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.
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 Kim Page 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.
Our 52nd Grand Challenger is Kim Page, who is a crisis counselor and licensed therapist with the Metropolitan Police Department’s Domestic Violence Division, offering crisis intervention, counseling, and court support for victims of domestic violence and any non-perpetrating family members. As October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are pleased to recognize that Kim is the 2018 recipient of Outstanding Advocate of the Year award from the Nashville Coalition Against Domestic Violence. During her career, she has worked to address the goals of Grand Challenge #3: "Stopping Domestic Violence".