From the Dean's Desk

Dean JenkinsMany of us choose social work to make a difference. Whether it’s fighting for social justice; giving voice to the marginalized; or seeking solutions to racism, violence, and oppression, we work to protect those most vulnerable in our society. We also strive to respond to the tough social issues facing people at home and abroad. Whatever your reason for choosing the Kent School of Social Work, you will become part of a community of learners leading the way in confronting daunting societal challenges.

At the Kent School, you will find a strong generalist orientation in the foundation curriculum preparing you for work with client systems ranging from individuals to groups, families, organizations, and communities. In the advanced curriculum, you will use complex critical thinking and best-practice evidence to deepen your understanding of social challenges. Our faculty are engaged in interdisciplinary research seeking answers to complex social issues – enhancing the classroom experience. Also, dual degrees in law, theology, women and gender studies, bioethics, and Pan African studies enable students to reach their professional goals within the context of social work.

We make every effort at the Kent School to meet a range of students’ needs as we prepare you for advanced practice in the field of social work. The BSW program offers an exciting opportunity for undergraduate students to learn about generalist evidence-based social work practice on the main campus and online. The MSSW program, with its strong reputation for excellence, gives students many different specialization options in a traditional classroom setting or online. The PhD program prepares students for research and leadership in addressing challenges extending from the Commonwealth to the world community. I am confident each of these educational ventures will challenge and excite you.

I look forward to welcoming you to the Kent School family!

David Jenkins, Ph.D.