UST Women's History Project, "Women's Work: Women in Leadership in Social Work"

“Women’s Work: Women in Leadership in Social Work,” video project focused on three prominent women leaders: Dr. Barbara Shank, Dr. Angeline Barretta-Herman and Dr. Janice Andrews-Schenk.

While the University of St. Thomas has only been a co-educational institution since 1977, women have played important leadership roles throughout the life of the University. In 2014 the University of St. Thomas Women Faculty Leadership Council put forth a call for proposals to document these women leaders through the University’s history and their contributions to its success. In October of 2014, the School of Social Work was awarded the UST Women’s History Project Grant for the project, "Women’s Work: Women in Leadership in Social Work.” This video project documents the long-held leadership roles that women have played in the School of Social Work at the University of St. Thomas; specifically focused on three prominent women leaders: Dr. Barbara Shank, Dr. Angeline Barretta-Herman and Dr. Janice Andrews-Schenk (pictured above).

As a historically male-orientated institution, the impact of women in leadership at the University of St. Thomas is noteworthy. Traditionally, the profession of social work has had far more women than men in its ranks. However, leadership in social work has been male dominated, with few women serving as agency administrators, professors and deans of schools of social work. The School of Social Work at the University of St. Thomas did not follow this trend. Since its inception in the late 1960’s, the Social Work program at the University of St. Thomas and St. Catherine University has been led by women throughout its development from a small undergraduate major to the comprehensive, successful and influential School of Social Work that now offers degrees at the Baccalaureate, Masters and Doctorate levels.

The videos and companion article were completed in October, 2015. We are proud to share these three videos and the companion article authored by Carey Winkler and Dr. Sarah Ferguson. Special thanks to Carey Winkler for her amazing leadership on this project!

Video Links

Two Universities – One Mission: The History of the School of Social Work»

A Builder and a Visionary—Dean Barbara Shank»

Women Leaders in the School of Social Work»
• An International Perspective – Dr. Angeline Barretta-Herman
• A Radical Social Worker and Scholar – Dr. Janice Andrews-Schenk


Companion Article: Women's Work: Women in Leadership in Social Work»
by Carey Winkler and Sarah Ferguson