Established in 1942, the College has a special mission to serve the needs of the state for advanced social work education. The College provides professional social work education programs that prepare undergraduate and graduate students for social work practice and doctoral level graduate students for social work leadership, research, and academia.
Social work is a unique profession: rich with meaning, action, and the power to make a positive difference in the world. Social workers are devoted to helping individuals, groups, and families in dealing with a variety of challenges such as abuse, addiction, discrimination, poverty, and more. If this is something that speaks to you, we encourage you to explore the academic programs we offer as well as the research being done by our faculty.
- February 23: I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness. with Austin Channing Brown - Nashville
- February 27: Online BSSW Program Information Session - 7:00pm Eastern
- March 15: MSSW Spring Comprehensive Exam - for those graduating in May
I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness
with Austin Channing Brown
The College of Social Work, through the Social Justice Innovation Initiative, is pleased to announce a special event with Austin Channing Brown. Brown is the author of the bestselling book, I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness.
The event will be on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 11:00am (Central Time) at the Nashville Public Library's Main Library (615 Church Street, Nashville). The event is free and open to the public but registration is requested.
College Launches Online BSSW Program Starting Fall 2019
The College has announced the launch of our newest academic offering: the Online BSSW Program. The Online BSSW Program is specifically designed for transfer students who have earned 60 credit hours and an Associate of Art (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degree from a regionally accredited community college.
All curriculum and program requirements for the Online BSSW Program are identical to those required for the on-campus BSSW Program - but without the requirement to be on campus for classes.
College of Social Work Ranked 25th Among All Public Universities
Several colleges and programs of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville earned recognition from U.S. News & World Report in its 2019 graduate school rankings, which were released March 20. Three of UT's academic colleges are now ranked in the top 30 among public institutions - including the College of Social Work. The College is now ranked 25th among all public universities.
Spotlight on Sunshine Parker 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 -- alumni, 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.
Barbara (Sunshine) Parker is our 55th Grand Challenger whose work addresses the 1st Grand Challenge, "Ensure healthy development for all youth." Since 2015, as the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians established its own Division of Public Health and Human Services, Sunshine Parker has led the creation of a multi-program department that is now staffed with 70 social service professionals. As current Director of the Department, she oversees the Family Safety Program, and its growing network of certified foster care homes, a Domestic Violence Shelter Program, a Child Advocacy Center, and a Juvenile Services Program for juvenile offenders.
College response to acts of hate targeting UT's Jewish community
The faculty and staff of the College of Social Work join with other UTK faculty and staff in deploring and condemning the rise in hateful acts targeting UTK’s Jewish community during the fall semester. Now is an especially important time to draw upon our enduring social work values of respect for the inherent dignity and worth of every person and to continuously strive to end discrimination, oppression, poverty, and other forms of social injustice with respect to race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, and mental or physical ability. At difficult times like these, we must move forward guided by the inspirational words of Nelson Mandela from his 1994 autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom: “No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite."