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1 The How's of Attracting, Marketing, and Managing a Social Work Faculty and the Social Work Program PRESENTED BY BPD, NADD, GADE MARCH 18, 2009 BPD CONFERENCE, PHOENIX, AZ

2 Panelists Darla Spence Coffey, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, West Chester University, West Chester, PA (Secretary of BPD) Mildred C. Joyner, Director/ Chairperson and Professor, Undergraduate Social Work Department, West Chester University, West Chester, PA (BPD) Todd Rodfuth, Chairperson and Professor, Social Work Department Southern Connecticut State University (Vice President of NADD ) Barbara Rittner, Director, PhD Program, Associate Dean for External Affairs University of Buffalo, School of Social Work (GADE)

3 Attracting and Retaining BSW Faculty for Undergraduate Social Work Programs. Presented - BPD Meeting March 18, 2009 Darla Spence Coffey, Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs, West Chester University, PA Mildred C Joyner, Director/Chairperson and Professor, Undergraduate Social Department, West Chester University, PA

4 Attracting BSW Programs and Attracting Faculty Faculty apply because: ▫They had interest in an undergraduate faculty position ▫They have taught as an adjunct faculty person. ▫They have supervised students who are enrolled in BSW programs ▫They view it as an entry point to academia ▫They can not get a job elsewhere ▫Other reasons?

5 BSW Faculty Must serve as: o Gatekeepers to the Social Work Profession o Assess the values and ethics of student s early on in the program o Develop and mentor students throughout the program o Maintain stringent academic standards throughout program. o Re-direct students when necessary o Prepare students for the workplace and for graduate education. o Teach a strong generalist foundation o Make sure that students have appropriate placements that reflect the needs of the community as well as addresses the national and global issues. o Other goals?

6 Successful Faculty in BSW Programs Enjoy the role of an undergraduate professor Enjoy developing students for the workplace and graduate school Enjoy the role of a teacher/scholar model Enjoy assisting in the myriad of student driven activities Enjoy developing their scholarship on issues that assist the departments growth and development as well as their own Enjoy teaching across the curriculum Enjoy developing connections and inroads into the community Enjoy revising the curriculum to meet the current community, national, and global needs of entry level professionals Other?

7 Unique Program at West Chester University to Attract Faculty

8 FREDERICK DOUGLASS INSTITUTE West Chester University FDI Summer Teaching Scholars Program

9 In Honor of Frederick Douglass Advances multicultural studies across the curriculum Deepens the intellectual heritage of Frederick Douglass. Douglass gave his last public lecture on West Chester's campus on February 1, 1895. The Institute aims to build a better community for all of us to fulfill our destiny as human beings.

10 The Mission of FDI A window to the world of knowledge A catalyst for bridging systems of thought and expression A light of hope and a place of encouragement for all who seek change. Goal To prepare Pennsylvania’s students for the 21st century by encouraging and supporting intercultural literacy and knowledge that are required of them as citizens of the Commonwealth and the world.

11 History of FDI 1995: Centennial celebration of the life and work of Frederick Douglass at WCU (1818-1895). 1992-93: Start of the Douglass initiative at WCU Questions about cultural diversity were brought into focus during the first year Douglass commemoration would offer new strategies for improving the efforts the University had made towards becoming an institution committed to cultural diversity.

12 Introduction Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Scholars teach a course during the Summer Sessions Provide graduate students with teaching experience and potential employment opportunities within university settings that are strongly committed to cultural diversity. West Chester University: 1 of 11 out of 14 PASSHE schools offering this opportunity

13 Teaching Scholars 1996: WCU starts offering teaching opportunities in the Frederick Douglass Scholars Program The purpose: to attract graduate students from historically underrepresented and underserved populations.

14 Primarily involved in four areas: Conducting research on multiculturalism and on Frederick Douglass Establishing opportunities for advanced study for teachers and members of the academic community Sponsoring distinguished exhibits, lectures and library collections Collaborating with educational and cultural agencies

15 Requirements Minimum requirements: ▫Master’s degree completed or equivalent and currently enrolled in a terminal degree program; ▫academic background in one of the fields taught at WCU ▫Three favorable letters of recommendation from faculty in the student’s field, including the student’s adviser. Preferred: ▫experience in teaching or as a teaching assistant. Compensated as adjunct faculty. ▫Expected to live in on-campus housing in an apartment that will be provided at no charge and to participate in campus activities.

16 Teaching Scholars 1996: WCU started to offer teaching opportunities in the Frederick Douglass Scholars Program The purpose: to attract graduate students from historically underrepresented and underserved populations.

17 FREDERICK DOUGLASS INSTITUTE West Chester University FDI Summer Teaching Scholars Program Undergraduate Social Work was one of the first departments to host an FDS at WCU from USC in 1996

18 2008 FDS and FDS Director, Dr. Jim Trotman

19 Frederick Douglass Scholars Dr. Kesha Morant has a Ph.D. in Communication and Culture from Howard University. research interests include intercultural and rhetorical communication. Ms. Kari Miller is a Ph.D. candidate at Howard University in the Department of African Studies. Her dissertation research focuses on the representations of black women in the South African plays of Athol Fugard and Zakes Mda.

20 Frederick Douglass Scholars Ms. Bahiyyah MiAllah Muhammad, is a Ph.D. candidate in Rutgers University’s, School of Criminal Justice. Ms. Muhammad’s dissertation delves into children of prisoners and African Americans in the Criminal Justice System. Dr. Yolanda Abel is an Instructor in the Department of Teacher Preparation at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Adel’s dissertation was: “African-American Father Involvement in Their Children’s School- Based Lives” Dr. Wanda Swiggett earned her doctorate in Educational Psychology from Rutgers University. Dr. Swiggett’s research area involves academic motivation, learning environments, and educational assessment. Mr. Neilesh Bose is a Dissertation Fellow at the College of St. Rose in Albany, NY. Much of his work is in modern South Asian history, nationalism, and colonial/postcolonial studies.

21 Ms. Charnetta Gadling-Cole is a West Chester University (WCU) Frederick Douglass Institute Scholar-in-Residence in the Undergraduate Department of Social Work. Having served as an adjunct at Kennesaw State University and Howard University, Ms. Charnetta Gadling-Cole mentors students. Expanding the Vision Undergraduate Social Work Department First Department in 2007 to Sponsor Frederick Douglass Scholar in Residence

22 Future FDS Scholars: WCU Sponsors FDS Scholars each summer in several academic areas through a peer reviewed acceptance process 2009 FDS Summer Undergraduate Social Work Gina McCall, University of Alabama Ph D Candidate

23 Summary Think out of the box Create an opportunity that incorporates not just social work but other disciplines. Every faculty member is unique, it is our job to make sure that are committed to teaching, scholarship, and service, it is also our job to mentor faculty to achieve the goals that are outlined in their expectations. Social Work can assist the academy to think outside the box. Social Work Administrators can serve on committees that reflect the values and mission of the social work profession. Social Work can mentor the programs so that success is achieved.


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