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Gary Lee Shaffer Award for Academic Contributions to the Field of School Social Work: 2014
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2014 Awardee: Dr. Carol Massat

March 21, 2014

On behalf of SSWAA, the Gary Lee Shaffer Award for Academic Contributions to the Field of School Social Work was presented to Dr. Carol Massat  Ph.D., ACSW, Professor and Director of Indiana University School of Social Work  at South Bend, by Mrs. Denise Shaffer.

"It is a singular honor to receive the Gary Shaffer Award, one that I certainly never expected to receive. I am so honored to be recognized by (the) School Social Work Association of America. But this award is not about me. It is about the legacy of Gary Shaffer who never stopped fighting for the principled and passionate practice of school social work, and who continuously advocated for the care and well-being of children."  "this honor is not only about the well-known and the prominent leaders of school social work. It is about the tireless work of school social workers on behalf of children and families. It is about those children and those families.Read Carol's Entire Inspiring Acceptance Speech 

Dr. Carol Rippey Massat, completed her MSW and doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and served on the Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago faculty for 21 years. Prior to beginning doctoral study, Dr. Massat carried out ten years of professional social work experience in child welfare, and mental health settings. While at UIC Dr. Massat won the prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award, a university wide achievement. She received several funded grants and was elected Presiding Officer of the UIC Faculty Senate. Dr. Massat served as the national Standards and Practices Chair of the School Social Work Association of America. She currently serves on the Board of the Illinois Association of School Social Workers. Dr. Massat has published an edited book, books for children in foster care, and numerous journal articles. Her research and scholarship have focused on parenting and on school social work issues. Dr. Massat has been invited twice to present on the topic of school social work at Osaka Prefecture University, Osaka Japan, most recently in February of 2012, and she has hosted Japanese scholars. Since joining the Indiana University School of Social Work Dr. Massat wrote a proposal that led to the approval of a BSW program for the South Bend campus. She is actively recruiting students into that program. She co-taught the Comparative Health Care class at Peking University in the summer of 2012 and currently teaches the Foundation Research Course in South Bend. 

 "All of you teach me every day to live life with courage, with passion and with the belief that we can change ourselves. We can change our schools. We can change our world.."


Carol Sebian, Chris Ahlman, Carol Massat, Randy Fisher, Ellie Zoerink & Rosemary O'Connor




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