Social Work Faculty and Students Recognized with Awards
Kudos to our talented faculty and students who have received recent honors! Congratulations to Linda Williams for her NC State Faculty Adviser and the NACADA Excellence in Advising awards, Barbara Zelter for the 2014 Myrna Miller Wellons Advocacy Award, Suzanne Martin for the student award for Equity for Women, as well as four high achieving undergraduates who were awarded CHASS scholarships.
Social Work Faculty Research and Publications
In NC State's Department of Social Work, hard-working faculty are producing research and publications that address a variety of topics: suicide prevention, program evaluation, serving clients with limited literacy skills, low-income older adults, youth leadership, and community health coalitions. Read on to learn about our wonderful faculty and their contributions to the social work field.
Faculty Highlight: Professor Deric Boston
Deric Boston, MSW, LCSW, is a part-time member of the faculty in the MSW program at NC State. He teaches social work practice classes. We interviewed him about his experience in the social work profession, including his work as a mental health consultant for Head Start and Early Head Start.
Faculty Highlight: Professor Linda Williams
Professor Linda Williams will be retiring after 35 years of dedicated service to our social work community. Through administration and leadership, student advising, program and course development, and service to the community, she has made a strong and lasting impact.
Alumni Highlight: Chris Toenes
Chris Toenes, a graduate of the NC State Master of Social Work program (class of 2013) is most known by students in our program as creator of a documentary called Mission Critical, an enlightening account of what happens to students who receive extreme disciplinary actions in our school systems. In this interview, he shares his current role in the social work profession and his thoughts on being a social worker.
Group Work Conference Focuses on Experiential Techniques
A recent group work conference focused on experiential engagement techniques. During two workshops, participants learned about and practiced new approaches and skills.
Department of Social Work Hosts 2014 Spring Symposium
On March 26, 2014, the NC State Department of Social Work hosted its spring symposium, A World Where All People Matter: Future Trends in Practice with Older Adults. The keynote speaker, Dr. Karen Bullock, emphasized the need for students to be prepared to work with older adults, citing that 53 percent of Americans will be over 65 by the year 2020. Four dynamic panelists continued the discussion.
Department of Social Work Student Highlights
Meet four of our especially noteworthy social work students.
Students Complete International Research for Stop Hunger Now
In February 2014, 13 graduate students from the Masters of Social Work program at NC State, three staff members, and faculty adviser Dr. Marcie Fisher-Borne traveled to the Dominican Republic as part of a year-long evaluation research project for international nonprofit Stop Hunger Now. The trip provided students with excellent field research experience. It also gave them with a more nuanced understanding of chronic hunger and the solutions for ending the problem.
Child Welfare Collaborative Students Participate in Mock Trial
During the 2013 fall semester, NC State Child Welfare Collaborative students learned how to prepare and give testimony during court appearances. Law faculty and students from NC Central University trained MSW students to prepare for trial of an abuse/neglect/dependency case by working with them to conduct a mock trial of an actual case.