News

2024


February

Employment Opportunity: Per Course Instructors

The School of Social Work invites applications from individuals interested in teaching as per course instructors for the spring 2024 semester.

Deadline to Apply

March 1, 2024, is the deadline to apply for Memorial's Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) program for fall 2024 admission. 

January

Employment Opportunity

Student Services Coordinator, School of Social Work and the Indigenous Student Resource Centre

SSWR Conference

Faculty member Dr. Ami Goulden will be presenting research at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) 28th Annual Conference being held in Washington DC, January 10-14, 2024. 

Search on for Dean

Memorial University seeks a visionary and dynamic leader to serve as Dean of the School of Social Work. 

2023


December

President's Award for Exceptional Community Service

Congratulations to our interim dean, Dr. Sulaimon Giwa, on being awarded the 2023 President's Award for Exceptional Community Service. Bravo, Dr. Giwa! 

November

Employment Opportunities

Memorial University’s School of Social Work is currently seeking qualified applicants to fill two positions with the Field Education Team. 

School of Social Work Welcomes Banting Postdoctoral Fellow

Dr. Nicole Schott joins Memorial University's School of Social Work as a Banting postdoctoral fellow. 

Award-winning Poster

Congratulations to School of Social Work PhD student and instructor Kristen Hynes, RSW, on winning the Best Student Poster (Humanities) at the 24th Aldrich Multidisciplinary Conference! 

October

Award-Winning Manuscript

Congratulations to School of Social Work faculty member Ami Goulden, on winning the 2023 Disability Manuscript Award.  

Interested in Teaching with the School of Social Work?

We are inviting applications from individuals interested in teaching in the Winter 2024 semester. 

For more information, please see the Winter 2024 Per Course Teaching Advertisement and the Winter 2024 Per Course Teaching Application Form.

September

Interim dean receives prestigious honour

Dr. Sulaimon Giwa, interim dean and associate professor, School of Social Work, has been elected to the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists (RSC) — one of the nation’s highest scholarly honours. 

Dr. Giwa is recognized worldwide for his community-engaged research in forensic social work, race and sexuality, and the effects of structural racism on racialized and LGBTQ people. 

August

Welcome!

Orientation for new Bachelor of Social Work students takes place Tuesday, Sept. 5. Undergraduate classes at Memorial begin Wednesday, Sept. 6. 

2022


July

June

Dr. Sobia Shaikh receives SSHRC grant for Intersectionalities journal

Dr. Shaikh was awarded $53,250 from SSHRC’s Aid to Scholarly Journals grants.

Congratulations to our BSW and MSW grads

Congratulations to our BSW and MSW grads from previous years who are attending their postponed convocation ceremony today! 

Social Work Alumna Awarded Prestigious Scholarship

Congratulations to Memorial’s School of Social Work alumna Christine Peddle (BSW 2016, BA 2013) on being awarded the Canada Graduate Scholarships-Master’s (CGS M).

National Indigenous Peoples Day

Join us as we celebrate! 

Congrats new BSWs!

Congratulations to our bachelor of social work spring graduates! 

School of Social Work graduate students honoured

Congratulations to our graduate students who were honoured at Memorial’s recent Graduate Awards Ceremony!

Congrats new MSWs!

Congratulations to our master of social work spring graduates!

May

March

Congratulations Dr. Adjei

Dr. Paul Banahene Adjei was named one of the Most Inspiring Immigrants in Atlantic Canada in 2022.

Social Work Month Presentations (virtual)

March 28th - Dr. Stephen Ellenbogen

March 29th - Dr. Kathy de Jong

March 31st - Dr. Sulaimon Giwa

Congratulations Dr. Bren LeFrancois

Congratulations to Dr. Bren LeFrancois on receiving the University Research Professor Award!

February

Black History Month Presentation

To celebrate Black History Month, the School of Social Work’s Equity and Diversity Committee presents: “Our Struggle is the Struggle of Memory against Forgetfulness’: Blacks and Canada’s History”.

February is Black History Month

Honouring the legacy of Black Canadians and their communities

January

Graduate student receives $105,000.00 scholarship

Congratulations to PhD student Siham Elkassem!

COVID-19 update

Winter term information

2021


December

Life with COVID-19 in NL

Dealing with another COVID-19 variant

October

School members mourn loss of alumnus

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Andrew Harvey's family, friends and colleagues

New Interim Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Research

Dr. Gail Wideman is the School of Social Work's new Interim Associate Dean, Graduate Programs and Research.

Holding Dr. Janet Fitzpatrick in our thoughts and prayers

Dr. Janet Fitzpatrick reported missing

New Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs

School welcomes Dr. Sulaimon Giwa as new Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs

September

WELCOME!

Welcome to all our new students and to our returning students!

August

Dr. Delores Mullings appointed vice-provost (equity, diversity, and inclusion)

School excited to congratulate Dr. Mullings on new appointment!

July

New interim dean appointed

Dr. Paul Banahene Adjei appointed new interim dean

June

Announcing the new Bachelor of Social Work, Nunavut Cohort, degree program

New program starting in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut in September

May

Anti-racism statements

Did you know ... ?

The School of Social Work has committed to actions that can be found in our Anti-Black Racism and Anti-Indigenous Racism statements. 

March

Happy National Social Work Month!

The 2021 theme is: Social Work is Essential

 

 

Moving Towards Decolonization, Reconciliation, and Indigenization

School commits to actions in newly-released Anti-Indigenous Racism Statement

Happy International Women's Day!

"Choose to Challenge" is the 2021 International Women's Day theme.

February

Life with COVID-19 in NL

There are many resources available to help us all cope during these trying times.

Discussing Black History Month on Out of the Fog

Dr. Paul Banahene Adjei discusses Black History Month on Out of the Fog.

Black History Month presentation

Join us for a presentation to celebrate Black History Month

January

Valued donors help recognize academic success

Thank you to our donors and congratulations to our scholarship, award and bursary winners!

Retirement News

Dr. Shelly Birnie-Lefcovitch is moving on to new adventures.

2020


November

Conversation with the president

Dr. Paul Adjei chats with Dr. Vianne Timmons

 

Centre for Social Enterprise launches NL's first incubator for businesses that focus on social impact

School of Social Work’s partner, the Centre for Social Enterprise, launches The Social Ventures Incubator

October

Congratulations to our fall 2020 MSW graduates

Interim Dean Heather Hair applauds new graduates on behalf of the school

September

New Interim Associate Deans Appointed

Dr. Paul Banahene Adjei and Dr. Delores Mullings have been appointed Interim Associate Dean of graduate programs and Interim Associate Dean of undergraduate programs, respectively.

Equity, diversity and inclusion

Social work professor co-authors op-ed to help deepen understanding of and offer a shared language for EDI at Memorial University.

Welcome to our newest students!

The School is excited to welcome our newest cohorts!

August

Update on PAS/FAL grades for Fall 2020

For the Fall 2020 term and beyond, all BSW and MSW social work courses (SCWK) will NOT offer a PAS or FAL as an option. All final grades will be a numeric value.

 

July

Appointment of interim dean

Dr. Heather Hair has been appointed interim dean of the School of Social Work

Anti-Black Racism Statement

School commits to anti-Black racism actions

June

20 Questions with Dr. Sulaimon Giwa

Check out The Telegram's 20 Questions with critical race scholar Dr. Sulaimon Giwa

School welcomes new field education coordinator

Welcome to Lynsey Soper-Thistle!

Anti-Racism and Anti-Black Racism

Members of the School of Social Work speak out and join forces on anti-racism and anti-Black racism

Has COVID-19 disrupted your sleep patterns?

SaferMedsNL (facilitated through MUN Pharmacy) has developed a sleeping pill public awareness campaign that highlights how COVID-19 has disrupted our sleep habits.

May

Memorial hosts live virtual event to celebrate Class of 2020

You're invited to Memorial's Hat's Off! Facebook live virtual event to celebrate you!

Virtual job search strategies workshop

Join virtual workshop May 20, 2020.

April

School announces new dean of record

Dr. Sean Cadigan has been appointed as the new dean of record for the School of Social Work.

March

COVID-19 Information

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March is National Social Work Month in Canada

The March 2020 theme is: United by Diversity, Strengthened by Inclusion

February

Exchange 2020 Conference

Building student and community research capacity

School mourns loss of one of our students

One of our 2nd degree BSW students has passed away.

January

School mourns the loss of Ms. Marjory (Campbell) Macdiarmid

Ms. Marjory (Campbell) Macdiarmid made a huge contribution to Memorial’s School of Social Work and to many future social workers.  

2019


December

Field education team news

Field education team welcomes new members

November

New faculty

Welcome to our newest faculty member, Karun Karki!

School honours newest Professional Associates

Three new Professional Associates honoured at recent Field Education Recognition event

October

Congratulations to our MSW grads!

Record number of master of social work (MSW) students graduating at one time!

September

New Research Exchange Group focuses on bonds between people and animals

Dr. Gail Wideman co-convenes group that collaborates with academics, health and community partners and people with lived experience to explore how the bonds between people and animals affect the health and well-being of both. 

Dr. Dennis Kimberley designated professor emeritus

Honour to be bestowed during Memorial's fall convocation.

Welcome new BSW students!

Thrilled to be meeting our new bachelor of social work students!

July

Inter-generational Social Work Stories

We're proud to help share the inspiring stories of our alumni and their family members who are also Memorial School of Social Work alumni (or soon-to-be!) 

Where are They Now?

Dr. Frank Hawkins is the newest addition to our Where are They Now? series. 

June

Annual Scholarships, Awards & Celebration of Student Success Ceremony

Congratulations to all our students who were celebrated at the Annual Scholarships, Awards & Celebration of Student Success Ceremony held recently at the Bruneau Centre.

May

Welcome new PhD students!

Nine new PhD students were on campus for a meet and greet as they begin their program.

School mourns the loss of Dr. Frank Turner

Dr. Turner, social work educator and academic, passed away on Saturday, April 27.

March

School mourns alumna Dana Brothers

The School of Social Work shares in the grief of Dana Brothers’ family and friends.

January

Chief Mi'sel Joe visits

The School of Social Work, in partnership with the Aboriginal Resource Office, is excited to launch the Visiting Aboriginal Elders Pilot Project!

 

 

2018


December

Interim dean appointed

Dr. Ross Klein has been appointed interim dean of the School of Social Work effective Jan. 1, 2019, until a permanent dean is appointed.

Minister makes special statement in House of Assembly recognizing School of Social Work

Minister Dempster recognizes 50 years of professional social work education

November

Canadian Association of Social Work Education visit

CASWE President and Executive Director meet with School of Social Work members 

Congratulations to our graduate students!

Fourteen MSW students and two PhD students graduated during Memorial's fall convocation

Dean of School of Social Work to lead Memorial's student portfolio

Dr. Donna Hardy Cox has been chosen for the role of Memorial’s associate vice-president (academic) students

October

School announces first Professional Associates

Very first field instructors named Professional Associates of the School of Social Work.

 

School excited to announce new Professional Associate appointments

Opportunity to be appointed as Professional Associates with Memorial University

 

Happy Retirement Dr. Mike Devine!

Off to new adventures!

September

Addressing Islamophobia

Addressing Islamophobia in NL conference this weekend

August

Sharron Callahan earns Alumni Tribute Award!

Outstanding Community Service Award

School of Social Work excited to welcome new faculty members

Three new assistant professors will be joining us prior to the September 2018 academic year.

June

50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!

In 2018, the School of Social Work at Memorial University of Newfoundland celebrates its 50th Anniversary of Professional Social Work Education. Join us to celebrate this great milestone and learn about the legacy left behind!

May

Honorary Doctor of Laws Awarded

Prof. Marion Bogo receives honorary Doctor of Laws, honoris causa at Memorial's spring convocation.

Scholarships and Awards Ceremony

Celebrating excellence at the School of Social Work

March

Community Social Justice Learning

Come see what students have created in conjunction with community!

March is National Social Work Month

Bringing change to life

January

Conversations at MUN to Remember January 29 and to Act Against Islamophobia

Join in on discussions and to remember the worshipers killed and injured during the 2017 terrorist attack in Quebec City.

Happy New Year!

Exciting year ahead as School celebrates 50th anniversary of professional social work education!

2017


December

Drop-in Counselling Program Successfully Completes Pilot Project

The Right Here, Right Now Drop-In Counselling Initiative, a partnership between the St. John’s Status of Women Council/Women’s Centre and the School of Social Work, today releases a comprehensive evaluation of their innovative pilot program.

Congratulations Dr. Kimberley!

Congratulations to Dr. Dennis Kimberley, retiring after 32 years of service to Memorial and to the School of Social Work.

 

 

September

Welcome new BSW's!

The school is thrilled to welcome 59 new BSW students this fall!

 

 

May

Congrats spring grads!

So proud of all of our spring graduates!

Centre for Social Enterprise officially launched!

The Centre for Social Enterprise, a campus-wide centre led by a partnership between the Faculty of Business Administration, the School of Social Work and the School of Music, was officially launched on May 25 on Memorial's St. John's campus.

 

April

March

Welcome to our new website!

We are excited to finally launch our new, modern responsive website!

 

March is National Social Work Month

Social workers help people, families and communities across the country create real change around real life issues. Every year in March, Canada celebrates the important contributions of these social justice professionals.