Tagged: Boston University

Assistant Professor 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, 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.

Tagged , , , , , ,

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.

Tagged , , , , ,

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.

Tagged , , ,

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.

Tagged , , , , ,

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.

Tagged , , , , ,

Dean and Professor Gail Steketee Quoted in Harvard Women’s Health Watch

August 25th, 2014 in SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW Media Features, SSW News Releases

1388374859Boston University School of Social Work Dean and Professor Gail Steketee, PhD, was interviewed for a Harvard Women’s Health Watch article by Stephanie Watson titled “Treatment can Break the Grip of Hoarding Disorder.”

In the article, Steketee discusses the various reasons people hoard, including sentimental attachment. “There is some specific association to an object, or an object is seen to represent a person’s identity in some important way,” Steketee told Watson.

Regardless of the reasoning, experts recommend cognitive behavioral therapy to help the person understand the reason for their hoarding. Steketee suggests finding a therapist who is specifically trained in hoarding. Also, books such as “Buried in Treasures: Help for Compulsive Acquiring, Saving, and Hoarding,” which Steketee co-authored, can also help hoarders and their families find a solution.

Click here to read the full article.

Tagged , , , ,

BUSSW Student Reginald Harris Quoted in Boston Globe Article

August 18th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW Media Features

Reginald Harris (SSW ‘15) was quoted in Bella English’s article “Cambridge Nonprofit Offers Kids Summer Fun”  published in the Boston Globe on August 12, 2014. Harris, who is in his second year as a clinical social work student and part of the family therapy certificate program, spent his summer counseling students at Daybreak Day Camp in Cambridge.

“My biggest takeaway from the summer is that children who experience social and emotional behavior issues very rarely have the opportunity to experience fun new things and play,” Harris said. “Play is essential to childhood development and is the basis of socialization.”

The 30 campers, who may never have experienced camp without Daybreak, attended three field trips a week and participated in many other activities. “We’re helping them develop the skills to resolve conflicts, to have more resilience,” Harris told English.

Daybreak is a day camp program designed specifically for children with a variety of emotional, social or behavioral issues. Harris found out about Daybreak through his foundation year internship at the Amigos School in Cambridge.

Daybreak has 17 trained counselors, specializing in different practices. Harris used the knowledge he gained at BUSSW throughout the summer. “My group work clinical course was especially useful, seeing as though most of the work I did as a counselor was in small groups,” Harris said. “Thanks Professor Underwood!”

Click here to read English’s full story

Photograph from original story: Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff.

Tagged , , , , ,

WBUR Profiles Dean Emeritus Hubie Jones, An Agent For Social Change in Boston

July 28th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW Media Features

Hubie Jones

On June 24, 2014, Boston University School of Social Work Dean Emeritus Hubie Jones was honored by the Roxbury Multi-Service Center during its 50th anniversary gala. In commemoration of the occasion, WBUR’s Delores Handy profiled Jones and his continuous work in Boston.

Growing up in the South Bronx in New York City, Jones planned on becoming a teacher. However, that changed when the work of Kenneth Clark, one of Jones’ professors at City College of New York, was quoted in a U.S Supreme Court decision.

“For me this was powerful,” Jones said during his interview with Handy. “I saw an academic, I saw a scholar, using his scholarship to advance public policy and social change.”

In 1955, Jones came to Boston to study at the Boston University School of Social Work. On October 28, 1956, a date he has never forgotten, he attended a speech delivered by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“He walked up to the podium without a note, and out of his mouth came this extraordinary oratory that blew me away,” Jones told Handy. “It was a part of cementing my commitment to work for social justice and social change in America.”

Jones has been an agent for change in Boston for nearly 60 years. He has assisted in the formation and leadership of various organizations, including the Roxbury Multi-Service Center.

“You literally can’t scratch the surface of anything in this community that’s of any value and not find Hubie Jones was at the center of it,” said Michael Brown, co-founder of City Year.

In 1977, Jones became the dean of the Boston University School of Social Work. He inspired and shaped the School’s urban mission during his 16-year tenure. An annual symposium, The Hubie Jones Lecture in Urban Health, was also developed in his honor. The lecture series addresses vexing health issues in the urban context, featuring prominent national and international leaders at the intersection of health and social justice.

“Hubie’s whole career has been as an agent of social change and he may be one of the most prominent instruments of social change in Boston in the last 60 years,” Marjorie Arnos-Barron, communications consultant and political blogger, told Handy.

At 80-years-old, Jones continues to influence and define the social and civic landscape of Boston as a leader, bridge-builder, and advocate.

“I just want this city to be as inclusive and as great as it can be,” Jones said. “If we begin to get education right, if we begin to get the integration of services right, we can do what no other city probably can do. We have a chance to be spectacular. This is what I live for.”

Read Handy’s full story here.

Image: Jesse Costa/WBUR

Tagged , , , , , ,

Mary Elizabeth Collins: Building a Sustained Commitment to Children

July 7th, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW Media Features

On June 25, VTDigger featured commentary by Boston University School of Social Work Professor and Department of Social Welfare Policy Chair Mary Elizabeth Collins, Ph. D. In the article, Collins discusses the need for a sustained commitment to children.

“Protecting children and supporting families challenges each of our states’ child welfare systems,” Collins says. “The challenge is also shared internationally with those countries that have developed professional social service systems.”

While modest solutions are available, Collins calls for a reorientation to the work of child protection — “one that aims for a commitment to anti-poverty interventions, opportunities for families to gain an economic foothold, and mending of the social safety net.”

“A more fundamental reorientation to the work might include the adoption of a children’s rights framework to guide our policy response,” Collins says, as nearly all countries of the world are adhere to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. “Children and youth would have an entitlement to the needed services and supports to obtain safety, permanency and well-being – the three outcomes that are currently the focus of U.S. child welfare policy.”

“The moral commitment needs to be shared amongst the people of each community, state and the nation as a whole,” Collins says about the responsibility of child protection. “There is much in the larger context that must be shared by political leaders, universities, public and private agencies, faith communities, business and the citizenry in order to move toward effective and sustained change.”

Collins’ full commentary is featured on the VTDigger website.

Tagged , , , , , ,

AHSR Registration Now Open!

May 1st, 2014 in Homepage, SSW Headlines, SSW In the News, SSW Media Features, SSW News Releases

AHSR_Logo

Registration is now open for the 2014 Addiction Health Services Research (AHSR) Conference. The theme of this year’s conference is, “Research on integrating addiction, mental health and medical care services,” and posters, oral presentations and symposia are now being accepted.

The conference will be held in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, at the Hyatt Boston Harbor on October 15-17, 2014.

To learn more about the conference and to register, please visit the AHSR 2014 website: http://sites.bu.edu/ahsr2014/.

Tagged , , , , , , , ,