Social Work Department
Dr. Elaine Rinfrette
In addition to a well-designed curriculum of academic coursework, Social Work students benefit from a variety of volunteer and field experiences. They participate in an active the BSW Social Work Club (the undergraduate student organization) and the Social Work Association of Graduate Students (SWAGS) for MSW students. Both provide excellent opportunities for educational, social and community service activities. Academic excellence is also recognized by participation in the Phi Alpha Honor Society, a national honor society for social work students.
Membership in the BSW Social Work Club helps students make contacts both with other majors in the program and with professionals in the community. These contacts help with decisions about volunteer experiences, field education placements, and finding employment after graduation.
Information about Social Work Club activities can be found on the bulletin board outside the department office (Hendricks G49) or from the advisor, Dr. Smith, at email@example.com.
The mission of SWAGS is to: 1). Develop within its members, an appreciation of the diversity of issues, perspectives, values, and beliefs within contemporary society and our profession; 2). Foster strong professional ethics in accordance with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW); and 3). Demonstrate commitment to the discipline and cultural competence through service, continuing education, and the advancement of the profession.
Originally founded in 2000, and refocused with attention to the inclusion of online students in 2013, the Social Work Association of Graduate Students (SWAGS) seeks to: 1). Improve the University community and the communities in which student members live, practice, and conduct their field internship; and 2). Enhance the educational, professional, and social experiences of its members.
Membership is open to any graduate social work student enrolled in Edinboro University, without regard to gender, race, creed, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity who fulfills the following requirements. While active participation is encouraged, membership does not require GPA, QPA, credit hour, or service hour requirement in order to become and maintain membership. Become a member of SWAGS.
The purpose of the Phi Alpha Honor Society is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.
Phi Alpha offers membership to social work students, faculty, and practitioners. Students from BSW and MSW programs who are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education or accepted into candidacy status are eligible for Phi Alpha membership. The qualifications for individual membership in the Kappa Epsilon Chapter are as follows:
An undergraduate student is eligible for membership after achieving the following requirements:
A graduate student is eligible for membership after achieving the following requirements:
Membership is available to all full-time social work faculty members. Honorary membership is awarded to persons outside the program who have made a significant contribution to the program and/or society.
Any questions about Phi Alpha Honor Society can be addressed to Dr. Elaine Rinfrette, Faculty Advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.