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Stanley Witkin, MSW, PhD

  • Adjunct Professor

Stanley L Witkin is an adjunct professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice and emeritus professor of social work at the University of Vermont. He is the co-founder and president of the Global Partnership for Transformative Social Work and an associate and PhD faculty member of the Taos Institute. Stanley has been a Fulbright scholar in Finland and Ireland and a visiting scholar at the University of York (UK), the University of Haifa (Israel), the University of Newcastle (Australia), the University of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In 2004 he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree by the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Lapland (Finland).

Stanley’s primary academic interest is in the area of social construction and its potential applications to social work scholarship, inquiry, teaching, and practice. He also is interested in global social work education and since 1999 has been coordinating a unique multinational program in Finland.

Stanley is the former editor-in-chief of the journal Social Work and serves or has served on the editorial and advisory boards of several national and international journals.

He has published numerous articles and chapters in a variety of social work and social science journals and books. Recent books include Transforming Social Work: Social Constructionist Reflections on Contemporary and Enduring Issues (2017, Palgrave Macmillan), Narrating Social Work Through Autoethnography (2014, Columbia University Press), Social Construction and Social Work: Interpretations and Innovations (2011, Columbia University Press).

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