Dean's Message

As dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh, I welcome you to our school. Founded in 1918, this school has a long and distinguished history of service, research, and scholarship. We are very proud of our legacy of being a school which values activists and organizers as well as scholars and thinkers. Our graduates and faculty are continuing in the 21st century to build on this legacy. 

At the same time, while proud of our past, we are not resting on our laurels, but are forging ahead addressing old problems and facing new challenges that confront today's society and the world. The quality of our BASW, MSW, and PhD programs are among the very best in the country, and we continue to enhance these programs. The school has an average enrollment of 700 students and more than 500 students in practicum sites throughout the Greater Pittsburgh region. We continue to have substantive depth in both direct practice with individuals, families, and groups as well as in intervention and practice in community, organization, and social action.

All members of our junior and senior faculty are engaged in teaching and scholarship. They are highly qualified experts in their fields who are enthusiastic and engaged in a multitude of projects ranging from child welfare, mental health, community development, substance abuse, work with the elderly, domestic violence, diagnosis and treatment of families and their children, issues related to incarceration, and faith- based initiatives, just to name a few.

As we continue to take on new initiatives, we are very fortunate to have the broad support of the larger University, community institutions, philanthropic foundations, and public and private agencies. All these factors have come together to create among the faculty and students a new sense of excitement, exhilaration, and commitment. Unquestionably, these are exciting times for our school! We look forward to preparing practitioners who will have the knowledge, skills, and commitment to make ours a better world for everyone.


Larry E. Davis, Dean and Donald M. Henderson Professor