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Third candidate for dean of Social Welfare to present Monday

Friday, April 21, 2017

LAWRENCE — Daphne Cain, associate professor and chair of the Department of Social Work at the University of Mississippi, will make a public presentation Monday, April 24, as a candidate for dean of the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas.

Cain is the third of four candidates for the position who will make public presentations during their respective campus visits. Her talk will be at 2:30 p.m. in the Jayhawk Room of the Kansas Union.

Her areas of research expertise include disaster mental health, parenting interventions with high-risk and vulnerable families, religion/spirituality and social work practice, and child welfare training. She has written or co-written numerous journal articles and currently serves on editorial boards of two professional journals.

At Mississippi, Cain oversaw development of the doctoral program in social welfare. The department has also seen increases in grants, peer-reviewed articles and conference presentations during her tenure. From 2001 to 2014, prior to joining the University of Mississippi, Cain held various academic appointments and leadership roles at Louisiana State University. She served as interim director and associate professor of the School of Social Work at Louisiana State from 2012 to 2014. Her professional experience also includes work in marriage and family therapy in private practice and in agencies.

Cain received her doctorate in social work from the University of Tennessee, a master’s of social work from East Carolina University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from North Carolina State University.

The dean of social welfare search committee, led by Stephen Mazza, dean of the School of Law, invites students, faculty and staff to attend the presentations and provide feedback of their impressions. Each candidate will prepare a presentation on the topic: “The Social Work Profession in 2027 and the Role of Schools of Social Work in Preparing for It.” 

The university will release information about each candidate roughly 48 hours before the candidate’s visit. Additional candidates are scheduled to appear:

  • Candidate 4 presentation: 2:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 26, Centennial Room, Kansas Union.

Previous candidate information is available here.

All candidate presentations will be recorded and available for viewing online after the final candidate has appeared on campus. Evaluations of all candidates are due by 5 p.m. May 3.

Ranked in the top 20 nationally, the School of Social Welfare is an innovator in social work theory development and in research that makes positive contributions to communities. The school is the most established social welfare program in the state of Kansas and the only program to offer degrees at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. In addition to the Lawrence campus, the school offers instruction and outreach in the Kansas City metropolitan area as well as Western Kansas through Fort Hays State University and Garden City Community College.

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