Farewell but not goodbye to Dean Nancy J. Smyth

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After 17 years, Nancy J. Smyth has chosen to step down as dean of the UB School of Social Work. She will take a year-long sabbatical before returning as a faculty member. A few accomplishments of note during Dean Smyth’s tenure include:

- Integration of trauma-informed and human rights perspectives into all degree programs 

- Creation of the inSocialWork podcast

- Significant growth of the school’s tenure-track faculty, which doubled in size during Dean Smyth’s tenure

- Creation of the school’s fully online MSW and DSW programs

- National rankings of the school by U.S. News and World Report rose from #46 to #25, placing UBSSW among the top 10% of schools of social work in the country



Colleagues, friends and supporters share their appreciation for all that Dean Smyth has done for the School of Social Work:

“Your leadership and commitment to social work has provided a legacy for the Buffalo community and beyond.”

“I was often touched by your kind and poised persona in any situation.”

“Nancy, you brought the same qualities to your role as Dean as you bring to all of your relationships.”

“Thank you for your dedication to bringing our school into the position it is today as a leader in social justice and social work education.”

Please consider supporting the Hamilton-Wilson Student Assistance Fund and the Social Impact Fellows fund, two initiatives that are very close to Dean Smyth’s heart, in honor of her innovative leadership and tremendous impact on the school.

Combined with other gifts, support of any amount is greatly appreciated!

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