By: Katherine Prull '19
Professor Judy L. Postmus, Ph.D. has been selected for the 2018 Feminist Scholar Award by the CSWE Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education. Postmus is being recognized for her significant contribution to the field of social work education and commitment to the goals and values of the Women’s Council and to feminist practice and scholarship. The Council is responsible for the development of educational resources relevant to women's issues within social work education.
Postmus is the founder and director of the Center on Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) at the School. She has given many local, national, and international presentations on the impact of policies and interventions on survivors of violence. Her work is strongly influenced from her 20 years as a practitioner and administrator.
Each year, the Council names a feminist scholar who has advanced feminist knowledge as it pertains to social work theory, research, practice, policy and education. This honor is apropos for her dedication and commitment to social work in the height of the movement to end sexual violence. "I am honored to have been selected by the Women's Council for this award and to have my work recognized by them," she says. "Even though the social work profession is a female dominated profession, it is still vital to have women's voices heard by the accrediting body; the Women's Council has been lifting those voices for decades. I am proud of this award but even more proud that it comes from the Women's Council."
A recent feature from the Rutgers Magazine named Postmus as one of the many women scholars at Rutgers who have been ardent advocates for women's rights in the #MeToo and Time'sUp era. It highlighted the great strides that VAWC has made in efforts to bring more awareness and resources to college campuses regarding these issues. The campus climate survey, i-Speak, was compiled by VAWC and furthered the discussion and understanding.
In the feature, Postmus says, “Women don’t report for fear of repercussion or law-enforcement involvement, or because they’re ashamed, or because they don’t recognize that what they’re experiencing is abuse."
She will be presented with this honor by the Women's Council of CSWE at the annual Women's Council Networking Breakfast on November 10, 2018. To learn more about this award, click here.