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SSWAA member Andy Frey, receives honor at University of Louisville

Thursday, June 11, 2009


 The first year social work associate professor Andy Frey taught at the University of Louisville, his students were so impressed with his teaching style that they wanted to recognize him with an award. When they found that Kent School did not have one, they created the Student Association Award for outstanding faculty and made Frey the first recipient that year.

Eight years after Frey received his first teaching award at UofL, he is one of the recipients of the universitywide 2009 Distinguished Faculty Award for full-time teaching.
"He rocks," said Tara Schapmire, a doctoral student and research assistant in the Kent School of Social Work, who supported Frey's nomination for the DFA."He expects a lot from his students while simultaneously giving a lot back," she said. "He has a good heart and he is a good listener.
"One of the things that stands out about Andy right away is how much he actually cares about students as people," she continued. "He respects them as individuals who can teach him something"
Frey's nominators describe him as passionate and enthusiastic about teaching. "I just love the content that I'm generally teaching," Frey said. "I love (social work) and it's very exciting to prepare people to do similar work."
Frey came to the academic world from a career as a school social worker and school behavioral consultant in Colorado.
Having that background and continuing "to keep a foot" in the practical world of social work as a mental health consultant to Jefferson County Public Schools make a big difference in his classroom instruction, Frey said.
In addition to bringing a current, real-world perspective to the classroom, Frey also integrates research into his teaching to help students make the link between between the research and practice aspects of social work.

Since he has been at UofL, Frey has created a specialization in school social work which includes working with the College of Education and Human Development. To date, more than 70 students have received the master of science in social work degree concurrently with a certificate as a professional school social worker from the Education Professions Standards Board, according to his nominators.
Frey also teaches future social work teachers in a class called Teaching in Social Work. The experience, he said, has shaped his own teaching.

Receiving the DFA is a "huge, huge honor" Frey said. "It has reinvigorated my passion for teaching and reminded me that it is something that I'm good at. You can never have that happen often enough."

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