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Rutgers SSW Faculty Members to Receive Awards at SSWR 2020 Conference
December 19, 2019

Three Rutgers School of Social Work faculty members will be recognized for their work at the 2020 Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR)’s Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. in January. 

Sarah McMahon, Associate Professor and Director of the Center on Violence Against Women and Children, will be presented the 2020 Society for Social Work and Research Social Policy Researcher Award for an Emerging Scholar. “I am honored to have been selected to receive the Social Policy Researcher Award for an Emerging Scholar. It is a privilege to be able to conduct research that works to influence policy in the field of interpersonal violence, and I appreciate the support of my colleagues at the Center on Violence Against Women and Children, Rutgers School of Social Work, and Rutgers University as a whole,” said McMahon.

Assistant Professor Woojin Jung will receive the 2020 Society for Social Work and Research Outstanding Social Work Doctoral Dissertation Award for her dissertation “Combating Poverty through Aid: A Critical Analysis of Alternative Models.” Jung’s dissertation addresses the extent to which aid activity is suited to the needs and priorities of recipients using three lenses: 1) a nuanced needs assessment at the global level; 2) an analysis of intervention design at the country level; and 3) a novel evaluation approach at the sub-national level. Her dissertation was motivated by the fact that poverty in the world is deepening and is concentrated in fragile states and resource-based economies. Aid has more reasons than ever to target poverty directly. Speaking to the evolution of an aid landscape with a distinctive way of generating empirical evidence, Jung’s study concludes with a call for both research and practice to return to the basics, starting from client and user needs.

“I am thrilled to receive such a prestigious award. It came as a surprise to me because my research may not be immediately thought of as part of the traditional domain of social welfare,” said Jung. “I hugely appreciate the committee’s recognition of the significance of the issue of global poverty and an approach that taps into data science techniques. I am grateful for all the support and encouragement I’ve received from UC Berkeley, where I conducted my dissertation research and earned my Ph.D. degree, and Rutgers University for allowing me to build upon and expand my existing work.”

In addition, Kathleen J. Pottick, a 2020 Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW), will be presented a medal and plaque at the AASWSW Induction Ceremony on Friday, January 17th.

See the full list of Rutgers SSW faculty, staff, postdocs, and students who will be presenting their research at the SSWR 2020 conference.

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