School of Social Work


Using a digital storytelling project, Dr. Gerstenblatt's Oral History and Social Work class makes the connection between individual and collective narratives, and how they inform social work practice.
Hermeet Kohli
Hermeet Kohli, assistant professor of social work and honors, receives the Donald Harward Award for Faculty Service-Learning Excellence.
Seniors Robert Marcroft and Lida Holst recently had their columns exmaning Portland's poor and homeless appear in local newspapers.
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The School of Social Work at the University of Southern Maine is pleased to announce that it has received reaccreditation of the school’s Bachelor of Arts in Social Work and Master of Social Work programs from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Both the undergraduate and graduate programs will remain accredited until 2021.
Two members of the University of Southern Maine community have been awarded a three-year, $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Violence Against Women, to foster a healthy campus climate for USM students, faculty, and staff.
Thomas Waltz and Ashleigh Guild, students in the USM Masters of Social Work program were featured in the Portland Daily Sun article "'Off the Cuff' gives homeless an acting outlet"
Dr. Susan Fineran, director of the School of Social Work, presented her co-authored paper “Gender, Sexual Orientation, and the Impact of Sexual Harassment Experiences on School Outcomes” at the 63rd Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.
Roya Hejabian
Roya Hejabian, who graduated this year from the USM Master of Social Work program and served as a 2013 commencement speaker, was featured in the Portland Press Herald article "USM graduate celebrates freedom to learn."
School of Social Work students and Professor David Wagner were featured in the Portland Daily Sun for their efforts to raise awareness of the homeless and the need for affordable housing in downtown Portland.
Thinking Matters is a student research, scholarship, and creativity symposium at USM.


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