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Social Work professor publishes paper

September 10, 2013

Joe Squillace, assistant professor of Social Work and the chair of the College’s Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, published a paper recently on the history of the MacMurray College Social Work Program.

 The article was published in the August edition of The Current  (click here, article on pg. 10), a monthly magazine by the United Methodist Church’s Illinois Great Rivers Conference, which covers the southern two-thirds of Illinois and includes Jacksonville.

 Social Work students Kady Darr and Jessica Wilson were named researchers on  publication. Darr, who graduated last year, is the daughter of David and Sandra Kroeschel of Medora. Wilson, a senior who is double-majoring in criminal justice, is the daughter of Elaine Young of Jacksonville and Kevin Lyons of Virginia.

 The article, titled, “Service, mission key parts to MacMurray’s social work program,” details the research Dr. Squillace and his students did last year on the 100 years of social work education at MacMurray.

 “One discovery,” the article states, “was that the Methodist emphasis on social activism and social reform created the atmosphere at MacMurray that students learned and developed character in, it allowed students to take interest in and pursue careers in social services, and led to the formation of a social work curriculum at MacMurray.”

 Dr. Squillace received his Ph.D. in Public Policy from St. Louis University; his Master’s of Social Work  from St. Louis University; and a bachelor’s in Philosophy from Fordham University. Prior to coming to MacMurray in 2011, he taught for 10 years in the MSW and BSW programs at St. Louis University. He is the author of numerous scholarly and advocacy publications covering Medicaid, dental and mental health care.


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