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Spafford Endowed Chair

The Belle S. Spafford Endowed Chair is a prestigious position dedicated to improving the lives of women and families in all their configurations. It is one of few academic positions with such a purpose in a school of social work.



The search is on

The University of Utah College of Social Work is currently seeking an active and accomplished social work scholar to become the next Belle S. Spafford Endowed Chair. The College is excited to offer this nine-month tenure-track faculty position at the rank of associate professor or professor. We seek a colleague with an established scholarly reputation, and a strong record of publication and funded research in issues concerning women and families including, but not limited to, poverty, interpersonal violence, child welfare, or substance misuse.




Belle S. SPafford

The Belle S. Spafford Endowed Chair was established in 1982 to honor the pioneering work of the late Belle Smith Spafford, a civic and religious leader known locally, nationally, and internationally for her work to improve the well-being of women and children. Under the leadership of her dear friend and community leader Florence Smith Jacobsen, and with the participation of many of Ms. Spafford’s friends and admirers, the University of Utah College of Social Work created the endowment to fund the Spafford Chair. It was their collective goal to have the work that Belle Spafford pioneered continue through this research endowed chair.

Ms. Jacobsen was so dedicated to this idea that she created the Florence Smith Jacobsen Endowed Scholarship to support a doctoral student working with the Belle S. Spafford Endowed Chair.

The College of Social Work hosts an annual event at which the Belle S. Spafford Endowed Chair presents research findings to colleagues and the community.


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Last Updated: 5/28/19