The University of Georgia appoints a new dean for its school of social work. Philip Hong is Professor and Associate Dean for Research at Loyola University in Chicago. His appointment to the UGA is effective on July 1.
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Hong is currently Professor and Associate Dean for Research at Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work, where he also directs the Center for Research on Self-Sufficiency. He recently held the Lucian and Carol Welch Matusak Chair and was Director of the Doctoral Program at Loyola’s School of Social Work. His appointment to the UGA is effective on July 1, 2022.
“We look forward to welcoming Dr. Hong to the University of Georgia leadership team as the next Dean of the School of Social Work,” said President Jere W. Morehead. “He brings considerable experience in increasing research productivity, strengthening community partnerships and supporting social work professors and students. “
As Associate Dean for Research, a position he has held since 2018, Hong established a Grants and Fellowships Development Office that has helped increase extramural funding by over 200%. He also helped faculty establish three externally funded research centers, formalize four externally funded training institutes, and support three externally funded community programs. As director of the doctoral program in social work, a position he held from 2018 to 2021, he implemented recruitment and curriculum innovation strategies to help increase the number of applicants and partnered up to the Graduate School to increase scholarships and stipends.
Hong is the founding director of CROSS, a community-based research center at Loyola University Chicago’s School of Social Work that leads local, national and global initiatives and public-private partnerships on strengthening self-reliance policies, programs and systems. Funded by the Lloyd A. Fry Foundation and the US Department of Health and Human Services, CROSS examines long-term, bottom-up solutions to promote the empowerment and inclusion of individuals and systems through community engagement, to innovation and research on social impact in collaboration with various urban communities. and rural communities. In recognition of his international and national impact, Hong was awarded the Lucian and Carol Welch Matusak Chair at Loyola University in Chicago from 2016 to 2020.
“Dr. Hong is a collaborative leader committed to exceptional teaching and impactful, community-engaged, interdisciplinary research,” said S. Jack Hu, UGA Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs. of achievement is extraordinary and it is well positioned to build on the School of Social Work’s national reputation for excellence.
Hong’s research was supported by more than $ 4.6 million in funding from foundations and federal agencies such as the US Department of Health and Human Services. The social work intervention model he developed, Transforming the Impossible into Possible (TIP), is a national model of social policies that promote self-reliance and family strengthening. TIP is applied and tested as a model to support communities in the areas of employment and workforce development, health promotion, youth development and empowerment, citizen reintegration, drug addiction recovery and violence prevention. He has authored over 70 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and other publications, and 100 peer-reviewed conference presentations.
Hong has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Poverty and Public Policy and the journals Social Work Research and Families in Society. He was also an external reviewer for the USDA Food and Nutrition Service Policy Support Office. Her community involvement includes serving on the Chicago Housing Authority’s Family Self-Sufficiency Coordinating Committee, as an advisory advisor to the Poverty and Development Division (recently renamed the Macroeconomic Policy and Development Finance Division). ) of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and on the boards of several not-for-profit social service organizations.
Hong was part of the 2018 class of the Future Leaders in Social Work Education program sponsored by the National Association of Deans and Principals of Schools of Social Work. His other honors include receiving the Top 100 Chicago Innovation Award and the Senior-Level Career Achievement Award from the Korean American Social Work Educators Association.
“I am truly honored to join the University of Georgia’s community of academic excellence and innovation, a place where social work contributes to a collaborative, goal-oriented education and research journey, committed to community, inclusive and socially responsible is fully respected and supported, “said Hong.” I look forward to working with everyone to advance the tripartite mission of the School of Social Work and the university for the good. -being and sustainability of the Athens community and the world. ”
Hong received her masters in social work and her doctorate. in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and holds a master’s and doctoral degrees. in Political Science from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in social protection from Yonsei University in South Korea.
Marsha Davis, Dean of the College of Public Health, led a 14-member research advisory committee that helped identify finalists for the position. The committee was assisted by the UGA Human Resources Research Group.
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