Aug 08, 2016
Janice is no stranger to the School and to the local social work and social service community. She has worked at Hamilton Health Sciences for over twenty years and has been a field instructor for virtually all of that time, and has held sessional teaching appointments in the School since 2003. Her classroom teaching has included integrative practice seminars and an elective course on social work in health care, and the first level course offered to new field instructors. Janice has a well-demonstrated capacity to support students’ integration of theory and practice and her teaching receives consistently positive evaluations from students and peers. She is also known as an exceptionally skillful and thoughtful mentor and a strong advocate for field education. On a contractual basis Janice served as Acting Field Education Coordinator from January to June 2013 when Professor Sheila Sammon was on research leave and, since Sheila stepped out of the role permanently a year ago, Janice stepped into it seamlessly and most effectively.
In recommending Janice for this Assistant Professorship the selection committee knew we were drawing forward a candidate exceedingly well respected in the social service field and with especially deep networks in the healthcare sector where so many social work students are placed. As was also apparent to the University administrators who interviewed her for this position, Janice is thoughtful and creative in her approach to field education and deeply knowledgeable about the contexts (pedagogical contexts, and social service and community contexts) in which field education occurs. She has a rare capacity to work across, and draw together, disparate domains: the field and the academy, practice and theory, individual experiences and social structures, activism and strategic organizational change. We know she will expand the School’s commitment to understanding and challenging various forms and dynamics of inequity in a changing social world, and take leadership within the School in strengthening critical and justice-focused curriculum and pedagogy.
Please join us in welcoming Janice to this position.