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Research Luncheon Seminar Series 2016-2017: Professor Renee Spencer Discusses STAR Project

“Mentors have to stick around,” BUSSW professor Renee Spencer told faculty and students at the first seminar of the Fall 2016 Research Luncheon Series on September 22 in the Conant Lounge. Professor Spencer’s research focuses on adolescent development and youth mentoring. She presented One Story, Three Perspectives: A Qualitative Case-Based Approach... More

2016 Alumni Association Awards

During the 2016 Boston University Alumni Weekend, the School of Social Work held its annual Alumni Association Awards ceremony. On the evening of October 1, 2016, nearly 90 members of BUSSW family, friends, faculty, alumni, colleagues, and peers gathered in the Photonics Center for a celebration of passion and service... More

The Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health Grants, Updates and Plans for the Future

The Center for Innovation in Social Work and Health (CISWH) has had a very exciting year, and is in the process of planning to ensure the successful trend continue and to help the Center meet its mission of expanding the impact of social work in health care, public health, and... More

Professor Ruth Paris Returns from Fulbright Specialist Grant in Israel

Dr. Ruth Paris, associate professor of clinical practice and director of the Family Therapy Certificate Program at Boston University School of Social Work, completed a Fulbright Specialist Program grant in social work at Bar Ilan University (BIU) in Tel Aviv, Israel this spring. From March through April, Paris worked with... More


The Boston University School of Social Work invites applications for one tenure-track Assistant Professor and one tenured Associate Professor position to join our faculty on July 1, 2017.  Candidates with research/scholarly expertise and teaching interests and experience in the following areas are encouraged to apply: Trauma and Violence - Interpersonal and/or... More

Field Ed Welcomes Fall 2016 Field Instructors to Campus

On Monday, August 15, the BU School of Social Work (BUSSW) Field Education Department hosted a welcome breakfast for field instructors and advisors who will be supervising students in their placements this year.  Around 60 individuals from the 200 active agencies this year gathered in the Colloquium Room on the 9th floor of the... More

Student POV: Students Call for Action

Today, first and foremost, we are grieving. We are grieving the losses of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. We find ourselves confronted by these losses as we continue to struggle with our grief over the losses of Michael Brown, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Freddy Gray, and... More

Dean Gail Steketee Responds to Recent Tragedies

These are very trying times for our nation and for our own communities as we continue to witness the senseless killings of black men at the hands of police and, last week, the killing of police officers during a non-violent peaceful demonstration in Dallas. Most recently, we mourn the deaths of... More

Professor Tom Byrne Recognized for Proposal to Adapt Crisis Homelessness Intervention

Assistant Professor Tom Byrne received a Special Recognition for his proposal, “Adapting Critical Time Intervention as a Scalable Solution to Crisis Homelessness” at the Pioneer Institute’s 25th annual Better Government Competition, which was held in June of this year. The Pioneer Institute is a non-partisan Boston-based public policy research institute. Each... More

Dean Gail Steketee Responds to Tragedy in Orlando

We are horrified to learn of this weekend's tragedy in Orlando in which more than 50 people have died and many more are injured. Our thoughts are with the many who have died, the injured, and their families. We are mindful of the needs of the many traumatized bystanders, police... More