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Message From the Dean

Martin Luther King, Jr., suggested that life's most important question is this: "What are you doing for others?" To be associated with the PSU School of Social Work is to be a part of a proud and rich legacy of formulating a meaningful response to that very question.

Welcome to the School of Social Work at Portland State University!  

If you are new to the School, I invite you to get to know us and to learn more about our work. If you are an old friend or former student, welcome back.  You are always welcome to visit us in our new state-of-the-art Gold LEED Certified building in the heart of PSU’s urban campus.

Our world-class faculty teach across four degree programs: Child and Family Studies (CFS), BSW, MSW, and Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Research. We offer the only MSW program in the state of Oregon, which includes distance options in four sites: Ashland, Bend, Eugene, and Salem.  Through our various institutes and centers - the Regional Research Institute, Center for the Improvement of Child and Family Services, and our first ever Campbell Endowed Professorship - we are advancing scholarship and community-engaged research throughout the state of Oregon.  Our School generates 20% of the research activity and funding at PSU, which strategically positions our faculty and students as leaders in the study and advancement of key social conditions across the region and state.  The impact of our work is reflected in our academic mission, outreach, research, field hours, and community projects.

Various disciplines at PSU, in their own way, design things.  Engineers design bridges. Business graduates design our places of work.  Government leaders design our politics.  Our graduates design our collective response to today's critical social problems.  That's the role, and legacy, of this School in the context of PSU as an urban research university.  Martin Luther King, Jr., suggested that life's most important question is this: "What are you doing for others?" To be associated with the PSU School of Social Work is to be a part of a proud and rich legacy of formulating a meaningful response to that very question.  I hope that you join us in creating a diverse and innovative community at the School of Social Work!