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Ph.D. alumnus receives the 2016 leadership award at ASWB Annual Meeting

David Hamilton, Ph.D., LMSW, ACSW, a 1998 alumnus of the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work Ph.D. Program, was recognized for his outstanding service to the New York State Board for Social Work by the Association of Social Work Boards during its 2016 Annual Meeting of the Delegate Assembly, held in November in San Diego, California. Hamilton, executive secretary of … Continue reading » “Ph.D. alumnus receives the 2016 leadership award at ASWB Annual Meeting”

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Election message from Timothy L. Davey, Ph.D., interim dean

Dear social work faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends of the school, As I reflect on the election and have spoken with many of you, as well as friends from across the nation, it is clear that no matter your political beliefs, this election has taken a toll on our minds and hearts. Nevertheless, it is comforting for me to … Continue reading » “Election message from Timothy L. Davey, Ph.D., interim dean”

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VCU faculty and student receive an 2016 Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Scholarship Award honorable mention

The Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work is pleased to recognize M. Alex Wagaman, Ph.D., assistant professor, and Rebecca Carter, M.S.W. candidate for receiving a 2016 Council on Social Work Education Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Scholarship Award honorable mention for their paper, Queering the Social Work Classroom: Strategies for Increasing Inclusion of LGBTQ People. Inspired by the Feminist Manuscript Award, … Continue reading » “VCU faculty and student receive an 2016 Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression Scholarship Award honorable mention”

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VCU faculty and student recognized for best conceptual article by the Journal of Social Work Education

The Virginia Commonwealth Univeristy School of Social Work is pleased to recognize Kia J. Bentley, Ph.D., professor, Mary C. Secret, Ph.D., associate professor and Cory R. Cummings, Ph.D. candidate, for the selection of their article, The Centrality of Social Presence in Online Teaching and Learning in Social Work, as the Best Conceptual Article in 2016 by the Editorial Advisory Board … Continue reading » “VCU faculty and student recognized for best conceptual article by the Journal of Social Work Education”

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VCU participates in the 62nd Annual Program Meeting

Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work faculty, staff and Ph.D. students are preparing to attend the 62nd annual Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia. The theme of this year’s meeting is advancing collaborative practice through social work education. Nearly 20 VCU faculty and students will advance the dialogue around interdisciplinary education and collaborative practice … Continue reading » “VCU participates in the 62nd Annual Program Meeting”

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Meet Christopher J. Ward, Ph.D. candidate

Christopher J. Ward is a doctoral candidate and adjunct professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. Ward’s more than six years of post-M.S.W. work experience within South Carolina’s Certificate of Need program led him to explore his research interest, which focuses on the distribution and access of health care infrastructure from a perspective committed to social justice. … Continue reading » “Meet Christopher J. Ward, Ph.D. candidate”

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Meet Avina Ichele Ross, Ph.D. candidate

Avina Ichele Ross is a vigorous advocate and doctoral candidate at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. Her research area is interdisciplinary and includes black socio-feminist inquiry on gender violence discourse of the black community. Her preliminary research in this area won second place at VCU’s School of Social Work Research Symposium in 2015. Driven by the victims’ … Continue reading » “Meet Avina Ichele Ross, Ph.D. candidate”

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Meet Ananda Newmark, recent Ph.D. graduate

Ananda Newmark, Ph.D., completed his doctorate at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work in 2016. His dissertation, “Student Engagement in Undergraduate Social Work Education Among ‘At-risk’ Students,” examined how B.S.W. students engage in their academic experiences, especially those identified as at risk. Newmark found that first-generation college students engage less with their peers, faculty and the social work … Continue reading » “Meet Ananda Newmark, recent Ph.D. graduate”

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Meet Jennifer Jettner, Ph.D. candidate

Jennifer Jettner is a doctoral candidate in the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. She is passionate about promoting food security, food justice and food sovereignty — who gets to eat, what do they eat and how what they eat is produced. She believes that food issues are symptomatic of structural inequities and have the power to galvanize social … Continue reading » “Meet Jennifer Jettner, Ph.D. candidate”

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Meet Cory R. Cummings, Ph.D. candidate

Cory R. Cummings is a doctoral candidate at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. His research interests aim to promote health equity for people who experience serious mental illness and to improve opportunities to pursue health and wellness in their lives. Strategies to accomplish this focus on health promotion interventions that engage and empower the peer support community … Continue reading » “Meet Cory R. Cummings, Ph.D. candidate”