Dr. Barbara W. Shank Endowed Scholarship
in Social Work
The Barbara W. Shank Endowed Scholarship will provide scholarship support for doctoral students in social work from underrepresented and diverse backgrounds. The St. Catherine University – University of St. Thomas Doctorate in Social Work focuses on education as practice, preparing social work faculty members specifically for university-level teaching and leadership in higher education.
School of Social Work Dean Barbara Shank to Retire After 40 Years by Jordan Osterman, St. Thomas Newsroom, spring 2017
After four decades of teaching and leading the St. Catherine University-University of St. Thomas School of Social Work, Dean Barbara Shank will retire at the end of the 2018 academic year.
Shank will transition out of her position as dean at the end of the 2017 academic year and spend a year on sabbatical compiling and archiving the history of a social work program she has been part of since its beginning.
"I'm very proud of the School of Social Work and what we’ve been able to do," Shank said. "When I came here, there were four of us [faculty members] and 50 students. Now we have 31 [faculty members] and over 600 students. It’s been great to be a part of."
As School of Social Work Director of Marketing and Recruitment Cindy Lorah pointed out, "It’s hard to overstate Barbara's importance to our school." Shank has been a leader of social work education within the program – as well as nationally and internationally – since 1978, when she was one of the founding faculty members of the social work program at St. Catherine. Shank also led the development of the Master's in Social Work degree that began in 1990, and was the founding dean when the program evolved into the School of Social Work in 1996. Shank also oversaw the school's launch of its online doctoral program in 2014 – the first of its kind in the country – and has helped make St. Catherine-St. Thomas one of the premier places in the country for social work education. READ MORE