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The College of Social Work's Graduate Program is Ranked 22nd Among All Public Universities by US News and World Report

Several colleges and programs of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville earned recognition from U.S. News & World Report in its 2020 graduate school rankings. We are excited that the College of Social Work rose three positions from the 2019 rankings. The College is now ranked 22nd among all public universities. More

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Clinical Social Work

  • Licensed Therapist
  • Behavioral Health Consulting
  • Marriage/Family Counsuling
  • Veterinary Social Worker

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Non-Profit Leader

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College Launches Online BSSW Program Starting Fall 2019

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The College has announced the launch of our newest academic offering: the Online BSSW Program. The 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.


Sunshine Parker and the Grand Challenges for Social Work

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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 Twelve 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."




College Announces Final Candidates for Dean Search

Interviews are currently being scheduled with four finalists in the search for the next dean of the College of Social Work. The search is being chaired by Theresa Lee, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences.

Tentative candidate schedule:

  • Lori Messinger, PhD: February 25-26
  • Scott Rutledge, PhD: March 4-5
  • Cathleen Lewandowski, PhD: March 6-7
  • Sara Sanders, PhD: April 4-5

More information on each candidate may be viewed on the Dean Search page

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Nashville Campus Advanced Standing Orientation
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Knoxville Campus Advanced Standing Orientation
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