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Macy appointed associate dean for research and faculty development

Rebecca Macy, Ph.D., the Preyer Distinguished Professor for Strengthening Families, has been named associate dean for research and faculty development. The appointment is effective Oct. 1.

Macy steps into the position following the tenure of Sheryl Zimmerman, a Kenan Distinguished Professor, who served in the role for about three years.

“I am looking forward to working with Dr. Macy in this capacity,” said Dean Gary Bowen. “I believe that she will build upon the excellent foundation achieved by Dr. Zimmerman.”

School of Social Work nets $1 million grant for Tiny Homes Village

The UNC School of Social Work has been awarded a $1 million, two-year grant from the international Oak Foundation to help fund the construction of the Tiny Homes Village, a demonstration project designed to create a new form of affordable housing for people with mental illnesses and other health conditions. The village will also support and house veterans in need.

Carlton-LaNey to receive 2019 CSWE Significant Lifetime Achievement Award

Iris Carlton-LaNey, Ph.D., the Berg-Beach Distinguished Professor of Community Social Work, has been selected to receive the Council on Social Work Education’s 2019 Significant Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Education Award. The prestigious award recognizes a social work educator’s exemplary achievements in research and scholarship, pedagogy and curriculum development, and organizational leadership over his or her entire career.

Carlton-LaNey will be presented with the award on Oct. 27, during CSWE’s 65th Annual Program Meeting in Denver, Colo.

School researchers awarded $390K grant from National Institutes of Justice

Professor Rebecca Macy, assistant professor Cindy Fraga Rizo and faculty associate Christopher Wretman have been awarded a two-year, $390,000 grant from the National Institutes of Justice to determine how best to evaluate one of the country’s largest providers of services for victims of human-trafficking. 

Researchers recommend data sharing as a step toward improving family services

cover of report booklet about early childhood education data usersA new report from researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests that a big step toward healthier, happier kids in North Carolina may be as simple as facilitating a better process for organizations to share data about the children and families they serve.