Jeanne Marsh named Dean of the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration
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Jeanne Marsh named Dean of the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration


Jeanne Marsh

Jeanne Marsh, one of the nation’s leading experts on the development and evaluation of social services for children and families, has been named Dean of the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. She has served during the past year as Acting Dean and was Dean from 1988 to 1998.

Marsh, the George Herbert Jones Professor in the School of Social Service Administration, focuses her research on substance abuse, service delivery, social program and policy evaluation, and knowledge utilization in practice, as well as program decision making. She uses theories of organizations and social processes to identify effective social treatment for women and families.

President Don Michael Randel said, “I am delighted to announce that Jeanne Marsh has accepted a five-year term as Dean of the School of Social Service Administration, beginning July 1, 2005. Jeanne's deep experience and dedication to the mission of SSA make her an especially appropriate choice. The Provost and I look forward to working with Jeanne in the coming years to achieve the School’s goals in research and education.”

Marsh said, “I’m thrilled to be returning to the post of Dean. My long association with the School provides me with the perspective and understanding of what SSA can accomplish as it approaches its centennial year in 2008.

“Social work tackles society’s most difficult problems, from drug abuse and immigration to school reform and teen pregnancy,” Marsh said. “It takes an enormous amount of discipline and compassion, coupled with groundbreaking research, to both understand and help solve these problems. We at SSA are especially well-placed to carry forward our mission to provide the highest level of scholarship to our students and service to our communities.”

She continued that as Dean, she has several objectives for SSA: Human capital development, to ensure that the social work profession attracts the smartest and most dedicated people who are up to the challenge of handling society’s pressing social problems; intellectual capital development, to invigorate interdisciplinary research so that the search for answers to persistent social issues can be found; and productive collaborations, to build bridges between University knowledge and the community so that the theory and the practice of helping vulnerable populations continues to improve.

In addition to examining ways to expand the research and teaching facilities of the School, Marsh hopes to help prospective social work professionals obtain the best education for the work at SSA through increased financial aid and by exploring loan forgiveness options. With its teaching and research space at capacity, the Dean hopes to address the School's capital needs to also accommodate community groups in a new facility adjacent to SSA's iconic Mies van der Rohe building.

Marsh has had a distinguished career both as a social work researcher and a social worker. The National Association of Social Workers honored Marsh in 1997 with the Award for Excellence in Social Work Research.

From 1998 to 2002, she served as chair of the Council on Social Work Education Commission on Education Policy, where she helped to develop policies and standards to guide the accreditation of all professional social work schools and programs in the United States. She currently serves as editor of the journal SOCIAL WORK disseminated to 150,000 social workers around the world.

Marsh received a B.A. in psychology in 1969, from Michigan State University and received her M.S.W. in 1972, and a Ph.D. in social work and psychology in 1975, from the University of Michigan. She joined the University faculty in 1978. From 1987 to 1988, she was a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics.
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