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Barbara W. White

Professor EmeritaPh.D., Florida State University

Dean Emerita



Barbara W. White was appointed Dean of the School of Social Work at The University of Texas at Austin in 1993. She also holds the Centennial Professorship in Leadership. Dr. White was formerly Associate Dean at the School of Social Work at The Florida State University, where she also served as the director of the Master of Social Work program. She is a former President of the 155,000-member National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and was a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Schools of Social Work. Dr. White is also a former president of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), the profession's primary educational organization that serves as the accrediting body for baccalaureate and master's degree social work programs in the United States. In 2003, she received the NASW Presidential Award for Leadership in Social work Education. She was recently appointed to chair the CSWE Council on Leadership Development and chairperson of the NASW Publications Committee.

Dr. White served as the president of the Florida Chapter of NASW, and was named Social Worker of the Year by the Florida Chapter. She has been a Fulbright scholar on Women's Issues in India, and received a University Teaching Excellence Award at Florida State University. In 1995, she was appointed by President Clinton to serve on the National Selective Service Appeal Board. She was inducted into the African American Women's Hall of Fame sponsored by the National Women of Achievement, Inc., and was a member of the 1998 Class of Leadership Texas. She was honored by being selected as the 1999 recipient of the International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award by the National Association of Social Workers for significant international or national contributions to advance the public image of professional social work.

Dr. White has authored articles and book chapters on issues dealing with cultural diversity, women, domestic violence, and social work education, and serves on numerous editorial boards and with community service organizations. She is a national consultant on social work curriculum, and an active public speaker on a wide range of social issues, and social work education and practice.

Dr. White holds a doctorate in political science and a master's in social work, both from Florida State University.

Since becoming dean, Dr. White has worked to position the School of Social Work toward national prominence. The School's reputation, as indicated by U.S. News and World Report, has resulted in its ranking among the top ten graduate social work programs in the country.


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