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School of Social Policy & Practice Teaching Awards
April 27, 2010, Volume 56, No. 31

Damon Freeman is the recipient of the 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award in the MSW Program, Standing Faculty. Dr. Freeman is an assistant professor at SP2. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Morgan State University in Baltimore, a law degree from the University of Maryland, and a PhD in African American history from Indiana University. He has taught courses on American Racism and Social Work Practice, Understanding Social Change, the Courts and Social Policy, and Critical Race Theory. Dr. Freeman is currently finishing a book manuscript entitled Not So Simple Justice: Kenneth B. Clark and the Dilemma of Race and Power. The book is an intellectual biography of Dr. Clark’s ideas and how they apply to issues such as racial identity, school desegregation, antipoverty programs, and the educational achievement gap. His new research projects include a community history of Berman v. Parker, a 1954 US Supreme Court decision that allowed the use of urban renewal to forcibly move 7,500 African American families in Southwest Washington, DC, and a broader study using oral history and archival research methods of how the civil rights and Black Power movements influenced social work.




Kerry Dunn, a lecturer in SP2, is the recipient of the 2010 Excellence in Teaching Award in the MSW Program, Part-time Faculty. She received her BA at the Evergreen State College, her JD at Rutgers-Newark, and her MSW and PhD at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Dunn has legal, administrative, and counseling experience in a variety of settings, including therapeutic foster care, housing first, special education, and criminal and juvenile justice. In addition to teaching policy and research methods courses in SP2, she has taught in the department of anthropology and the Urban Studies Program at Penn as well as other area schools. She particularly enjoys teaching and doing Participatory Action Research, a method closely aligned with social work ethic and values. She also works on capital murder trials and writes about the role of social workers in capital mitigation. Dr. Dunn is getting ready to move to Portland, Maine to take a full-time teaching position at the University of New England, School of Social Work.





Related: SAS Teaching Awards; SEAS Teaching Awards

Almanac - April 27, 2010, Volume 56, No. 31