Boston University School of Social Work Dean Honored by National Academies of Practice

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(Boston, Mass.) — Wilma Peebles-Wilkins, dean of Boston University’s School of Social Work, recently was elected as a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice in Social Work. This honor is in recognition and appreciation of Peebles-Wilkins’s significant and enduring contributions to health care practice.

Founded in 1981, the National Academies of Practice is an organization devoted to promoting quality health care for all through interdisciplinary practice, education, and research. Membership in the National Academies of Practice is contingent upon election as a distinguished practitioner or scholar in one of ten healthcare professions: dentistry, medicine, nursing, optometry, osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, podiatry, psychology, social work, and veterinary medicine.

Peebles-Wilkins received a master’s of science degree in social administration from the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences in 1971, and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1984. She began her career at Boston University as the associate dean for academic affairs at the School of Social Work in 1991. Peebles-Wilkins was appointed dean of the School in 1994 by then-president John Silber.

Peebles-Wilkins also currently teaches courses on implications of racism for social work practice, social work practice ethics, and issues for the social work profession. She is a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and a fellow of the American Orthopsychiatric Association.

Boston University is the fourth largest independent university in the United States, with an enrollment of nearly 30,000 students in its 16 schools and colleges. The University offers an exceptional grounding in the liberal arts, a broad range of programs in the arts, sciences, engineering, and professional areas, and state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research.