About the College of Social Work

Mission & Vision

The University of Utah College of Social Work is dedicated to providing outstanding education and training to the professional social workers of tomorrow.

Students at the College of Social Work are educated according to the core values and principles of the profession: freedom of inquiry and open debate, inclusion and shared leadership, respect for self-determination and the need for accountability, and the affirmation and promotion of human diversity.

College Community

The University of Utah College of Social Work, established in 1937, is a leader in social work education in the Intermountain West. The College offers students an inclusive and challenging learning environment where students are encouraged to collaborate with faculty, peers, and community partners in analyzing and resolving critical social problems.

The University of Utah has been classified by the Carnegie Foundation as one of the 115 research universities with the “highest research activity” in the nation. Housed within the College of Social Work are a number of research entities, including the Social Research Institute, the Utah Criminal Justice Center, and the W.D. Goodwill Initiatives on Aging, which provide research opportunities and support for locating and managing external funding for faculty and students. College faculty are currently conducting a number of federally-funded, translational social research projects, supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, the National Institute of Justice, the Department of Labor, the National Science Foundation, the Veterans Administration, the Children’s Bureau, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to advance social work research and innovate evidence-based practices for vulnerable populations in need.

The College’s Goodwill Humanitarian Building features several state-of-the-art clinical observation suites equipped with one-way mirrors and audio-visual technology for clinical research and training, as well as a sophisticated psychophysiology lab for cutting-edge social work neuroscience. College of Social Work faculty have developed extensive partnerships with community stakeholders and policymakers to facilitate high-impact research in the service of generating solutions to pressing social problems.

The College’s accomplished faculty have been elected to numerous distinguished positions, such as grant reviewers for the National Institutes of Health (NIH), distinguished fellows to the National Academy of Practice, panel moderators at CSWE-sponsored White House Briefings, and advisors for the National Academy Committee on Science, Technology, and Law.