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UTPA professor elected to board of the Council on Social Work Education
Posted: 06/11/2010
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Dr. Noe Ramirez, associate professor of social work at The University of Texas-Pan American, has been elected to serve as the undergraduate faculty representative on the board of directors of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

- Dr. Noe Ramirez

Ramirez will join six other newly elected board members of the CSWE, a nonprofit national association representing more than 3,000 individual members as well as graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education. Founded in 1952, this partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the United States.

"I feel honored to be elected to this prestigious position with the Council. It offers considerable opportunity to influence education policy in our profession," said Ramirez, believed to be the first educator from UTPA to serve on CSWE's board.

Ramirez, who joined UTPA as a faculty member in 1997, is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has 16 years of experience in rural and socioeconomic development, mental health, substance use, and clinical supervision in psychiatric settings. He earned his Bachelor of Social Work in 1979 from Pan American University; his Master of Social Work in 1989 from Our Lady of the Lake University; and his Doctor of Philosophy of Social Work in 1998 from the University of Houston.

At UTPA, his research interests have focused on various social work settings and subjects including mental health, clinical supervision, school social work, the field of disabilities and community organization/activism, particularly Chicano activism in the Rio Grande Valley.

Ramirez said he hopes to bring to the board not only his experience as an academician but also his direct practice and culturally competent experience with clients in human service organizations.

"From testing our principles and promoting social work values in the field, I have obtained considerable learning on the importance of our undergraduates practicing the integrative method in the profession," he said.

The CSWE Board of Directors meets twice a year to oversee all organizational programs, plans and budgets. It is also responsible for the activities and accountability of all governance and program units and commissions, including final decisions to adopt or reject accreditation standards and educational policies prepared by CSWE's Commission on Accreditation and the Commission on Curriculum and Educational Innovation. Ramirez' three-year term will begin July 1.

UTPA offers programs leading to a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and a Master of Social Work (MSSW) that are also available through distance education to students at the University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College and Laredo Community College. Both programs are accredited by CSWE. For more information, go to the Department of Social Work Web site at www.utpa.edu/dept/socialwork.