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Aug 10, 2012

CHASS Welcomes New Tenure-Track Faculty

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences welcomes 18 new tenure-track faculty to its ranks. Their research interests range from forensic psychology to the religions of East Asia. Meet these stellar scholars, researchers, and teachers. 

Mar 14, 2012

Dealing with Trauma and its Aftermath

At a time when many families are adjusting to soldiers returning from combat, significant job layoffs, foreclosures on home mortgages, high rates of crime, and interpersonal violence, there is an increased demand for social workers. NC State’s Department of Social Work has increased enrollment in its undergraduate and graduate programs to meet that demand. We are preparing the next generation of practitioners to help people deal with the aftermath of trauma. 

Feb 10, 2012

Giving Voice to Children and Families

Joan Pennell serves as lead guest editor for a special issue of Child Welfare, the country’s leading journal on the topic. The issue, “Taking Child and Family Rights Seriously” highlights family engagement in child welfare, and Pennell is an expert in the topic. Pennell, an NC State professor of social work, directs the Center for Family and Community Engagement. 

Dec 12, 2011

How To Avoid Scams Targeting Older Adults

Research tells us that scams targeting older adults are becoming increasingly prevalent, and can have devastating effects on the finances of seniors and their families. I’ve spoken to researchers at NC State who focus on this issue to get information you can use to help you protect yourself and your loved ones. Public awareness is a… 

Dec 9, 2011

To understand homelessness, social work students sleep outside

Undergraduate social work (BSW) students and friends spent a cold night on NC State's brickyard recently to bring attention to the plight of those who are homeless in Raleigh. 

Oct 26, 2011

New Project Focuses on Education for Children in Foster Care

Dr. Joan Pennell When children are placed in foster care, it often means a disruption in their education, as well as a change in living situation – which can hurt their educational performance. Now NC State researchers from the Department of Social Work are using a federal grant to launch a project designed to improve educational… 

Jul 27, 2011

My Awesome Summer Vacation … in Haiti

Social Work major Krystal Smith (’14) headed for Haiti when exams ended this spring. She spent the summer coordinating volunteer work groups, helping school children learn English, and spending time at a local orphanage. Read about the summer that changed this Park Scholar’s life. 

Jun 9, 2011

CHASS Faculty — Joan Pennell

Professor of Social Work Joan Pennell directs the Center for Family and Community Engagement.  Pennell is an internationally recognized expert in her field, having spent more than 30 years building knowledge about how countries, state, counties, cities and schools can address the dynamics of family violence and the needs of children in these homes.  Her… 

May 17, 2011

CHASS Sponsors Panel at National Conference for Restorative Justice

“Promoting, Implementing, and Expanding Restorative Justice” This June, the third National Conference on Restorative Justice will commence with the shared goal above. Taking place in Raleigh at the Sheraton Hotel, the conference will bring together academics, community leaders, educators, faith leaders, judges, politicians, policy-makers, practitioners, and concerned citizens to explore the use of restorative justice… 

Apr 27, 2011

Study Finds Keys To Working With Latino Church To Fight Domestic Abuse

Latinos are the fastest growing population in the United States and have relatively high rates of domestic violence, coupled with social and linguistic barriers that can make it difficult for Latino families to access relevant social services. But a new study from NC State’s Department of Social Work finds Latino religious leaders willing to help address…