DIANA R. GARLAND SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK
HIGHLIGHTING COMPELLING SCHOLARSHIP
Research in the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work seeks to answer some of the world’s most pressing problems, tackling topics from trauma in children to cultural diversity in congregations. The work here supports Baylor’s academic plan known as Illuminate: “accelerating Baylor’s climb toward academic preeminence, including research excellence.” The school has five initiatives, eight research clusters, newly formed trans-disciplinary collaboratives in mental health and aging, and one center (reimagined)—the Center for Church and Community Impact.
We seek to advance the inclusion of social work’s ethical responsibility to their clients by increasing awareness around cultural competency and social diversity. firstname.lastname@example.org
GLOBAL MISSION LEADERSHIP
We bring global Christian leaders to Baylor to study in our master’s program who commit to return to their home countries as a catalyst for community transformation. We focus on servant leadership, character, strategic thinking and advocacy. email@example.com
We focus on providing preparation and leadership for trauma-informed practice, domestically and globally, and research that evaluates practice, including EMDR. firstname.lastname@example.org
GERONTOLOGY CONGREGATIONAL SOCIAL WORK
We desire to train students to conduct congregational research, support congregational social work and strengthen community transformation initiatives in their communities. email@example.com
We focus on improving quality of life for older persons and their families developing practical models for the well-being of older persons, their families, residential care environments, congregations and communities. firstname.lastname@example.org
FUNDING PARTNERS HELP CHANGE LIVES
The Diana R. Garland School of Social Work owes its success and service opportunities in part to the dedicated donors partnering with its mission. This year, 208 donors chose to partner with the GSSW by investing in the work of the School, giving more than $5.1 million. Some gifts supported current projects and scholarships and others established endowments, which provide sustainable support for the School. These gifts allow the GSSW to not only function on a daily basis, but also hire qualified professors, provide scholarship and grant opportunities to both BSW and MSW students, fund social service initiatives within the local community, and conduct research to improve and inform practice. This year, the GSSW is privileged to have a new partnership with Truett Seminary, through the establishment of the Lake Family Endowed Chair in Congregational and Community Health, furthering work to promote healthy congregations and communities. Externally funded research projects and strategic partnerships with the community allow the GSSW to address systemic problems in our society. Grant funding not only provides faculty members and students the opportunity to be involved in research activities but also offers data helping to shape evidence-based program development and evaluation. The findings uncovered impact our practice and deepen the knowledge base in the social work profession. Every gift strengthens the Schoolâ€™s ability to continue training students to impact their communities and to inform the field of social work. We are grateful for each donorâ€™s generosity this year.
ENDOWMENTS ESTAB LISHED
GRANTS ACTIVE GRANTS
SEEKING TO SERVE THROUGH MEANINGFUL RESEARCH Dr. Holly Oxhandler Dr. Oxhandler’s research focuses on the intersection between ethical and effective integration of clients’ religion/spirituality. She developed a scale to assess mental health care providers’ attitudes, perceived feasibility, self-efficacy, behaviors, and overall orientation toward integrating clients’ religion/spirituality in practice. Through her findings, she developed what she calls Namaste Theory. Namaste is a Hindu word meaning the sacred in me recognizes the sacred in you. She uses this concept to describe the importance of the relationship between social workers and their clients. Though this integration is her primary area of research, her scholarship also intersects with evidence-based practice, serious mental illness, social anxiety disorder, and virtual reality. In the past year, Dr. Oxhandler has published 11 scholarly articles and has appeared numerous times on various podcasts disseminating her research.
Dr. Dennis Myers Dr. Myers is the chair of the GSSW’s Gerontology Initiative and principal investigator for the Danny and Lenn Prince Initiative for Quality Long-term Care with Older Adults that provides research, evidence-based practice models, educational programs, and practical resources to strengthen the care environment of residential facilities, and to enrich the lives of residents. He is co-principal investigator for the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation grant, “Mastering Your Marriage.” This year, Dr. Myers has published seven scholarly articles focusing on the areas of positive psychological assessment and early-stage dementia, spiritual diversity and living with early-stage dementia, ethical integration of faith and practice in social work field education, family-of-origin and service-member resilience, and faith-based community services.
Dr. Edward C. Polson
Dr. Polson’s research interests include community engagement, civil society, the intersection of religion and civic life, and the work of non-profit organizations and voluntary associations. Dr. Polson has been involved in applied research projects with community organizations in Texas, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. He has published five articles this year in the areas of hope and resilience among vulnerable community-dwelling older persons, baby boomers as congregational volunteers in community ministry, and ADHD and grief. His latest article, “Worshiping across the Color Line” published in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, focused on the influence of congregational makeup on whites’ friendship networks and racial attitudes. Interestingly, his findings showed where you live to be more influential than where you worship when it comes to shaping racial attitudes.
FACULTY joining COMING ON BOARD FOR 2018-19
Dr. Danielle Parrish Dr. Parrish joins our faculty as associate professor at the Houston Campus. Her primary research focus is on the prevention of deleterious health outcomes among females engaging in multiple, overlapping health risk behaviors that may impact their children through HIV and substance-exposed pregnancy. A secondary focus has been on the development of Virtual Reality Exposure Treatment for youth with Social Anxiety Disorder. Recently, she has collaborated with SEARCH Homeless Services in Houston to study and improve a variety of services focused on the transition from the streets to supportive housing. Dr. Parrishâ€™s research has been funded by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration as well as the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
Dr. Brianna Lemmons Dr. Lemmons joins the GSSW in a tenure-track assistant professor position. Dr. Lemmonsâ€™ primary research focus is on non-resident African American fatherhood, intergenerational transmission of fathering behaviors, and co-parenting in non-resident father families. She hopes to develop a series of manuscripts related to successful models of co-parenting in non-resident father families that draw on interdisciplinary perspectives from a variety of fields such as religion/theology, economics, psychology, sociology, family studies, and social work She also has interests in effective pedagogies for delivering research-related course content to social work students, mentoring research students, research methods, and statistics/data analysis. Dr. Lemmons comes to the GSSW from California State University, Los Angeles.
Dr. Jocelyn McGee Dr. McGee also joins the team in a tenure-track assistant professor position. She has a PhD in clinical psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary, and an MS in gerontology from Baylor University. Dr. McGeeâ€™s research interests include gerontology mental health services in international contexts. She has worked with social workers in Malawi, Africa since 2014 to develop sustainable village-based psychosocial programs for guardians of orphans and other vulnerable children, resilience training for orphan girls in secondary school, and staff training for the only government-funded psychiatric hospital. She also works in Haiti to provide mental health training to social workers, clergy, and community health workers. At the VA, she trained staff to work closely with medical teams for the purposes of providing interdisciplinary integrated care to older Veterans within a primary care context. Recently, she served the GSSW in a faculty fellow role, conducting research alongside current faculty members on issues such as global health, culture, and aging.
STUDENT profile DEMOGRAPHICS OF THE 2017-18 YEAR At Baylor, students have a unique opportunity to combine their faith and passion for service with sound theory and practice to better understand and appropriately engage the world around them. Through rigorous curriculum and meaningful hands-on internships in everything from healthcare and nonprofit settings to schools and governmental agencies, they learn how to lean into difficult situations and stand up for those who may not be able to stand up for themselves. An education at the GSSW is an expression of how students can live out their faith experience in a tangible way, in an effort to bring about a more just environment.
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professional field of study with many workforce positions requiring licensure through state exams. In 2013, our BSW first-time pass rate was 100% with a national average of 78%. Our MSW firsttime pass rate was 91% with a national average of 82%.
STATISTICS FOR THE 2017-18 YEAR
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Each year, Baylor names faculty members from the across the University as Outstanding Faculty in a number of areas from teaching to scholarship. The GSSW, the smallest unit at Baylor, is extremely proud to have had an awardee three out of the last five years: Diana Garland 2010 Helen Harris 2013 Jim Ellor 2014 Dennis Myers 2016
Baylor University’s Rising Stars program gives selected early-career faculty members an intensive mentorship experience that helps put them on the fast track toward an independent, externally funded research program. The GSSW has had four Rising Stars including one faculty member this year:
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Helen Harris 2015-16 Holly Oxhandler 2015-16 Elissa Madden 2016-17 Stephanie Boddie 2017-18
IN SERVICE ALL OVER THE WORLD
Through the work of students, faculty, alumni, and friends of the Garland School, meaningful change is happening all over the world. We are especially proud of the work our alumni are doing. They work with grieving children who have lost a parent. They address systemic injustices by rewriting social policies through the work of governmental agencies. They teach clients coping mechanisms and job skills to help put them on a path to recovery. They teach Introduction to Social Work classes to budding new social workers. They are faithfully serving individuals, families, and communities all around us! 2017 ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR
Program Coordinator for Good Mourning at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Greg’s position allows him to create space for those grieving, those facing serious illness, and those impacted by suicide, serving clients of all ages. For Greg, issues of grief and loss are a crossroads for both social work and religion and spirituality, places where people are challenged to find meaning and a way to live in health. 8
Alumni Titles Held Director of Social Services Assistant Professor Autism Specialist Housing Search Specialist HIV/STD Services Manager Behavioral Researcher Director of Organizational Dev Executive Director Clinical Private Practice Director of the Center for Service and Leadership
THE RICH HISTORY OF SOCIAL WORK AT BAYLOR UNIVERSITY SOCIAL WORK
BEGINS AT BAYLOR
Under the leadership of Founding Chair Preston Dyer
2015 CAMPUS OPENS
15 students begin first classes at our new campus in Downtown Houston
Dr. Diana Garland arrives at Baylor from the Carver School of Church Social Work
FIRST TWO Under the leadership of Founding Dean Diana Garland
School moves to 811 Washington Ave. in Downtown Waco
School renamed the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work
THE NEED FOR SOCIAL WORK IN A HURTING WORLD Social workers influence policy and impact lives every day. They seek to improve quality of life for everyone they serve, from one individual to entire communities. They respond to some of the most pressing social issues of our time including poverty, human trafficking, immigration, and other challenges that threaten the worldâ€™s most vulnerable children and adults. The GSSW has a rich history of embodying the core values of the social work profession: service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. As holistic human beings, we seek to understand, empathize with, and serve the whole person â€“ body, mind, and spirit. Our vision is to equip our graduates for effective service and leadership and conduct research that addresses both human crises and long-term, complex social problems locally and globally.
Suffer from mental illness
OF CONGR EGATIONS
LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH
Offer social services to their communities
Suicide in youth ages 10-24
Are forced into human trafficking
POVERTY RATE SUICIDE RATE
524% 1in10 OLDER ADULTS
Among countries in Africa
In America from 1999-2014 EVERY
Are abused each year
An American is sexually assaulted
GIVING opportunities EACH GIFT MAKES A TRUE IMPACT
Gifts to the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work stand in the gap for deserving students who need financial assistance to continue their pursuit of a Baylor education, students that will one day change the lives of those they serve. They provide hands-on opportunities for students to practice social work at home and abroad, for international students to be change agents in their home countries, for muchneeded technology updates and classroom equipment, and for so much more.
Diana R. Garland School of Social Work Excellence Fund
Diana R. Garland Endowed Scholarship
Houston MSW Excellence Fund
Global Mission Leadership Initiative
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