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The University of Tennessee College of Social Work:

Mission: Grounded in social justice, we equip professional social workers with the skills needed to serve diverse and vulnerable populations. We build knowledge by conducting groundbreaking research that focuses on solving social problems. We engage with our communities through meaningful service.

Vision: We envision a socially just world that prioritizes the needs of the most vulnerable.

Spotlight on Nancy Meyer-Adams and the Grand Challenges for Social Work

In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the founding of the UT College of Social Work, we are honoring 75 social workers—alums, faculty, staff, and others—whose work and lives exemplify the 12 Grand Challenges that have been identified by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.

The twenty-fourth grand challenger is Dr. Nancy Meyer-Adams, Director of the School of Social Work at California State University, Long Beach.  She received her PhD in social work with a specialty in school social work at The University of Tennessee College of Social Work in 2002. The focus of her dissertation research was the effects of school bullying on the culture and climate of middle schools in urban communities. Nancy Meyer-Adams

Dr. Meyer-Adams joined the faculty of California State University, Long Beach School of Social Work in the summer of 2005 where she has been recognized with the Most Valuable Professor award for four years (2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012) and with a College of Health and Human Services Community Service Award in 2010. She began as Director of the School of Social Work in the Fall, 2014.


Dr.Meyer-Adams is working to fulfill the goals of Social Work Challenge #6 - Ending Homelessness. CSULB School of Social Work was chosen as one of 6 Regional Hubs in the country of the National Center of Excellence in Homeless Services. It is recognized for consistently demonstrating a commitment to homelessness services, including providing options for field placements in homeless service agencies and offering a specialized advanced practice elective covering interventions with homeless populations.

Meyer-Adams is an active member of the Western Consortium of Grand Challenges in Social Work and presented on homelessness at a recent conference in Portland as well as at the Network for Social Work Management conference in NY in June.


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