Davis, Liane

Liane
Davis, PhD
Year Inducted: 
1996
Liane Davis
Highlights: 
  • Recognized by the Council on Social Work Education as an Outstanding Social Work Educator
  • Associate Dean of Academic Programs in the School of Social Welfare
  • Author of book  Building on Women's Strengths: An Agenda for the 21st Century
  • National Chair of the Association of Social Worker’s Committee on Women's Issues
Biography: 

Describing Liane Davis, Ra Willits, former Office Specialist in the School of Social Welfare, spoke of her fundamental inclusiveness: "[She] included all women in her quest for a bright future."  The late Dr. Liane Davis contributed significantly to the field of Social Work through her research, articles and books, focusing on the areas of domestic violence, feminist research, and women and welfare.  Her book, Building on Women's Strengths: An Agenda for the 21st Century, illustrates her philosophy about women's roles in contemporary society.  Through her scholarly work, she helped to change the consciousness of many in her field. 

Dr. Davis' leadership at the University was evident in her appointment as Associate Dean of Academic Programs in the School of Social Welfare.  Moreover, she made an enormous impact through her teaching, and she was recognized by the Council on Social Work Education as an Outstanding Social Educator.  According to her colleague, Alice Lieberman, "She was the most positive, optimistic person, never ready to throw in the towel on the good fight.  She was everything we should be enabling our students to become."  Her student, Jennifer Propp, said, "She was a woman of great vision, vibrancy, and volition.  Her energy and passion were contagious, a contagion that changed the lives of those around her."

Dr. Davis served tirelessly in the local community, state, and on national levels through her work on the Advisory Board of Women's Transitional Care Services, the Board of Directors of Kansas National Association of Social Workers, and as the National Chair of the Association's Committee on Women's Issues.  According to Ann Weick, former Dean of the School of Social Welfare, "At the center of all of Liane's work was a passionate commitment to women's well-being.  She used her own voice to support the voice of disenfranchised and forgotten women.  Her clarity of focus and her endless energy on their behalf flowered in untold wa ys, changing the lives of all who experienced her vibrant resolve.  Her work and her life has left a legacy which deserves to be recognized."  Through her passion and energy, Dr. Liane Davis advocated for and with women; enlightened the field of Social Welfare; and transformed lives of many.  Although her untimely death was a loss to us all, her unyielding, bright spirit will live on.


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