University at Albany

Excellence in Professional Service

Each year, the University at Albany honors special members of its community with Excellence Awards denoting exceptional contributions to the life of the campus. Three staff members received this tribute in 2010 for Excellence in Professional Service.

Mary McCarthyMary McCarthy, Social Welfare

Dr. Mary McCarthy began her association with UAlbany in 1987, initially as Assistant Director of Field Education and Undergraduate Field Coordinator in the School of Social Welfare. She currently serves as the School’s Assistant Dean for Development, and as Director of the Social Work Education Consortium, a statewide partnership between the New York State Association of Deans of Social Work Schools and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. As Assistant Dean, she has initiated a new focus on development within the School, enhancing both resources and collaborations with the wider community. As Consortium Director, she interacts with and guides a diverse group of stake-holders including deans of schools of social work, state agency administrators, administrators and supervisors of local social service districts, and workers themselves. She is Principal Investigator for two federal Children’s Bureau grants and contracts totaling more than $17 million dollars. Beyond the University, Mary has assumed several leadership roles in the social work profession’s largest national association, the National Association of Social Workers. She was President of the Association’s New York State Chapter in 2006-2008. More recently she was elected to the national board as representative of the New York State region, and appointed by the national NASW president to serve as trustee of the national Political Action for Candidate Election Committee. Mary was named Social Worker of the Year by the NASW Northeast New York Division in 1992, and she received a UAlbany Disabled Student Services Faculty Achievement Award in 1993. We are pleased to add to these honors by presenting the 2010 President’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service to Dr. Mary McCarthy.

Excellence in Professional Service

    Mary McCarthy
Steve Galime
Arts and
Tom Kilcullen

Mary McCarthy
Social Welfare

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