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NKU Professor Receives National Award for Social Work Education

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Northern Kentucky University’s Dr. Suk-hee Kim was honored by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) with its Distinguished Recent Contributions to Social Work Education Award as one of many vital recognitions on the nationwide stage. Dr. Kim, an affiliate professor of Social Work, was honored on the CSWE’s Annual Program Meeting Nov. 4-7.

The prestigious award acknowledges a social work educator’s exemplary achievements inside the final 10 years in at the very least two of the three areas: analysis and scholarship, pedagogy and curriculum growth, and organizational management. Dr. Kim is a former web site coordinator for the Public Child Welfare Certificate program in NKU’s College of Health and Human Services School of Social Work. She can also be a school fellow of the Institute for Health Innovation and a consultant for NKU on the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.

“To receive this unanimous recognition from the CSWE Board of Directors is a great honor because the council supports quality social work education, provides opportunities for leadership, and plays a central role in achieving the profession’s goals of social and economic justice,” Dr. Kim said. “The Council on Social Work Education is the national association representing social work education as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States and its territories. It’s so fulfilling to educate the next generation of social workers to follow their calling. I’m grateful for the opportunity to share my passion with our students.”

Dr. Kim was additionally lately appointed to a three-year time period on CSWE’s Commission on Research on the nationwide stage. The Commission supplies management in establishing key analysis priorities for enhancing social work training, in selling the scholarship of instructing and studying inside social work training, in addition to in particularly selling high quality in analysis curricula throughout strategies and paradigms within the Bachelor of Social Work, Master of Social Work and in doctoral packages.

Not solely a proactive chief in gerontological social work analysis, but in addition within the opioid epidemic within the social work training, Dr. Kim introduced her experience to NKU by growing the varsity’s first ever gerontology curriculum. She and her colleagues additionally guided the creation of the college’s gerontology micro-credentials: (1) Gerontology: Dynamics of Aging; (2) Aging & Society; and (3) Social Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Kim is an Age-Friendly University Initiative and Coalition founding member. She was actively concerned in serving to her establishment earn the Age-Friendly University designation in 2020, making NKU the primary college within the area to hitch the worldwide effort to extend accessibility and assist providers for college students of all ages. Dr. Kim and her colleagues are at the moment constructing a coalition. Her initiative, Rising Hope for Aging, enlists social work college students to work at a public housing neighborhood offering crucial help for its low-income senior inhabitants. Dr. Kim’s innovation in elevating the sphere of gerontology and responding to the wants of older adults has earned her the distinguished CSWE Distinguished Recent Contributions to Social Work Education Award.

After her involvement of federal grant funded research from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), in September, Dr. Kim obtained the National Institutes of Health Federal Grant Subaward by means of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The HEALing (Helping to End Addiction Long-Term) Communities Study is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a part of the National Institutes of Health, and is in partnership with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Dr. Kim is at the moment working with the University of Cincinnati Criminal Justice Intervention Design Team, offering experience within the implementation of evidence-based practices in legal justice settings, and is serving because the County Lead in Guernsey County in Ohio over the research interval.

She has obtained quite a few accolades for her instructing, analysis, and repair contributions, together with NKU’s 2021 Excellence in Research, Scholarship, and Creative
Activity Award, NKU’s 2020 Inclusive Excellence Faculty Leadership Award, CSWE’s 2019 Commission for Diversity and Social & Economic Justice Community Partnership Action Inaugural Award (centered on opioid habit), the Korean American Social Work Educators Association’s 2020 Middle Career Achievement Award, and CSWE’s 2020 Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education Community Impact Award on the nationwide stage.

In October, Dr. Kim was honored with the Outstanding Career within the Field of Social Work Award from her alma mater, Boston University School of Social Work (BUSSW). This award acknowledges and honors a BUSSW graduate who, all through her/his profession (minimal twenty years), has constantly demonstrated distinctive contributions to the career and the community-at-large with examples Dr. Kim’s contributions all through her/his profession in all or any facets of social work follow together with advocacy; scientific follow with people, households, and/or teams; training; neighborhood group; administration; program growth; analysis; public coverage; and social planning.

Dr. Kim was a doctoral fellow within the Department of Family and Geriatric Medicine on the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She earned her joint Ph.D. in social work from the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville, an M.S.W. from Boston University with a scientific social work emphasis, and a B.A. in social welfare from Han-il University and Presbyterian Theological Seminary in South Korea.

-Staff report