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January 6th, 2014

About the Bulletin

The Bulletin offers relevant notices, reminders, and deadlines for School for Social Work students. Students are encouraged to use the SSW Bulletin as a vehicle to post items that are relevant to their class or to the entire student body.

The Bulletin is updated weekly during the summer terms, and monthly throughout the fall and spring.

Next Submission Deadline: 1/30

We would like to invite students to use this vehicle to post items that are relevant to their class or to the entire student body. Submission deadlines are listed below:

Submission Deadline
To Be Issued On
January 30
February 3
February 27
March 3
April 3
April 7
April 17
April 21
May 1
May 5
May 22
May 27

Please note: The Bulletin will now be issued on a monthly basis throughout the academic year.


  • January - April, 2014 HBSE 332, Child Development, 10 sessions
  • January 20, 2014 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Observed Holiday – No Field Internship
  • January 23, 2014 Third Thesis Chapter Deadline: complete draft of two substantive chapters of the thesis due
  • February 1, 2014 Monthly Narrative and Statistical Report due to FFA
    Students doing quantitative projects should notify the research analyst.
  • February, 2014 Financial Aid award decisions begin going out; signed and completed paperwork accepting award and loan due back to SFS within 15 days of
    receipt of award
  • February 3, 2014 Anti-racism Assignment Proposal due to Field Department and FFA
  • Supervisor’s mid-year evaluation of the student

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Witt Kieffer Secured in Search for New SSW Dean
College officials have contracted with Witt Kieffer, a firm well recognized for identifying academic leadership - particularly in schools for social work, to assist them in the search for a Dean to succeed Dean Jacobs. A Search Committee is working closely with the firm to provide guidance and direction about the unique aspects of Smith's School for Social Work. The search committee includes representatives from the various SSW constituencies including: Marilyn Schuster, Ph.D. - College Provost and Search Committee Chair; Associate Dean Josh Miller, Ph.D., Joyce Everett, Ph.D. and Phebe Sessions, Ph.D. - SSW faculty representatives; Randy Frost, Ph.D. - Smith College faculty representative; Chris Vaugh, Ph.D. '06 - Alumni Representative; and Karen Tsai and Isaiah Jones - student representatives. The Firm has met with members of the SSW faculty, administration and staff, student and alumni groups, and members of the College in an effort to better understand the School's priorities and the qualities needed in a new dean to meet those priorities. Click here for more information.

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Second Summer Students
We would like to remind you that, if you have special scheduling needs in advance of BannerWeb registration in late March, there is a deadline. Please see for details. If you have questions after reading the information there, please contact

Second-summer students interested in waiving course 330, Child Development from Infancy to Adolescence in its Social Context, and taking 333, Developmental Deviations in Childhood and Adolescence, instead should consult the website at and meet the February 15, 2014, deadline. Course descriptions can be found at If you have questions after reading the information on those sites, please contact

Second and Third Summer Students

Check your mail for a postcard announcing BannerWeb registration in March. Complete information is available on the SSW website starting on the course registration pages at Remember to check your Smith email regularly for important notices!

To All Students
2013 Syllabi on Moodle
A Moodle page has now been created giving students access to syllabi from all Summer 2013 courses. It is titled "SSW Syllabi - Summer 2013". The page should appear in the course list on the left-hand side when one logs in. Please note that it may be listed toward the end of the courses. Any issues about accessing the page can be directed to Melissa Henry in the Office of Academic Support Services,

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January 24th Deadline Information For Thesis Students
Please submit completed drafts of acceptable quality of the introduction or methodology chapters (empirical thesis) or the first theory chapter (theoretical thesis) to the research advisor by January 24, 2014 at the latest. (the introduction and methodology will probably need to be revised as changes occur during the course of the study).

The Human Subjects Review application and related materials should also be completed, approved and submitted to the Human Subjects Review Committee on or before this date.

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Loan Forgiveness Program
The NASW has created a Loan Forgiveness FAQ page in an effort to help members navigate the student loan repayment options in Massachusetts and to offer assistance in answering commonly asked questions. Read more here!

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The Bulletin will remain in place as the main vehicle for important reminders from the School. These additional channels will provide opportunities for our community to stay connected and engaged throughout the year.