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2018 Field Education Award Winners

Each spring, the College honors our Field Instructors at an Appreciation Breakfast and presents awards to Field Instructors for excellence in field supervision.. Below is information on this year's honorees in both Knoxville and Nashville.

Nashville

On Friday, April 20, Nashville-area Field Instructors gathered for a breakfast thanking them for their service to the College and its students throughout the past year.

Kim Mallory, Coordinator of Field Education, Nashville MSSW Program and Assistant Professor of Practice greeted our guests, saying, "Our Field Instructors, are the heart of our program, and we just wanted to set aside some time to sincerely thank you all for your service to UT. Having a student can be one of the most rewarding things you can do, but it can also be one of the most challenging and we are so grateful for you commitment to the next generation of social workers. You all train our students to become professional social workers. You inspire them, you model ethics and commitment to the dignity and worth of all people and walk them through the growth of boundaries and the development and redevelopment (and re-development) of self-care plans. We appreciate your extraordinary dedication to our students and all of the time and effort you give. We absolutely could not do this without your partnership and commitment."

In addition to giving us the opportunity to honor excellence in field supervision, the event also offered training to our field instructors. Knoxville faculty member Dr. Freida Herron, DSW, presented training entitled: Passing the Torch - Shaping the Next Generation of Social Workers.

Nashville honorees:

Jenna Pemberton Smith
The Rising Star Award is for a new field instructor who has gone above and beyond to mentor and educate students. MSSW student Allison Forehand, described her experience working with her field instructor, Jenna Pemberton Smith, at the Clinic at Mercury Courts and helped present the Rising Star Award to her. L to R - Jenna Pemberton Smith, Allison Forehand, and Kim Mallory.

Karen Franklin
The Commitment to Service Award recognizes the excellence in field education. This award is given to someone who has given back selflessly to the field of social work in Tennessee and to the University of Tennessee over the years. Jacqlyn Telfer, MSSW student, described her experience working with her field instructor, Karen Franklin at the NASW-Tennessee Chapter. Left, Karen Franklin and Right, Kim Mallory.

Rebeccca Swift
The Field Instructor of the Year Award is one that is difficult to identify because so many do so much for our individual students. This year MSSW student Adrianna Carter described her experience working with her field instructor, Rebecca Swift of Siloam Health. L to R - Rebecca Swift, Adrianna Carter, and Kim Mallory.

 

Knoxville

On May 2 the Knoxville-area Field Liaisons and Instructors gathered for an appreciation breakfast at The Foundry. The College is grateful for those who support our students in the field.

Field education in the BSSW and MSSW programs is a critical and required component of each student's academic program. Students in field placements work under the supervision of experienced social work professionals in a variety of settings to integrate theory, research, and practice.

The event gave us the opportunity to honor excellence in field supervision and to offer training to our field instructors. Rachel Ross, LCSW, and Corey Snyder, MAW presented the training Tennessee ACE Initiative: Interventions and Implications for Social Workers.


Knoxville honorees:

Aaron Davies
(l.to r.) Aaron Davies - BSSW Field Instructor recipient of the 2018 Rising Star Award, Cole Hoffman-BSSW Senior student, and Kim Denton, Coordinator of Field Education, BSSW Program and Assistant Professor of Practice. Aaron is a social worker with Helen Ross McNabb.


Kelly Adkins
(l. to r.) Kim Denton - Coordinator of Field Education, BSSW Program and Assistant Professor of Practice, Ashlie Seibers - BSSW senior, and Kelly Adkins - BSSW Field Instructor and recipient of the 2018 Rising Star Award. Kelly is a social worker with the Tennessee Department of Children's Services.


Mary Lawrence
(l. to r.) Christy Hickman - Coordinator of Field Education, Knoxville MSSW Program and Assistant Professor of Practice, and Mary Lawrence - MSSW Field Instructor and recipient of the 2018 Rising Star Award. Mary is a social worker with Health Connect America.


Kristina Boles
(l to r) Kim Denton-Coordinator of Field Education, BSSW Program and Assistant Professor of Practice, Caroline Cullum-BSSW senior, and Kristina Boles - 2018 BSSW Field Instructor of the Year. Kristina Boles is a school social worker with Knox Co Schools.


Kristina Boles
(l. to r.) Christy Hickman - Coordinator of Field Education, Knoxville MSSW Program and Assistant Professor of Practice, Monica Stedman - MSSW student, and Jan Cagle - 2018 MSSW Field Instructor of the Year. Jan is a social worker with Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services.

 

Field Practice links:

Potential Field Placement Sites

BSSW Field Manual, Forms, & Resources

MSSW Field Manual, Forms, & Resources

Field Instructor Frequently Asked Questions

IPT: Intern Placement Tracking

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