First Annual SSW Research and Scholarship Exhibition Held on April 12th

The First Annual School of Social Work Research and Scholarship Exhibition was launched with an opening reception on April 12, 2010.  Under the leadership of Associate Dean Cheryl A. Parks, the event showcased the research and scholarly achievements of our faculty and doctoral students.  Dr. Peter Nicholls, Provost and Executive Vice President and Dr. Suman Singha, Senior Vice Provost and Vice President for Research

were both in attendance. Over 70 faculty, doctoral students, staff, alumni and community members participated in the opening event.

Exhibition posters remained on display in the Zachs Community Room through April 14th.

The Exhibition opening included a brief program and a keynote address by Dr. Joan Zlotnik, Director of the Social Work Policy Institute of the National Association of Social Work Foundation.  Her address “Accelerating Research for Practice” highlighted the strong linkages between social work research and practice and the benefits to be achieved through partnerships between academic and community researchers.  A reception followed, at which guests and exhibitors had the opportunity to view over 28 poster displays and explore the possibilities for future interdisciplinary collaborations and community partnerships.

In his remarks, Dr. Singha noted the wonderful accomplishments of the School in teaching and research.  “Research awards at the School of Social Work have increased from 17 in FY ’07 to 19 in FY ’08 to an impressive 29 in FY ’09. External funding has increased from $6.1 M to $6.6 M to $9.7M in this same period.  This is something the School of Social Work should be proud of and I am sure will be striving to improve.”  Before introducing Dr. Zlotnik, Dr. Parks thanked Dean Salome Raheim for her “full and enthusiastic support” of the event and noted that the Dean is “a staunch advocate for community engaged and social work research”.