Dean Shank inducted into the NASW Social Work Pioneers

October 21, 2015
Barbara Shank, Dean and Professor, St. Kate's - St. Thomas School of Social Work

‌Barbara Shank, professor and dean of the St. Catherine University – University of St. Thomas School of Social Work, was one of 12 recently named Social Work Pioneers by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). The NASW Foundation announced 12 new NASW Social Work Pioneers® who, along with six who were selected in December 2014, were officially recognized during NASW's 60th anniversary celebration on Oct. 23 in Washington, D.C. They are: Mimi Abramovitz, DSW, MSW; Ronald Aldridge, PhD, MSW; Jeane Anastas, MSW, PhD; Frances Coyle Brennan, LCSW, ACSW; Chia-Chia Chien, MSW, MPH; Elizabeth (Betsy) Clark, PhD, ACSW, MPH; Vilona P. Cutler, MSW, PhD; Anita S. Harbert, MSW, PhD; Hortense King McClinton, MSW; Alex J. Norman, DSW, MSW; Renè Robichaux, DSW; and Barbara Wenstrom Shank, MSW, PhD.

As stated by the NASW Foundation:

NASW Pioneers are social workers who have explored new territories and built outposts for human services on many frontiers. Some are well known; others less famous outside their immediate colleagues and the region where they live and work. But each has made an important contribution to the social work profession and to social policies through service, teaching, writing, research, program development, administration, or legislation.

All of these social workers are honored in the NASW Pioneer Room in our national office in Washington, DC. The pioneers have prepared the way for thousands of other social workers to make their contributions to the betterment of the human condition. They are all role models for future generations of social workers.

More information about the NASW Pioneers can be found on the NASW Foundation webpage»

Dean Shank's Pioneer Qualifications

Dean Barbara Shank as Super Social WorkerExcerpt from NASW Foundation Pioneer website:

Dr. Barbara Wenstrom Shank emerged as an early pioneer in developing the principles of BSW generalist practice, defining the nature of the BSW curriculum, and emphasizing the person in environment construct underpinning social work practice. She is an advocate for accreditation standards on all levels of social work education. As an educational leader, Dr. Shank has constantly explored innovations that will provide access to professional social work education, including out-reach programs in underserved rural areas and an innovative on-line doctoral program focused on teaching which has attracted students from many states.

Read Dean Shank’s full NASW Social Work Pioneer profile»

Congratulations to Dean Shank on this tremendous honor!