Research in social work is important for many reasons. Research is used to evaluate the effectiveness of the practice in which social workers engage and the programs they implement. Development of new knowledge, policies and programs often result from research efforts.
Faculty members in the Department of Social Work often work together and/or with students as they engage in research efforts. Diversity has been the area of these efforts for the past two years. In 2008-2009 and fall 2010 a series of studies was conducted to evaluate inclusion of diverse students, course content that reflects the realities of diverse populations, the overall department climate for diverse students, and how our students experienced JMU’s campus in relationship to issues of inclusion.
During this next year the findings of the studies will be disseminated at professional conferences and among the department’s various constituencies. Curricular revisions will be implemented with a commitment to evaluate their effectiveness at the year’s end. Additionally, faculty and students will continue their research efforts in this area as appropriate.