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Award: Early Career Faculty Service and Leadership in Social Work Education Award
CSWE will present the 2022 Early Career Faculty Service and Leadership in Social Work Education Award to Dr. Rosalyn Denise Campbell, most recently a tenured associate professor of social work at the University of Georgia.
Dr. Rosalyn Denise Campbell sees herself as equal parts scholar, educator, mentor, and advocate, particularly in the area of mental/behavioral health. Her research is best described as a quest to learn, understand, and improve the mental health and well-being of underserved groups, especially Black Americans. This pursuit has led her to exploring the mental health and illness narratives/experiences, help-seeking behaviors, and service use pattens of this group.
Whether teaching MSW or PhD students, in the classroom or online, Dr. Campbell does not shy away from the tough topics in social work. She is bold in her teaching of culturally competent practice and is committed to social justice, particularly in the areas of racism and ableism. She championed for the creation of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee at the University of Georgia (UGA) School of Social Work, serving as chair since its inception. She has also written on racism in the social work classroom and the use of disclosure as a teaching tool. Dr. Campbell is especially intentional about making herself available to students, believing strongly that it is an educator’s role to provide a space for students to check in and/or process as they reconcile their role as a helper with their own continuing need for help. For these reasons, Dr. Campbell has been nominated for MSW Teacher of the Year several times and has been recognized multiple times by UGA’s Career Center for contributing greatly to student career development and success. At CSWE’s 2019 APM, she was honored by the Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education’s (CORSW) Mentor Recognition Program.
Service is a large part of what drew Dr. Campbell to social work. The ability to work on behalf of others and their well-being drives all that she does. She carries that spirit into her professional service work, serving on CSWE’s Council on Disabilities and Persons with Disabilities (2014-2017) and its Cultural Competence Track as a co-chair (2018-2021).
Dr. Campbell is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Joint PhD Program in Social Work and Social Science (Sociology). She earned her undergraduate degree in Sociology (with honors) and Ethnic Studies from The University of Texas and her MSW also from the University of Michigan.