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Walla Walla University is a Seventh-day Adventist institution of higher education founded in 1892. A fully-accredited institution, WWU offers more than 100 areas of study in professional and technical programs and the liberal arts. 

The headquarters of WWU is located on an 83-acre campus in College Place situated in the Walla Walla Valley in Southeastern Washington state. The university also operates four satellite campuses, including a School of Nursing in Portland, Oregon, a marine biology station near Anacortes, Washington, and School of Social Work and Sociology campuses in Missoula and Billings, Montana. Learn more about WWU.

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Excellence in social work

Smith named Washington state Social Worker of the Year

Portrait of Susan Smith wearing a red dress.
Susan Smith, professor of social work and sociology, has taught at WWU since 1997.

The Social Worker of the Year award was presented to Susan B. Smith, professor of social work and sociology, at the University of Washington in Seattle on March 29 at a meeting of the Washington state chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.

The award, honoring an outstanding and influential social worker, reflects Smith’s years of service in the field of social work. The recipient must “make a demonstrable difference … and be willing to take risks to achieve outstanding results.” Some of Smith’s contributions to the community and to the field of social work have included working as a clinical social worker at University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, in Miami, Florida, working as a private practice clinical supervisor in Walla Walla, Washington, for several years, and then in 2015, becoming the dean of the School of Social Work and Sociology at Walla Walla University.

In her teaching, Smith specializes in mental health and direct social work practice, while her areas of research interest include leadership, mental health, and forgiveness. Some of her widespread community involvement includes serving on the board of directors as a volunteer for REACH in Tacoma, Washington, and on the Housing Groups Board in Walla Walla. Smith’s professional career exemplifies the qualities required for this award and demonstrates, through certain accomplishments, the profession’s best achievements and values.

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Posted May 20, 2019

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2019-2020 Distinguished Faculty Lecture

Debbie Muthersbaugh, Dean of the School of Education and Psychology

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2019 Christmas concert: Visitors

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All great stories must begin somewhere. Ours begins where the air is clear and where ideas, energy, and people do life—together.

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University magazine

Westwind, the magazine of Walla Walla University, is published three times a year (March, July, and November) to share news and information about WWU with alumni, parents of current students, and other friends of the university. 

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