Faculty News

Profiles in Leadership: FSU social work dean coaches faculty to greater heights

March is National Social Work Month. The FSU College of Social Work, celebrating its 100th anniversary, holds more experience than any other institution in Florida offering social work education and was the first in the world to offer a Master’s in Social Work through an accredited online program. Below FSU Social Work Dean Jim Clark shares his vision for the future of the college. 

FSU Forges Partnership with East China University of Science and Technology

Florida State University recently met with a delegation from East China University of Science and Technology in an effort to forge a relationship for future research collaboration and student exchanges.

The partnership was initiated by FSU College of Social Work Dean Jim Clark and Professor Amy Ai, who have extensive experience with Chinese scholars in health, trauma and social work.

FSU College of Social Work to Launch Re-entry Initiative with $1M Grant

Florida State University’s College of Social Work will launch an unprecedented research initiative this spring focusing on the re-entry of incarcerated persons into communities.

The initiative will be led by FSU’s new faculty hire, Carrie Pettus-Davis, one of social work’s leading experts in criminal justice and the decarceration of American prisons and jails through policy reform and service innovations.

FSU Social Work Faculty Amp Up International Collaboration and Global Impact in 2017

This year was marked by abundant opportunities for FSU College of Social Work to make new international connections and to develop collaborations on the world stage. Faculty teamed up with partnering universities and colleagues at leading universities from other continents to bring about innovative scholarship, training, and dialogue. Here are some of the highlights of the FSU social work faculty’s efforts in 2017 all over the globe.

Dr. Amy Ai and Other Barbour Scholars Recognized for Excellence

The Barbour Scholarship is a signature program of the University of Michigan (UM). As a Barbour Scholar, FSU College of Social Work Professor Dr. Amy L. Ai and a small group of Barbour Scholars represent women of the highest academic and professional caliber from the countries encompassing the large region extending from Turkey in the west to Japan and the Philippines in the east.

Rosalyn Deckerhoff named first Director of Online Field Education

With the growth of online programs, a continuous challenge remains to constantly improve and innovate. A step in that direction for the FSU College of Social Work will include the establishment of a position to oversee field education for online programs. Associate Teaching Professor Rosalyn Deckerhoff will take on this role starting at the beginning of the spring 2018 semester.

Study: Promising outcomes for trauma-informed treatment for incarcerated women

Dr. Stephen Tripodi has been researching criminal justice issues since he was a doctoral student at The University of Texas at Austin. He started off as a research assistant involved in evaluating an in-prison restorative justice program for incarcerated men who were within six months of release. As FSU, Tripodi has refined his research focus primarily on incarcerated women, the childhood maltreatment experienced by a majority of this population, and the resulting mental health and substance misuse problems that often develop from these experiences.

Critical thinking and civil discourse conference challenges conventional wisdom

In order to create positive change, conventional wisdom often needs to be reconsidered. Are low-carbohydrate diets an effective remedy for obesity? Do patients have a right to self-medicate? Are psychiatric drugs effective over the long term?

The Florida State University College of Social Work will host a daylong conference to explore these questions and more.

Critical Thinking Conference Challenges Conventional Wisdom on Civil Discourse About Social Problems


In order to create positive change, the conventional wisdom often needs to be reconsidered. The Florida State University College of Social Work is changing the conversation by exploring the application of critical thinking and civil discourse to important social issues, including obesity, prescription drugs, mental health, and diversity.