ISU professor named regional Social Worker of the Year

June 25 2007

Peggy C. Weber of Clinton, LCSW, ACSW, assistant professor and field coordinator for the department of social work at Indiana State University, has been named the Social Worker of the Year for Region 9 by the Indiana chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, or NASW. Region 9 includes Vermillion, Parke, Putnam, Vigo, Clay, Owen, Sullivan and Greene counties.

Weber teaches the full range of social work courses at ISU, from introductory to 400-level.

“At every course level, I emphasize to students the importance of practicing their profession ethically,” Weber said, “which includes having integrity and being committed to the values of the profession.”

In addition, Weber supervises all students in their field placements and research projects. Weber’s own recent research has included the evaluation of the local family drug court, and the evaluation of a family assessment tool for community agencies.

“Research is critical to advance the profession of social work,” Weber said. “We need to continue to evaluate current programs and services to ensure they are effective and meeting the needs of the community.”

Qualifications for the regional Social Worker of the Year award include an individual who: is a member in good standing; demonstrates leadership qualities; effectively integrates experience with education, personally and professionally, in an effort to help people; shows a willingness to take risks for improved social services, social issues and programs through advocacy for clients and/or the social work profession; is able to enlist public support for improved human services; has the capacity to contribute to the public’s knowledge of social work in a particular area of expertise; and represents the professional ethics of social work as defined in the NASW Code of Ethics.

Weber received her Ph.D. in social work from the University of Utah, her master of social work degree from Indiana University, her master’s in gerontology from ISU, and her bachelor’s degree in social work from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College.

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Dr. Peggy Weber, Region 9 Social Worker of the Year

CAPTION: Peggy Weber (center), assistant professor and field coordinator for social work at Indiana State University, receives the Region 9 Social Worker of the Year award from Debbie Stinson (left), Indiana chapter of the National Association of Social Workers Region 9 representative, and Josephine Hughes (right), chapter executive director.

CONTACT: Peggy Weber, assistant professor and field coordinator for social work, Indiana State University, (812) 237-8786 or pweber@indstate.edu

WRITER: Katie Spanuello, media relations assistant director, Indiana State University, (812) 237-3790 or kspanuello@isugw.indstate.edu

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Peggy C. Weber of Clinton, assistant professor and field coordinator for the department of social work at Indiana State University, has been named the Social Worker of the Year for Region 9 by the Indiana chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, or NASW.

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