Homelessness remains a major community problem in Knoxville and Knox County, according to a report issued last week by the UT Knoxville College of Social Work. The report is an annual product of the Knoxville Homeless Management Information System (KnoxHMIS), a state-of-the-art web-based database application for the collection and reporting of data on homeless individuals and families in the area. Social work professor David Patterson serves as director and principal investigator on KnoxHMIS and authored the report.
College of Social Work News
Faculty Appreciation Week College Kudos: Get to know Associate Professor Camille Hall and Professor David Dupper from the College of Social Work.
Thanks to the UT College of Social Work’s distance education program, Reba McBride is on track to complete her master’s degree in spring 2011, something the wife and mother of two says otherwise might not have been possible. The college’s Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) Distance Education Program has helped many others like McBride, and its success has earned the program an award.
This Take Five for Education features advice for helping kids deal with bullies from Professor David Dupper of the College of Social Work at UT Knoxville. Dupper spent nearly 15 years working as a social worker in middle and high schools in Florida before his work in higher education. He’s written two books, numerous book chapters and many papers on topics including school violence, bullying, school discipline and at-risk students.
More than one-third of teens report being “harassed” via cell phones, e-mail, instant messaging, text messaging, chat rooms, blog postings or the Internet over the course of a recent school year. Professor David Dupper of the College of Social Work at UT Knoxville said these alarming statistics indicate “cyberbullying” and “cyberstalking” are on the rise.
The UT College of Social Work will see its first distance education master’s degree students graduate this week. Students began the program during summer 2008.
UT Knoxville’s nuclear engineering graduate program is now a top 10 program, according to the U.S. News and World Report 2011 graduate rankings. The program was ranked ninth in the country, rising three spots from last year. UT’s law, education and logistics programs also were ranked among the best in the nation.
Members of the Bachelor of Science in Social Work Organization (BSSWO) in the UT Knoxville College of Social Work are just shy of their fundraising goal for a student scholarship and are holding a benefit concert Friday, March 26, in hopes of meeting their $2,000 goal.
Two new ombudspersons will begin mediating disputes for faculty and staff at UT Knoxville on Jan. 1. The faculty ombudsperson will be Bill Nugent; the staff ombudsperson will be Elaine Wynn.