Jacksonville State University Social Work

Jacksonville State University Social Work Welcome to our page! This is the place to stay informed about all the happenings (past, present, and future) in the Social Work Department at Jacksonville State University.

The Bachelor of Social Work Program at JSU was launched in 1988, and received initial accreditation by the National Council on Social Work Education in 1992, which became retroactive to 1988. Accreditation was reaffirmed in 1996, 2004, and again in 2013, which will be in effect until 2020. The BSW program at JSU is one of the largest in the state of Alabama. The MSW program admitted its first cohort of students in August, 2017.

Mission: The mission of the JSU Social Work program is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, values, and interests to promote human and community well-being through public service and entry-level generalist social work practice as well as at the Master's Level.

08/31/2020

How many of you would be interested in showing your school spirit with a JSU SW mask? We have to wear them so why not sport our JSW SW pride. More details to follow. We just need an interest count to determine how many to order. Thanks in advance.

Let’s keep wearing those masks and practicing social distancing.
08/26/2020

Let’s keep wearing those masks and practicing social distancing.

Gamecocks, we have a few announcements for you:

1. Due to concerns regarding COVID-19, Jacksonville State University is instituting a two-week pause on all in-person student organization events effective immediately. Any in-person activity or event sponsored or endorsed by an organization, including those that occur on or off campus, is prohibited until September 9, 2020. Any organization that allegedly violates this directive will be referred to the Director of Community Standards and Student Ethics for disciplinary review. Jacksonville State University will review this decision prior to September 9, 2020 to determine if an extension is necessary. *This does not include in-person class meetings. Academics will continue as regularly scheduled*

2. Effective immediately, all JSU Housing visitation has been changed to Stage 3. Stage 3 means that visitation is limited to residents of the building only. If you have any questions, please contact your RA!

Please do your part to limit the spread of COVID-19 on campus, so that we can continue to enjoy each other’s company throughout the rest of the academic year. #CockyCares

Happy Women’s Equality Day! What is one thing that you have accomplished that you were told you couldn’t do?
08/26/2020

Happy Women’s Equality Day! What is one thing that you have accomplished that you were told you couldn’t do?

Dr. Taylor Ellis joined our Social Faculty this fall. Congratulations Dr. Ellis!
08/24/2020

Dr. Taylor Ellis joined our Social Faculty this fall. Congratulations Dr. Ellis!

🎓🎓 Congratulations, Dr. Ellis! 🎓🎓

08/21/2020
Social Worker (MSW) - Anniston, AL 36207 - Indeed.com

MSWs - interested in medical social work? Here is a local opportunity!
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Employment Opportunities | JBS Mental Health Authority
08/20/2020
Employment Opportunities | JBS Mental Health Authority

Employment Opportunities | JBS Mental Health Authority

Employment Opportunities JBS Mental Health Authority940 Montclair Rd.Birmingham AL 35213 205.595.4555 Office205.592.3539 Fax [email protected] FollowFollow Job Announcements Check out our Employment Opportunities Search Now JBS Employees Quick links and logins for our employees Employees JBS Mental He...

Congratulations Sesaria Calderon. Keep being a world changer.
08/15/2020
Master of Social Work Graduate Earns Degree to Be an Advocate for Children

Congratulations Sesaria Calderon. Keep being a world changer.

Sesaria Calderon ’20 has a passion for serving children. After earning her Master of Social Work from Samford's School of Public Health, she now works as a therapist at Blount County Children’s Center, a child advocacy center in central Alabama.

Your faculty preparing for Fall Semester yesterday. We can’t wait to “see” everyone next week:
08/14/2020

Your faculty preparing for Fall Semester yesterday. We can’t wait to “see” everyone next week:

International Student Organization JSU
08/13/2020

International Student Organization JSU

Only 5 more days to go till classes start! Visit our booth on Tuesday afternoon at the Dillon Field for the Get on Board Day. See y’all there! 👋🏼

#jacksonvillestateuniversity #jsu #jsuiso

Here is some important information about the Mandatory COVID testing for ALL students attending on campus classes or who...
08/10/2020

Here is some important information about the Mandatory COVID testing for ALL students attending on campus classes or who are residing g on campus.

We know a lot of you have been asking questions regarding the re-entry COVID-19 testing. We are so excited to let you know that GuideSafe now has a call center to help support you and to troubleshoot login issues for entry testing.

From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. students can call 1-866-839-5308, or utilize the chat feature on GuideSafe.org, where students may ask testing questions and receive an answer via email typically within an hour.

To learn more information about the JSU fall reopening plan check out http://www.jsu.edu/coronavirus/faqs.html

Hey JSU SW students the Chanticleer is looking for students to interview about coming back for Fall. If you are interest...
08/10/2020

Hey JSU SW students the Chanticleer is looking for students to interview about coming back for Fall. If you are interested email [email protected]

Alabama Arise is hiring a Development Director to help sustain and strengthen our movement for dignity, equity and justi...
08/07/2020
Employment | Alabama Arise

Alabama Arise is hiring a Development Director to help sustain and strengthen our movement for dignity, equity and justice for all Alabamians. Click the link below for more information and details on how to apply. https://www.alarise.org/about/employment/?eType=EmailBlastContent&eId=499ee67e-2a8c-4bd9-829d-4ed33a7929b1

Thank you for your interest in working with Alabama Arise. We work every day to build a better Alabama for all through research, organizing and advocacy. We believe in a state that offers justice, mercy and opportunity for everyone, and we believe better public policy is essential to make that visio...

08/06/2020
JSU PSA: The Importance of Wearing a Mask

JSU PSA: The Importance of Wearing a Mask

In this informative video, Dr. Tim Lindblom, the dean of the School of Science, explains the science behind the effectiveness of one simple act we all need t...

08/04/2020
How to Order Course Materials - Fall 2020 UPDATE

How to Order Course Materials - Fall 2020 UPDATE

Find out what's new with our online ordering processes (including those wild pickup procedures) for this Fall! Our Bookstore will be remaining COVID compliant

Congratulations to our Spring and Summer graduates. Thank you Michael Walker for some pictures of our Spring BSW Graduat...
08/01/2020

Congratulations to our Spring and Summer graduates. Thank you Michael Walker for some pictures of our Spring BSW Graduates

Jacksonville State University Dean of Students Office
07/30/2020

Jacksonville State University Dean of Students Office

Congratulations to all the 2020 spring and summer graduates! We can’t wait to celebrate you this Friday and Saturday! You will be able to live stream the ceremonies on Facebook! If attending, all graduating students, faculty, staff, and guests will be required to wear masks. Be on the lookout for information about commencement from Jacksonville State University

Jacksonville State University
07/15/2020

Jacksonville State University

We know many of you have been anxiously awaiting a comprehensive campus plan for fall operations. Rest assured, the COVID-19 Task Force has been hard at work since late February evaluating our status locally, state-wide, and nationally; communicating any cases or exposures as they arise; planning for safe operations; and sharing educational information in a timely manner to keep you, our campus community, as informed as possible.

Our goal at this time is to open the campus under ”new normal” conditions and continue to implement strategies to prioritize health and safety. The COVID-19 Task Force monitors a situational report daily to inform decision-making for reopening plans and will continue to do so throughout the remainder of summer and fall and further, if needed.

We also recognize that as much as we want to return to normal operations, even a “new normal,” fall semester will definitely look and feel different from what any of us have ever experienced. We are in the middle of a historical pandemic, and we are learning new information every day. JSU has and will continue to base our decisions on the scientific evidence surrounding COVID-19 and pandemic response and recovery.

To see the full list of highlights from the comprehensive plan please visit ➡️ http://www.jsu.edu/coronavirus/reopening.html

Jacksonville State University School of Arts and Humanities
07/09/2020

Jacksonville State University School of Arts and Humanities

07/07/2020

Thank you to those who had the vision so long ago to get this started with a BSW Program. We wouldn’t be here without the vision and dedication of Dr Becky Turner, Dr. Mark Fagan, Ms. Donna Smith, and Mr. James Powe. We would not be able to maintain our excellence without the support of our administration and currently Dr. Christie Shelton, President Don Killingsworth and the JSU Board of Trustees. #JSUSocialWork #JacksonvilleStateUniversity #JSUStrong

Don’t forget to tune in at 2:30 for Dean Newton’s exciting Announcement........
07/07/2020

Don’t forget to tune in at 2:30 for Dean Newton’s exciting Announcement........

07/06/2020

Hey everybody! We have some exciting news that we want to shared. Tune in tomorrow at 2:30 for a live announcement from Dean Newton!!!!!

Congratulations to Dr. Don C. Killingsworth for being named as JSU’ s 13th President
06/23/2020

Congratulations to Dr. Don C. Killingsworth for being named as JSU’ s 13th President

The Jacksonville State University Board of Trustees today confirmed Dr. Don C. Killingsworth, Jr. – a two-time JSU graduate and acting president since Oct. 22, 2019 – as the university’s 13th president. His new role is effective immediately.

According to JSU board members, Dr. Killingsworth’s success, leadership and activism over the last seven months has proven him more than capable to formally lead the more than 9,000 student-enrolled university into the future.

Dr. Killingsworth will continue to strengthen relationships with key State of Alabama leaders while developing successful fundraising opportunities to benefit the university’s growth. He will also work to ensure alumni, in addition to current and potential students, find the utmost value in their degrees and are provided opportunities in today’s evolving workplace.

Learn more about President Killingsworth at ➡️https://bit.ly/2ASPkzW

#FeartheBeak #PresidentKillingsworth #JSUStories

Jacksonville State University Dean of Students Office
06/19/2020

Jacksonville State University Dean of Students Office

Today is Juneteenth! Here is some information about the American holiday.

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
06/19/2020
Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Did you know there is a significance of eating red colored foods on Juneteenth? Red is a color that is seen everywhere during #Juneteenth. You will find it as red soda, watermelon, red velvet cake and in red beans and rice. The classic color symbolizes blood lost during the struggle for emancipation.⁣


Join us for a free virtual event tomorrow at 7:00pm CST as we celebrate and honor Dr. Angela Y. Davis with the Fred L. Shuttleworth Human Rights Award. This event will be live-streamed here on our page.

Supreme Court rules Trump cannot end DACA in big win for ‘Dreamer’ legal immigrants
06/18/2020
Supreme Court rules Trump cannot end DACA in big win for ‘Dreamer’ legal immigrants

Supreme Court rules Trump cannot end DACA in big win for ‘Dreamer’ legal immigrants

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Trump administration cannot carry out its plan to shut down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which has allowed nearly 800,000 young people, known as "Dreamers," to avoid deportation and remain in the U.S.

Jacksonville State University
06/09/2020

Jacksonville State University

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Two weeks ago today, George Floyd breathed his last breath. We have all watched in horror as the video has been replayed again and again in national news. Our hearts are broken for his family. What happened to him and what continues to happen to Black men, women, and children across our nation is appalling and unacceptable. We recognize that this event, along with many others, is disturbing to so many, especially our Black students and colleagues.

Members of the JSU family have shared the pain they are feeling because of Mr. Floyd’s death. Let us be clear: Jacksonville State University values Black lives. We stand firmly against the harm and injustice people of color continue to face, and we are committed to addressing systemic racism through actions we take individually and as an institution.

A timely opportunity for JSU to continue to address social injustices is upon us. In February, a group of faculty, students, and community partners applied to the Association of American Colleges and Universities to participate in a summer institute on “Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation.” JSU was notified in March that we were approved to participate, and we will be moving forward with this opportunity. As a part of this initiative, JSU will establish a Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Center and will collaborate with the community to work to dismantle racism. This center will work to help the campus community broaden understanding of our diverse experiences.

JSU’s administration is aware of the conversation taking place on social media regarding the names of certain buildings on our campus. Please know that we hear you. The administration has appointed a special task force of students to further address the building names in conjunction with the Student Government Association President. According to the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act, we must obtain State approval to change the names of buildings more than 40 years old on state property.

While there is no way to erase the harm our faculty, staff, and students of color are experiencing, please know that JSU offers resources to help you seek care and support. Faculty, staff, and peers, please encourage your students, colleagues, and friends to seek resources and help from these university services and staff:

Students may seek assistance through the JSU Counseling Center by requesting counseling services or by calling 256-782-5475. The center is staffed by individuals steeped in knowledge of counseling those who have experienced racial trauma, and they are glad to offer assistance to anyone affected by the recent events.

The Associate Dean of Students, Josh Robinson, can help with student advising and referral, and he will inform students about options and resources for getting the help they may need. Contact the Dean of Students Office at 256-782-5491.

Employees who are interested in talking to someone should reach out to the JSU Human Resources Office at 256-782-5007.

Several individuals have asked about giving a gift in memory of George Floyd. JSU has created a new scholarship with management by JSU’s Black Alumni Chapter, which will select recipients. If you are interested in making a donation to this scholarship, please click here, scroll down in the Fund Designation section, and choose Black Alumni Chapter Endowed Scholarship. Choose the In-Memory option and fill out that section.

JSU is beginning the recruitment process for a Diversity and Inclusion administrator. The person in this position will be another resource for the campus community and will assist the institution in fostering a sense of belonging for all students, faculty, and staff.

Finally, please know that we are here for you and will work tirelessly to ensure an inclusive, safe, and welcoming environment for the entire JSU family.

Sincerely,

Dr. Don C. Killingsworth, Jr.
Acting President

National Association of Social Workers
06/05/2020

National Association of Social Workers

"We are in the middle of two pandemics that disproportionately affect communities of color." @ASWB, @nasw, and CSWE come together to explore social workers' role in combating social injustice. Read our joint essay in Social Work Responds: https://bit.ly/2z6R8nN

06/04/2020
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06/02/2020

Jacksonville State University Social Work's cover photo

In honor of Blackout Tuesday, the Jacksonville State University community is humbly listening to the voices of the margi...
06/02/2020

In honor of Blackout Tuesday, the Jacksonville State University community is humbly listening to the voices of the marginalized. The university stands in support of our black faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends.
The administration is committed not only to making the JSU campus more inclusive, but also ensuring that we fulfill our role as a university in broadening understanding and appreciation across the university community.
Acting President Don Killingsworth will soon begin hosting listening sessions to hear how the university can better support the diverse JSU family. More information will be provided soon on how you can get involved.
#BlackOutTuesday

Jacksonville State University
06/02/2020

Jacksonville State University

In honor of Blackout Tuesday, the Jacksonville State University community is humbly listening to the voices of the marginalized. The university stands in support of our black faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends.

The administration is committed not only to making the JSU campus more inclusive, but also ensuring that we fulfill our role as a university in broadening understanding and appreciation across the university community.

Acting President Don Killingsworth will soon begin hosting listening sessions to hear how the university can better support the diverse JSU family. More information will be provided soon on how you can get involved.

#BlackOutTuesday

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