Saliwe M. Kawewe | Social Work | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Saliwe M. Kawewe


Saliwe Kawewe


Phone: (618) 453-3359

Saliwe Kawewe, Ph.D., M.S.W., B.S.W. Dr. Kawewe is a Professor and a former Director of the School of Social Work. Prior to this, she had had experience as Graduate Program Director. She has been a faculty member at SIUC since 1996. Dr. Kawewe obtained her Ph.D. from Saint Louis University in 1985; an M.S.W. from Brown School of Social Work, Washington University in Saint Louis in 1979; and a B.S.W. from the University of Zambia in 1974. Dr. Kawewe’s background experience is diverse and entails working in University administration in Zambia, social work practice as a Social Services Worker and Probation Officer in Zimbabwe; and in Child Welfare/ Protective Family Services in foster Care in the U.S. A. 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 50 publications including refereed articles, chapters and proceedings, Dr. Kawewe has attended numerous professional conferences and has made over 75 local, national and international presentations combined in the U.S., the Caribbean Islands, Asia, Europe, and Africa. She has been consulting editor for the Journal of Social Development Issues; and manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Social Work Education (JSWE); British Journal of Social Work; Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Services, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare; Open Social Science Journal; Journal of Language and Culture; and Gender and Development; and Advances in Social Work. 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; New Global Development: Journal of International and Comparative Social Welfare (now the Journal of Comparative Social Welfare). She is a regular reviewer of various book proposals and manuscripts for numerous textbook book publishers. Since 2007, Dr. Kawewe has been a regular Conference Proposal Reviewer for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Annual Program Meetings’ tracks such as Cultural Competence; Child Welfare; Violence against Women and Their Children; Social and Economic Justice; International Issues; Refugees and Displaced Persons; African Americans and the African Diaspora; Clinical Practice; Feminist Scholarship; Community Organization and Administration.

Dr. Kawewe has held membership in various professional associations. She has made presentations and chaired sessions at various professional meetings and organizations within her field as well as related disciplines such as the: International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE); National Women Studies Association(NWSA), International Federation of Social Workers (IFSW); International Council on Social Welfare (ICSW); International Association of Schools of Social Work; 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; Dr. Kawewe has also been a Faculty Advisor to various social work student organizations while participating in various committees at SIUC and elsewhere. These include Faculty Advisor for the SIUC African Student Council; Graduate Student Association of the School of Social Work, SIUC; and Social Work Student Alliance and the National Association of Black Social Workers Student Organization, SIUC  Dr. Kawewe has also been a board member of: Delmo Housing Corporation in the lower Mississippi Delta, MO; Southern Illinois District of the Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers; Southern Illinois HIV Care Consortium; the Global Learning Center;  board member-at-large and African Regional representative with the IUCISD.

Teaching Areas: Graduate: Graduate: Child Welfare (Children, Youth and Families) Policy and Practice, Ethnic, Human and Cultural Diversity, Social Work Practice (Children, Youth and Families I & II); Social Welfare Policy; Human Behavior and the Environment; Program Evaluation, Field Practicum Seminars I & II, and Social Work Practice with Groups. Undergraduate: Generalist Social Work Practice, Policy, HBSE, Social Group Work, Human Diversity, Ethnic-Sensitive and Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice; Practicum Seminar and Field Liaison.

Research Interests: Global Gender Disempowerment; Women and Children’s Human Rights; Third World Women’s Socioeconomic Development and Social Justice; International Child Welfare Policy; HIV/AIDS; Racial Subcultures and Ethnic-Sensitive & competence in Social Work Practice. Discrimination and Racism in the Academy.