The ad-hoc Global Committee is aimed towards providing international research and study abroad opportunities for faculty and students in the School of Social Work at Wayne State University. For students, the Global Committee aims to provide students with an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of both areas and global issues that are relevant to social work, such as poverty, violence, and so forth. It is intended to prepare students to participate as social workers and global citizens in a global society.
The Global Committee is led by Associate Professor Jun Sung Hong and includes members Assistant Professor J. Lloyd Allen, Associate Professor Viktor Burlaka, Associate Professor Erin Comartin, Assistant Professor Megan Hicks, and Assistant Professor Kristina Nikolova. The Committee aims to:
- Collaborate with global partners in research projects for publications, grants, and teaching through to exchange ideas, share research data, etc.
- Provide students at WSU and global partner universities opportunities to address social problems through an exchange of ideas
- Increase global visibility of the WSU School of Social Work through global activities
Faculty accomplishments related to international activities
Additional information will be forethcoming.
Prior and current international collaborators
|Medical University of Sofia |
|Canada || |
|Dalhousie University ||University of Toronto |
|University of Manitoba ||University of Windsor |
|South Africa |
|University of Pretoria |
|South Korea || |
|Ewha Womans [Women's] University (Seoul) ||Sungkyunkwan University (Seoul) |
|Pusan National University (Pusan) || |
|Zurich University of Applied Sciences (Zurich) |
|National Taipei University (Taipei) |
|Ukraine || |
|Institute of Neurology ||Ministry of Defence |
|Institute for the Protection of Children and Adolescents Health of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine ||Ministry of Veteran Affairs |
|Kharkiv Medical University ||National University Kyiv-Mohyla Academy |
|Kharkiv National University of Internal Affairs ||Odesa Medical University |
|Kyiv Drahomanov Pedagogical University ||Psychiatry and Narcology of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine |
|Kyiv Shevchenko National University ||Ukrainian Catholic University |
|Lviv National University ||United Nations Development Program Ukraine |
|Lviv Polytechnic University ||Vinnytsia Pedagogical University |
|Additional Collaborators |
|World Anti-Bullying Forum |
International student scholarships and opportunities
International research opportunities
Through partnerships between Wayne State University and other universities, faculty and students have the opportunity to participate in a monthly vritual meeting to discuss their research ideas and objectives. The long-term goal of these meetings is to publish in a peer-reviewed journal, obtain grants, or prepare for academic conferences in the U.S. or abroad.
Additionally, two faculty from WSU and two faculty from a partner university will visit each other's university for a week to explore their respective universities, centers, and cities.
International teaching opportunities
Faculty at WSU and partner universities have the opportunity to guest lecture (asynchronously) in each other's class. Wanye State faculty will present on topics relevant to students at the partner university with the goal of providing a Detroit and U.S. perspective. For instance, if the class is on child welfare, a WSU faculty member can present on child welfare-related topics such as maltreatment and foster care.
In conjunction, faculty from the partner university will present on topics relevant to WSU students, with the goal of presenting their country's perspective related to the topic. For instance, if the class at WSU is on human behavior in the social environment, the partner university faculty can present on a related topic such as elderly care.
The Pamela G. Wojtaszek Witte Endowed Scholarship provides awards to full or part-time Social Work graduate students who are in good academic standing and participate in the School's international field placement or international study abroad programs. In the event that there are no eligible students who meet the preceding criteria, then preference shall be given to eligible applicants with an interest in international social work who agree to become a student member of the Social Work International/Global Social Work Faculty Committee. Recipients need not demonstrate financial need. How to apply
The Global Committee is also working to recruit international students into the WSU Masters of Social Work (MSW) Program through website promotion and the development of faculty connections to international universities for student recruitment.
Additionally, the Committee is recruiting scholars abroad to participate in the Fulbright Program through website promotion and support outreach to international scholars. Visiting scholars would have the opportunity to collaborate with WSU faculty on research, present their research findings in brown bags or events, and present their research findings in WSU School of Social Work classes.
Jun Sung Hong, PhD
Associate Professor and Global Committee Chair