Stephen F. Austin State University
- School of Social Work
From the Director
Greetings and Welcome to the School of Social Work!
It is a great privilege to serve as Director/Associate Dean of the School of Social Work (SSW) at Stephen F. Austin State University. The School s mission is to prepare competent and effective social workers committed to generalist and advanced generalist practice who are able to respond to the needs of rural communities and to people with rural lifestyles. The School is committed to academic excellence and diversity across its various programs and is engaged in promoting individual, family, and community empowerment through its involvement in a variety of initiatives and programs.
Throughout this site, you will find many examples of what makes the SSW a unique academic unit in the institution. Our faculty s influence on the profession of social work and the field of social welfare has been historical, and continues to be, far-reaching and enduring in rural social work. SSW students are extraordinarily talented and deeply committed to social welfare issues. And SSW graduates are exactly the leaders and innovators we need working in the public and no-profit sectors.
Thank you for your interest in the School of Social Work, and I hope the information provided on this website will assist you in gaining additional insights into our various programs.
Freddie L. Avant
Director and Associate Dean
The School of Social Work
Since the initial stages of development of the BSW program, many changes have occurred including changes in the University s mission, achievement of School status for the social work programs, and the creation of a School mission. The mission, which has been shaped, refined and approved by School of Social Work faculty truly reflects the history and future of the School of Social Work at Stephen F. Austin State University. The mission is as follows:
The mission of the School of Social Work at Stephen F. Austin State University is to prepare competent and effective professional social workers committed to generalist and advanced generalist practice and able to respond to the needs of rural communities and to the challenges faced by people with rural lifestyles. The School is committed to providing leadership for the region, particularly in identifying and addressing community needs and issues, including those related to the alleviation of poverty and oppression within the context of rurality, cultural diversity and social and economic justice. In support of its educational endeavors, the school is dedicated to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship, life long learning and community service.