School of Social Welfare

By the Numbers

  • Total enrollment: 533
  • Bachelor's: 64
  • Master's: 356
  • Doctoral: 69

School of Social Welfare

National Rankings

  • Top five among schools of social work in faculty research and scholarship, Academic Analytics, as reported in the Chronicle of Higher Education
  • No. 12 in the nation, U.S. News & World Report, 2010 Edition, America's Best Graduate Schools

Major Highlights

School of Social Welfare (SSW) global initiatives included research and development projects on aging and disaster preparedness in Russia; dementia in Ireland; and child welfare and aging in South Korea.

Students provided over 227,000 hours of service in their SSW field internships and as volunteers in the Community and Public Service Program.

Six students visited Ethiopia and South Africa as part of the U.S.-Africa Partnership for Building Stronger Communities Project's 9th Summer Tour to Africa.  Seven students traveled to New Orleans in the third year of a student service-learning project to help with rebuilding.

A new lecture series launched by the School covered such topics as lifetime effects of adverse childhood experiences, veterans and their families, Iraqi refugees, HIV and aging, inter-professional practice, and social work practice in Russia.
The School hosted four visiting professors for the year from South Korea, Russia and Denmark.

Awards and Recognition

The life and work of the late Distinguished Professor William J. Reid was honored in a special issue of Research on Social Work Practice.

Professor Ronald Toseland received the 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award from the Society for Social Work Research.

Two School faculty members were recipients of UAlbany's 2009 Excellence Awards. Professor Phil McCallion was honored for Excellence in Research, and Mary Corrigan was recognized for Excellence in Teaching as a Part-Time Lecturer.

Assistant Professor Sandra Austin received the Community Based Volunteer Award from the American Diabetes Association.

Distinguished Professor Shirley Jones and Associate Professor Robert Miller were chosen by the New York State National Guard to serve on an interdisciplinary team to South Africa to explore possible collaborative partnerships.


Mary McCarthy, director of UAlbany's Social Work Education Consortium, and Dean Katharine Briar-Lawson, $16.5 million, U.S. Children's Bureau, for the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute to provide leadership training for those who serve abused and neglected children.

Associate Professor Nancy Claiborne and Assistant Research Professor Catherine Lawrence, $2.5 million, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Children's Bureau, to evaluate and strengthen child welfare workforce in New York State.

Center for Excellence in Aging Services, $1.4 million, U.S. Administration on Aging, NYS Office for the Aging, NYS Department of Health, Bronx Health Reach/CDC, for nursing home initiative, implementation of a diabetes prevention and management initiative, and development of healthy lifestyles for members of the West Hill community in Albany, New York.

Center for Human Services Research, $3 million, NYS Office of Children and Family Services, NYS Department of Health, U.S. Department of Education, SAMHSA, Veteran's Administration, to conduct program evaluation and develop information systems for human service initiatives.

Institute of Gerontology, $264,000, New York State Health Care Foundation, for the evaluation of the expansion of mental health and substance abuse services to persons over 60 in the North Country.

New York State Social Work Education Consortium, $3.2 million, NYS Office of Children and Family Services, to promote research and stabilization of the public sector child welfare workforce.

Center for Innovation in Mental Health Research, $100,000, Charitable Leadership Foundation, for continued evaluation and development of replication plans for the enhanced supported housing intervention model for homeless adults and families with psychiatric disabilities.

New Scholarship Endowments

The School awarded over 40 scholarships and made continued progress toward its fundraising goal of $3 million in endowments.

Donors established four new endowments: the Nola R. Hooper Scholarship; Kathryn Zox '83 Scholarship Endowment; Charlotte and Charles Buchanan Endowed Scholarship for a Capital Region Sponsor-A Scholar Program; and Hillside House Endowed Scholarship in honor of Dr. Frank J. Filippone '41, '48.