Social Work Faculty News

Dr. Glotzer Presented at MAAAS & Selected to Receive the 2019 CFLE Special Recognition Award

Richard Glotzer

Dr. Richard Glotzer, professor of social work and interim director of the School of Nutrition and Dietetics, presented a paper titled, Lost in history: Abe J.B. Desmore & Emil Blume: How history informs the contemporary struggle of Southern Africa’s ‘coloured’ community’s political, cultural, and economic voice and power at the annual conference of the Mid-America Alliance for African Studies (MAAAS). The conference was held at the University of Kansas in Lawrence on Sept. 13-14, 2019. Dr. Glotzer is president-elect of MAAAS for 2020-2021.

Dr. Glotzer has also been selected to receive the 2019 Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE) Special Recognition award at the CFLE reception at the National Council on Family Relations’ conference in Fort Worth, Texas on November, 2019. This is to recognize his work promoting and supporting the CFLE credential at the University of Akron. In addition, his extensive work as a member of the original CFLE exam committee and ongoing contribution to the creation of subsequent test forms was considered. Dr. Glotzer has been a Certified Family Life Educator since 1997.

School of Social Work Represented at National Conference

Mark McManus at AAIDD Mark McManus at AAIDD

Dr. Mark McManus, Visiting Assistant Professor, was selected to chair the Social Work Interest Network Division of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) at the 143rd Annual Conference in Minneapolis. He hosted a luncheon at the conference in which attendees developed an annual plan focused on working with families to develop webinars and educational materials for social workers. Dr. McManus also moderated a discussion during the platform presentation of Data Projects of National Significance: Informing Policy and Practice through Research. The discussion on national statistics centered on residential and support services trends of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Additionally, he had a poster presentation titled: Vaccine Hesitancy in Parents of Children with Down syndrome (DS): Implications for Social Work. Children with DS are known to have immunodeficiency and are at increased risk of hospitalization or death due to vaccine-preventable infections. In the present study, structured qualitative interviews of 54 parents of children with DS explored the decision-making process and sources of information about vaccines. Social work implications to reduce vaccine hesitancy among parents of children with (DS) through research, policy, and practice were presented.


Dr. Sang Published Articles in Academic Journals

Sang Dr. Jina Sang, Associate Professor, published an article titled, A photovoice study on the bereavement experience of mothers after the death of a child in Death Studies in August, 2019. She and her colleagues explored explored the bereavement experience of Korean mothers after losing a child to cancer, using photovoice, a qualitative research methodology. She also published an article titled, Maternal Depressive Symptoms, Adolescent Daughters' Substance Use, and Father Residence in Minority Families in May 2019. This article was published in Substance Use & Misuse, which is a peer-reviewed medical journal covering substance abuse. In this study, she found that when fathers were involved in the daughter’s life, substance use was higher in adolescents of mothers with high depressive symptoms than in those of mothers with low depressive symptoms. 

Dr. Sang also received an Excellence-in-Teaching award through The University of Akron Chapter of The National Society of Leadership and Success (NSLS), Sigma Alpha Pi, in April, 2019. Her primary research interests center on parent-child relationships, children's mental health, and family stress.