2009 Feminist Scholarship Award Winners

Feminist Scholarship Award Honoree: Deborah Valentine

DebValentineandSusanRoll1crop.JPGThis year’s honoree, Deborah Valentine, Director of the School of Social Work at Colorado State University, has contributed to feminist scholarship through her work in child and family welfare, more specifically her research on kincare, family violence, women with disabilities, and family caregiving and support needs. Her scholarship related to social work education has addressed doctoral education, sex-role attitudes and career choices, mentoring new faculty, and a feminist informed framework for teaching social work and collaboration in higher education. As the Editor-in Chief of the Journal of Social Work Education, Deborah initiated a collaboration with the Women's Council to highlight feminist scholarship in a special topics issue. She currently incorporates a feminist perspective in solving conflict through her work mediating community disputes, leading Peace Circles in high schools, and using a restorative justice approach to address conflicts on campus.

Feminist Scholarship Award Winner: Susan Roll

Susan Roll, a doctoral candidate at the University of Denver is the 2009 Feminist Scholarship Award Winner for her paper titled The Coping Strategies of Low Income Women Using Work Support Benefits From a Socialist Feminist Perspective. Susan received her MSW in 1998 and worked in nonprofit administration for 10 years prior to enrolling in a doctoral program. Susan's research interests are in urban poverty, social networks of low-income women and public policy. She teaches master's level classes and is currently working on a study of welfare policy and financially vulnerable families in Colorado.