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Saliwe Kawewe

E-mail: smkawewe@siu.edu

Phone: (618) 453-3359

Saliwe Kawewe, B.S.W., M.S.W., Ph.D.  Professor and Director of the School of Social Work. Dr. Kawewe is a Professor and former Graduate Program Director in the School of Social Work at SIUC where she has been a faculty member since 1996. She obtained her Ph.D. from Saint Louis University in 1985, an M.S.W. from George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in Saint Louis in 1979, and a B.S.W. from the University of Zambia in 1974. She has a diverse background experience entailing administration, child welfare, and social work practice in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and in the U.S. Dr. Kawewe has a commendable record of scholarship and has been recognized with numerous academic awards and honors for teaching effectiveness, community organization and professional service. In addition to publishing over 37 refereed articles she has attended numerous conferences and has made over 40 national and international professional presentations in the U.S., the Caribbean Islands, Asia, Europe, and Africa. She is a consulting editor for the Journal of Social Work Education (JSWE); Social Development Issues; Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Services, and the Open Social Science Journal. She has also served on the editorial boards of the National Women Studies Association Journal: NWSA, Journal of African Policy Studies; Journal of Women and Language. She is a regular reviewer of various book and journal manuscripts as well as abstracts for various professional conferences.


Dr. Kawewe has held membership, presented and chaired various committees and conference sessions in professional organizations both within her field and the related fields in which her research has largely focused such as: International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE); National Women Studies Association, International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW); International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW); International Association of Schools of Social Work; Peace and Social Justice Center of South Central Kansas; Consortium on International Social Development (formerly Inter-University Consortium on International Social Development); Council on Social Work Education (CSWE); and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She has been an active board member of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), International Commission; Illinois Hunger Coalition; Membership Committee of the Inter-University Consortium for International Social Development (IUCISD); Committee to Enhance Minority, Human and Civil Rights; Illinois Education Association-NEA Contract Negotiating Team Member for the SIUC Faculty Association;  SIUC AIDS Task Force; Advisor for the SIUC African Student Council;  and Graduate Student Association of the School of Social Work, SIUC; Dr. Kawewe has also been a board member of: Southern Illinois District of the Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers; Southern Illinois HIV Care Consortium; the Peace and Social Justice Center of South Central Kansas; the Global Learning Center; board member-at-large and African Regional representative with the IUCISD; a faculty advisor to various social work student organizations while participating in various committees at SIUC.


Teaching Areas: Graduate: Child Welfare Policy, Ethnic Diversity and Advanced Generalist Social Work Practice, Program Evaluation Research, Field Practicum Seminars I & II, and Social Work Practice with Groups. Undergraduate: Generalist Social Work Practice, Policy, HBSE, Social Group Work, Human Diversity and Ethnic-Sensitive Social Work Practice and Practicum Seminar(s) and Field Liaison.

Research Interests: Women and Children’s Human Rights; International and Child Welfare Policy; Third World Women’s Socioeconomic Development and Social Justice; HIV/AIDS; Racial Subcultures and Ethnic-Sensitive Social Work Practice.