Global Committee

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 ad-hoc Global Committee works with the SSW Global Engagement Coordinator, Viktor Burlaka, to provide international research and study abroad opportunities for faculty and students in the School of Social Work at Wayne State University. 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
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)
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

WSU International Student Resources General International Student Opportunities
WSU Office of Fellowships Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Critical Language Scholarship
WSU Office of International Students and Scholars  Peace Corps
Undergraduate Opportunities  
Fulbright UK Summer Institute Spolin Law Civil Rights and Criminal Law Essay Competition and Scholarship
Sophomore and Junior Scholarships
Barry Goldwater Scholarship
Udall Foundation Scholarship
Junior Scholarships
Harry Truman Scholarship
Senior and Recent Graduate Opportunities  
Boren Fellowship Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship Program
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program Rangel International Affairs Program
Fulbright The Rhodes Scholarship
Gates Cambridge Scholarship Samvid Scholars
The George J. Mitchell Scholarship Scharzman Scholars
Marshall Scholarship Spolin Law Civil Rights and Criminal Law Essay Competition and Scholarship
Payne International Development Fellowship WSU SSW Pamela G. Wojtaszek Witte Endowed Scholarship

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.

Other activities

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