Dr. Garran joined the UConn SSW faculty in 2010 following many years as a social work clinician and adjunct teacher at numerous schools of social work. Her work on diversity, racism, anti-oppressive practice and inclusive pedagogy are critical areas of inquiry for the school, the university and for the profession. Dr. Garran has gained national prominence and an increasing international presence through her publications, her conference presentations and her consulting activities. Her teaching activity has been outstanding across the casework curriculum, in micro theories and human oppression. She is a frequent presenter at SSW continuing education programs and often serves as consultant on issues of diversity, racism and pedagogy at other universities.
Through her scholarship, Dr. Garran examines issues of importance to social work, which are interconnected: anti-oppression and anti-racism in teaching and social work practice. Her scholarship is focused on areas identified for interdisciplinary research in the School and University. The second edition of her book Racism in America has recently been submitted.
Dr. Garran has also made important service contributions within the School and the profession and has served as a consultant to the school’s Just Community initiative, which has involved a school-wide diversity related capacity building effort. In this role, she led student focus groups to assess school climate and led recent school-wide discussions in the aftermath of the Ferguson, MO issues. Dr. Garran serves on two social work journal editorial boards and is a reviewer for two additional journals.
Upon making this appointment, Dean Heller stated “Dr. Garran brings enthusiasm, expertise and experience to this position. She will continue to make valuable contributions to the School.”