Ira C. Colby: Graduate College of Social Work - University of Houston
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Ira C. Colby

Professor of Social Work

Room: 419 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.


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

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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