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Social Welfare Graduates Receive Prestigious Dissertation Awards

Amy Smoyer (Ph.D., 2013) and Jama Shelton (Ph.D., 2013) were recognized by the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) for their dissertations. Each year, SSWR selects the Outstanding Social Work Doctoral Dissertation Award and also confers an honorable mention.

Smoyer is recipient of the 2014 outstanding dissertation award for “Cafeteria, Commissary and Cooking: Foodways and Negotiations of Power and Identity in a Women’s Prison.” Shelton received an honorable mention for “There’s No Place Like Home? The Experiences of Unstably Housed Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Young People.”

Amy Smoyer and Jama Shelton
Amy Smoyer and Jama Shelton

Smoyer’s dissertation chair was Deborah Tolman and committee members were Mimi Abramovitz, Willie Tolliver, and Rosemary Barberet. Shelton's dissertation chair was S. J. Dodd and committee members were Professors Gary Mallon and Deborah Tolman.

The Society for Social Work Research is the preeminent organization of scholars in the field of social work. It is devoted to the involvement of social workers, social work faculty, and social work students in research and promotion of human welfare through research and research applications. The awards are co-sponsored by SSWR and the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education (GADE). Smoyer and Shelton‘s awards will be conferred at a ceremony during SSWR’s Annual Conference in San Antonio, January 2014.

Submitted on: NOV 8, 2013

Category: Alumni News | Social Welfare