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Two professors who have advanced social good and welfare through their work have been honored by the Society for Social Work and Research.

Bill Nugent and John Orme, both faculty members in the UT College of Social Work, are 2015 fellows of the national organization.

Fellows are members who have served with distinction and embody the mission of the organization—to advance, disseminate, and translate research that addresses issues of social work practice and policy and promotes a diverse, equitable, and just society.

The society’s fellowship was established to recognize members for their accomplishments, leadership, and scholarship. Fellows serve as role models and mentors for individuals pursuing careers in social work research.

“The college is extremely fortunate to have two such capable scholars and researchers who are being honored for their leadership in the profession,” said Karen M. Sowers, dean of the College of Social Work.

Nugent has been a professor for many years and is a past director of the doctoral program in the UT College of Social Work. His research focus includes suicide risk assessment methods.

Being named a fellow of the organization is an honor, Nugent said.

“The Society for Social Work and Research is the profession’s premier research organization,” he said. “To be selected as a fellow is a high recognition of a member’s work and efforts to conduct and disseminate research addressing significant issues of importance to social work practice and policy. The list of this year’s fellows reads like a Who’s Who of social work researchers and scholars. It is an honor to be listed among these researchers and scholars.”

Orme has been a professor in the UT College of Social since 1993. His expertise lies in the area of foster care, especially foster families. His research focuses on the development and testing of measures for social work practice and research, applied statistical issues, and outcomes in evidence-based practice.

“It has been such a pleasure to be involved with the Society of Social Work and Research since its inception in 1995 and to see the organization grow from a small group of researchers to its current membership of almost 2,000,” he said. “It’s such a nice honor to join the ranks of my wonderful colleagues, whom I’ve known, respected, learned from, and thoroughly enjoyed over the years.”

Learn more about the national Society of Social Work and Research and see the list of fellows online.

For more information about the College of Social Work and its programs, visit the website.


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