Weick, Ann

Ann T.
Weick, PhD
Year Inducted: 
1992
Ann Weick
Highlights: 
  • Nationally recognized as one of the most thoughtful and articulate scholars in the profession of social work
  • Co-edited one of the earliest and most influential social work books on women
  • Conceived and developed theoretical models currently shaping the field of social work
  • Dean of the School of Social Welfare, the only female academic Dean at the University of Kansas at the time
  • Chair of the Task Force on Racism, Discrimination, and Human Diversity
  • Chair of the Lawrence Alliance to create a discrimination-free community
Biography: 

“Hers are a mind and spirit which give and which thereby become models for others,” said Elizabeth Schultz, Professor of English.  Dennis Saleebey, colleague and spouse, says, “The belief in the resilience and strengths of all people; the concern for the realization of social justice for the oppressed, the commitment to the transcendent possibilities in each human spirit; and the appeal to the basic decency in each of us; all have been a part of her professional commitments and activities as well as her orientation to the daily round of her busy life.”

Dr. Ann Weick is nationally recognized as one of the most thoughtful and articulate scholars in the profession of social work; her scholarship has been described as “always being ahead of its time.”  She co-edited one of the earliest and most influential social work books on women.  Dr. Weick conceived and developed theoretical models which are currently shaping the field of social work.  As Dr. Saleebey noted, “She has been in the forefront of those who advocate an approach to social work practice based on the strengths of clients.”

Dr. Weick, at the time the only female academic Dean at the University of Kansas, provides leadership for the School of Social Welfare.  During her first five years as Dean, the School has been ranked in the top five of all schools of social work in scholarly productivity and has been recognized for its proactive role in the development of social policy for the State of Kansas.  She has increased minority enrollment and graduation; her presence has helped attract several outstanding new women faculty members and doctoral students.  Charles Rapp, Professor and former Associate Dean of the School, says, “Her passion for human dignity and social justice has helped create an academic unit that is marked by its collegiality and unity.  Her commitment to feminist ideals has enriched our curriculum and flavored our scholarship.  She is not just a role model for women; she is a role model for us all.”

Dr. Weick also provides invaluable service to the community.  She brought her tact, skill, wisdom, and basic belief in the strength of individuals to her role as Chair of the Task Force on Racism, Discrimination, and Human Diversity.  Her leadership in an emotionally charged environment was hailed for its fairness and focus.  Dr. Weick continues to demonstrate her commitment to hearing diverse voices as chair of the Lawrence Alliance, whose mission is to work towards the creation of a discrimination-free community.


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