Ira C. Colby

 Dean Ira Colby

Dean and Professor of Social Work Email:
Room: 212 Social Work Building
Phone: 713-743-8085
Current Curriculum Vitae

Personal Statement:

The purpose of social work education is to develop and provide a quality, proactive educational experience that prepares individuals for competent, ethical social work practice. We approach matters not to confirm our beliefs but to discover new truths that support a community where all persons are able to participate and fully maximize their individual and collective capacities. Professional education centers on discovery and critical thinking as together we forge new practice models and promote more effective public policy.


1984 Doctorate of Social Work, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1975 Master of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia
1971 Bachelor of Science, Springfield College, Springfield, Massachusetts

Licenses & Certifications:

Academy of Certified Social Workers, Licensed Master Social Worker and Advanced Clinical Practicioner

Areas of specialization:

Social policy; macro social work practice political social work.

Courses Taught:

6351 – Social Welfare Policy;
8000 – Teaching in Social Work

Research Interests:

Issues related to the form and structure of social work education and the profession of social work. Also public policy matters related to justice in human services.


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