Social Work Advisory Board
The Social Work Advisory Board is comprised of representatives from the state and local community, including social workers and concerned citizens. The Board seeks to:
- Provide information to the program regarding current community activities, needs, and goals.
- Review programmatic assessment data and give feedback about the program's activities, curriculum, and instructional services.
- Advocate for the program and the profession.
- Serve as engaged role models for students.
Mission and Vision Statement
The Social Work Advisory Board shall serve as a guiding force in the continuing development of social work education at Mississippi State University. Its chief obligation is to ensure continuation of a social work program consistent with community and state needs and goals.
The Board shall assist in the maintenance of high standards for the program through their involvement in curriculum overview, student practicum, placement, community networking and as a resource advisor. The Board will provide a means for disseminating information about the Program, obtaining feedback from key community leaders about how the Program's significance is perceived, securing suggestions for the Program's improvement, and assisting the Program in obtaining local and state support. The Board shall encourage participation by professionals representing community agencies who have a commitment to social work education.The Board shall be appointed by the Social Work Program faculty and consist of a group of 12 or more and comprised of students, program alumni and professional and community leaders, representing a broad array of agencies and fields of practice who support the Baccalaureate Social Work Program. Members shall serve three year terms, staggered so that turnover shall be approximately equal thirds. Reappointment will not be limited. The Board shall elect a chairperson from its membership who will serve a two year term. Members are eligible to succeed themselves. The Boards active participation in program accreditation endeavors, including site visits from the Council on Social Work Education will be extremely helpful in the Social Work Program's successful accreditation efforts. It will fill an extremely vital role in ongoing self-evaluation and future development. The Board is an excellent source of information and a particularly vital contact with the local professional community as well as local needs and trends in social services.