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School of Social Work Teaching Awards

The 2005 recipients of the School of Social Work’s Excellence in Teaching Awards are Dr. Kenwyn K. Smith (standing faculty), Nancy A. Morrow and Dr. William Silver (both part-time faculty).

The awards will be presented on May 16 at the School’s commencement ceremony. Recipients of the Excellence in Teaching Awards are selected by graduating students and must demonstrate the following: a high level of scholarship in the course(s) taught; a teaching style that stimulates the students’ interest; a commitment to student learning; respect for students’ personal differences; and a significant and lasting impact on the professional development of students.

K. Smith

Dr. Kenwyn K. Smith is an associate professor of organizational behavior; his areas of scholarly contributions are group and intergroup relations, organizational diagnosis and change, the construction of social realities, conflict management, the impact of organizational dynamics on the health of employees, and leadership in the non-profit, public sector and for-profits worlds. He has worked on six continents, and consulted to a wide array of organizations. In addition to his contributions to the education of social workers, he also teaches in the Fels Institute of Government and the Aresty Institute  of Executive Education at Wharton. His most recent books are MANNA in the Wilderness of AIDS: Ten Lessons  in Abundance (2002), Yearning for Home in Troubled  Times (2003) and Freed to be Fathers: Lessons  from Men Doing Time (2003).


N. Morrow

Ms. Morrow is currently a consultant and trainer in the field of aging and long-term care. Her particular areas of interest include case management, mental health and aging, consumer-directed care and ethical issues in long term care. Specific services she provides include staff development, strategic planning, curriculum development and grant writing. Ms. Morrow regularly provides workshops and training seminars for agencies locally and statewide. Ms. Morrow is also the director of development at the Supportive Older Women’s Network (SOWN).  Some of her previous experience includes executive director of Pennsylvania Care Management Institute and director of Protective Services at the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging.  She was awarded the 2004 Agency Award by WOMEN’S Way for her work with SOWN. She has also secured grants for the School from the John A. Hartford Foundation to provide geriatric enrichment to social work education and further develop community partnerships and support training initiatives in aging and social work. Ms. Morrow completed her undergraduate work in psychology at Bucknell University and received her M.S.W. at Penn.


W. Silver

Dr. William Silver received his M.S.W. and D.S.W. degrees from Penn’s  School of Social Work. Dr. Silver, a family therapist, is a clinical member and approved supervisor for the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.  For a number of years he was a clinical associate in psychiatry in the department of psychiatry and was the director of Social Work Training at the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic.  He has been a lecturer at the School of Social Work since 1983. Dr. Silver has served as a consultant to a number of agencies across the country that provide mental health services and family therapy. Dr. Silver teaches advanced clinical social work practice and an elective course in family therapy.




  Almanac, Vol. 51, No. 32, May 10, 2005


May 10, 2005
Volume 51 Number 32


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