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UAlbany Associate Dean and Professor of Social Welfare Elected President-Elect of Society for Social Work and Research

Contact: Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980

ALBANY, N.Y. (March 28, 2005) --UAlbany School of Social Welfare Associate Dean and Professor Anne E. (Ricky) Fortune has been elected president of the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) for 2005-2006. SSWR was founded in 1994 as a professional organization for social work researchers.

Fortune teaches social work practice at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with a research focus in the areas of task-centered practice, social work treatment, aging, and field education. She has served the School in numerous capacities since joining the faculty in 1998, including acting as the interim dean from August 1996 to January 1997. Currently, Fortune serves in a variety of roles: tenured professor, associate dean for Academic Programs, and chair of the MSW program. In addition, Fortune directs the School of Social Welfare's Internships in Aging Project.

A 1978 doctoral graduate of the University of Chicago, Fortune has both a distinguished track record in academia and social work practice. Prior to joining UAlbany, she was on the faculty of the School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University and the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to teaching, she worked as an evaluator on projects in the public schools, with runaway youth and with welfare mothers preparing for work.

A widely published author and editor, Fortune’s work has appeared in several scholarly journals, including the Journal of Social Work Education, the Journal of Teaching in Social Work, and the Journal of Gerontological Social Work. Recent books include the 2000 publication of Aging and Social Work: The Changing Landscapes (Washington, DC: NASW Press) with colleagues Sharon M. Keigher and Stanley L. Witkin; and the 1999 publication of Research in Social Work (3rd ed. Columbia University Press) with husband William J. Reid, a fellow professor at UAlbany until his death in 2004. She is currently a consulting editor for the journal Social Work.

In addition to scholarly research, Fortune plays an active role in student support in the School of Social Welfare. Fortune was instrumental in the establishment of The William J. Reid Endowment for Doctoral Dissertation Research at the University at Albany School of Social Work, in honor of her late husband. This endowment's goal is to provide much needed funding opportunities for students working on doctoral dissertations.

UAlbany’s School of Social Welfare is ranked second in per capita scholarly productivity among the social work programs in the nation. The School’s mission is to further social and economic justice and to serve people who are vulnerable, marginalized or oppressed. This mission is implemented through education, knowledge development and service that promotes leadership for evidence-based social work with a global perspective. As a recognized national and international leader in developing innovative and creative programs, along with facilitating public-private partnerships, the School has been able to attract premier students, providing them with an unsurpassed educational experience at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral level.


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