacant, BSW Lawrence
Vacant, BSW Edwards


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