Category: SSW Headlines

Associate Professor Hyeouk Chris Hahm Discussed AWARE Study on VATV

September 16th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW Media Features

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On September 10, 2014, Boston University School of Social Work Associate Professor Hyeouk Chris Hahm, PhD, appeared on VATV: Vietnamese American Initiative for Development. Hahm discussed her new study titled Asian Women’s Action for Resilience and Empowerment (AWARE), which is part of the Asian-American Women’s Health Initiative Project. VATV is a bilingual television program connecting Vietnamese America Communities and the larger Boston community to create better understanding and friendships between the two.

As Hahm explained in her appearance, Asian-American women are highly achieved and highly successful. However, they are suffering from higher risks of depression and suicide. “We have a problem and we need to deal with the problem. We need to provide appropriate services specifically for Asian American Women.” Hahm told VATV host Mary Truong. “Unfortunately, there are no specific modules or sessions for them.”

The AWARE study is comprised of ten group therapy sessions as well as daily messages of encouragement. Hahm and her team face many challenges, including the stigma and shame surrounding mental health in Asian American populations. However, Hahm uses her patients’ positive experiences as motivation to continue. She recalls the emotional reaction she had to the following response created by an AWARE participant:

Through AWARE, my eyes and heart are open. Through AWARE I can understand my parents better. Through AWARE I hope to become a happy person. Because of AWARE I know that I am not useless. Because of AWARE I know that I deserve love.”

In order to test the efficacy, feasibility, and safety, Hahm is going to test AWARE intervention using Randomized Clinical Trial (RCT) with bigger sample size in 2015. Hahm hopes this study will positively impact mental health, substance abuse and sexual health problems faced by Asian American women. Her goal is to one day make it available nationally.

Hahm’s full VATV appearance may be viewed below. More information about Hahm’s AWARE program can be found online.

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BUSSW to Host Idealist Grad Fair on September 29

September 11th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW News Releases

Idealist-logo-09The Boston University School of Social Work will host the Boston Idealist Grad Fair on September 29, 2014 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the George Sherman Union, 2nd Floor, 775 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA, 02215. The free event connects perspective students with graduate school programs in the social impact space. Attendees have the opportunity to connect with representatives and admissions officers from 174 national and international graduate schools.

“Attending an idealist graduate fair is an incredible and unique opportunity because it allows you to meet representatives from many of the schools you may already be interested in, and allows you to learn about schools you haven’t considered before, all in one big event forum.” Katie-Ann Mason, BUSSW’s Admissions Officer said. “These fairs are valuable tools for students at all stages of the search process.”

When attending the Boston Idealist Grad Fair, be prepared. Research the list of exhibitors, which can be viewed here, to gain a better sense of who you would like to visit. Also, remember to be specific with your questions, be professional, and bring copies of your resume with you.

To save time, Mason also suggests bringing your business card and labels with your contact information on them. “Having labels and business cards shows how professional and organized you can be. You can stick your contact labels on contact cards and lists that various schools have at their tables. These cards allow schools to send you more information.”

Click here to register for the free event. For more information about Idealist Grad Fair, visit the Idealist website.

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Students Provide Tips and Insights in New BUSSW Video

September 11th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW Media Features

BUSSW is more than a school, it is a tight-knit community. That’s why this year BUSSW students were eager to offer insights and tips to their incoming BUSSW colleagues.

Do you have any other insights for BUSSW students? Connect with us on Twitter, Facebook, or Youtube and let us know!

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Associate Professor Donna McLaughlin Invited to Join the Wiley Deltak Faculty Fellows Program

September 11th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW News Releases

Donna-McIn September, 2014, Associate Professor and Group Work Specialization Program Coordinator Donna McLaughlin was invited to join the The Wiley Deltak Faculty Fellows Program. The program recognizes a small group of distinguished educators from Wiley’s partnered online programs. During the two-year term, Fellows will learn from like-minded educators and share their insights with Wiley and Deltak to foster innovation and education.

The program began in 2013 with 10 members. This year, another 10, including McLaughlin, joined. Fellows are chosen because of their work to promote excellence in teaching. Click here to learn more about McLaughlin’s experience, research, awards, honors and more.

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BUSSSW Alumni Eugene Dawson (SSW ’66) Awarded Presidential Leadership Award for Distinguished Service by the Colorado Gerontological Society

September 2nd, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW Media Features, SSW News Releases

The Colorado Gerontological Society awarded Eugene “Gene” Dawson (SSW ’66) the first Presidential Leadership Award for Distinguished Service at its annual “Salute to Seniors” Ceremony in May.

The award is now titled the Eugene Dawson Presidential Leadership Award, honoring Dawson’s years of service. It will be awarded annually to esteemed recipients making extraordinary contributions to older Colorado citizens and their families.

Dawson credits Lewis Lowy for inspiring him to pursue a career in gerontological services. During the past 47 years, Dawson has served as an educator, administrator and practitioner in the field of aging services.

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Assistant Professor Guillermo Ernest Gonzales Awarded Peter Paul Professorship at Boston University

August 29th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW News Releases

ErnestBoston University School of Social Work Assistant Professor, Guillermo Ernest Gonzales, PhD, has been awarded a highly competitive Peter Paul Professorship at Boston University. The Professorship includes a three-year award of funds and a teaching load reduction to support Gonzales’ research goals. Deans and department heads nominate candidates annually, and President A. Brown and Provost Jean Morrison select the awardees.

“It’s a real vote of confidence for them,” Morrison told BU Today’s Amy Sutherland. “It demonstrates that we have confidence in their potential and are putting the resources behind that.”

The professorship is named for BU trustee Peter Paul (GSM ’71) who donated $1.5 million to the University in 2006 to fund 10 professorships over five years. Paul has increased his overall commitment to the program to $2.5 million.

Click here to learn more about Gonzales’ professional background. More information about the Peter Paul Professorship can also be found online.

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Dr. Mark Gianino Appointed to the Board of Registration of Social Workers

August 28th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW News Releases

gianino1BUSSW Clinical Associate Professor Mark Gianino, PhD has been appointed to the Board of Registration of Social Workers, effective August 2014. The Board of Registration of Social Workers protects the public by regulating the practice of social work in Massachusetts. Responsibilities include conducting examinations, licensing qualified individuals, determining eligibility for admission to social work examinations, and hearing complaints and taking required action.

“I can’t think of a better qualified or a more committed social worker than Dr. Mark Gianino to fill this role on the Social Work Board of Registration,” Dean Gail Steketee said. “Mark is a strong team player who models professional ethics in so many contexts. He will be a real asset to the Board.”

Learn more about Gianino’s vast experience here. More information about the Board of Registration of Social Workers is available online.

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Faculty Search: Half-Time Lecturer Boston University School of Social Work

August 27th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW News Releases

The Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW) is committed to educating professional social workers who will become leaders in a complex, diverse and multicultural society, through the highest quality of teaching, scholarship, research, practice and political action.

BUSSW seeks to hire a Half-Time Lecturer for our Charles River and off-campus MSW programs. This Half-Time Faculty position will teach four courses per year in human behavior in the social environment, racial justice and/or ethics, depending on the candidate selected.

Applicants must be available to teach at the Charles River Campus in Boston, the weekend off-campus programs in Chelmsford, Fall River, and Cape Cod, and possibly the online program.

Requirements for the position include the following:

  • A masters of social work degree or its equivalent; a doctorate in social work or closely related field is desirable but not required
  • Evidence of excellent teaching and training skills appropriate to the MSW curriculum
  • Experience working with ethnically/racially diverse populations and teaching a diverse student body is desirable
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience as a social work practitioner, with evidence of excellent skills in applied practice.

Interested persons should submit the following materials by October 15th:  (a) a letter of interest describing their areas of social work practice and teaching experience, (b) recent teaching evaluations, and (c) an updated curriculum vita.  The position is expected to begin in January 2015.  Send materials via email to:

Patty Frasso, Assistant to the Dean, at pfrasso@bu.edu

To learn more about BUSSW please visit:   www.bu.edu/ssw.

Boston University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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Faculty Search: African American Studies Program at Boston University-Tenured Endowed Chair

August 27th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW News Releases

The African American Studies Program at Boston University invites applications for the George and Joyce Wein Chair in African American Studies, with a joint appointment at the tenured full professor level in any of the discipline(s) of Anthropology, Biology, Earth & Environment, Economics, English, History, History of Art & Architecture, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Romance Studies, Sociology, or Social Work, beginning in July 2015.

We are looking for an established colleague with leadership capacity and an outstanding record of teaching and research on the African American experience in the contemporary period. Candidates with complementary interests in and appreciation for the international and comparative dimensions of African American life are especially encouraged to apply. Areas of specialization within disciplines are open.

Boston University expects excellence in teaching and in research and is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and a multicultural learning environment. Initial applications should be submitted here and addressed to Prof John Thornton. Please include 1) a letter describing your teaching and research interests and professional experience, and 2) curriculum vitae. References and letters may be requested later. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

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Faculty Search: African American Studies Program at Boston University-Assistant Professor

August 27th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW News Releases

The African American Studies Program at Boston University invites applications for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor position, beginning July 2015, pending Provost approval. We seek a colleague suitable for joint appointment in any of the discipline(s) of Anthropology, Economics, History, Political Science, Sociology, or Social Work whose research and teaching focus on the African American experience, with particular emphasis on North America in the contemporary period.  Candidates with complementary interests in and appreciation for the international and comparative dimensions of African American life are especially encouraged to apply.  Areas of specialization within disciplines are open.

Boston University expects excellence in teaching and in research and is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and a multicultural learning environment.  Candidates must have completed all requirements for the PhD before September 1, 2015.  Applications should be submitted here and include 1) a letter addressed to Professor Linda Heywood, Chair of the Search Committee, describing your teaching and research interests and professional experience; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) two samples of your scholarly writing; and 4) three letters of reference, sent directly by your referees. Review of applications will begin October 1, 2014 and will continue until the position is filled.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

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