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FSU Social Work Receives Army Contract

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FSU Social Work Department Receives Army Contract

The Department of Social Work  received a U.S. Army four-year contract for the Master of Social Work Program (MSW) at Fayetteville State University (FSU) to establish an off-campus MSW Program at the Fort Sam Houston military installation, which is located in Texas. Several major universities submitted proposals in response to the Army solicitation; however, FSU was selected as the partnering university. Dr. Brown is the Social Work Department Chair at FSU. The off-campus FSU MSW Program site is housed in the Army Medical Department Center and School (AMEDD C&S). This contract is the result of the Army Surgeon General’s, LTG Eric Schoomaker, request to establish a MSW Program that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The MSW Program at FSU has been accredited by CSWE since 2006. Opening the doors for FSU to establish an off-campus MSW Program site at Fort Sam Houston demonstrates how much the U.S. Army values the social work profession and that it views its relationship with FSU as an investment for the Army.

This is the first time the U. S. Army has partnered with a university within the University of North Carolina (UNC) system, and with a historically black college and university (HBCU) to establish an academic program at AMEDD C&S. In addition, the off-campus FSU MSW Program is the first social work academic degree program that is strictly for Army service members that is offered on a military installation.

On June 23, 2008, history was made when eighteen Army officers were inaugurated into the Fayetteville State University MSW Program during a ceremony at the Wood Auditorium, which is located in the U.S. Army Medical Command Building at Fort Sam Houston.

This award stems from the recognition that there is a dearth of social work officers in the current active duty Army inventory. The off-campus FSU MSW Program was developed as a result of the expressed desires of the U.S. Army to house an accredited MSW program that would increase the number of uniformed social work officers. The number of social workers in the Army has significantly decreased as a result of the recurring deployments related to the War on Terror. As the War on Terror continues, the immediate need for social work officers has become more pronounced. Active duty Army social workers are needed to effectively respond to the wounds of war that are inflicted on soldiers and their families. The U.S. Army’s recognition of soldiers and military dependents’ needs and the roles social workers can play in addressing some of those needs are notable.

Fayetteville State University currently has articulation agreements with Fort Bragg and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base to allow undergraduate and graduate students to pursue degrees. Because of the close proximity of FSU to Fort Bragg and Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, much of the military culture is embedded in Fayetteville State University. We understand deployments, military family advocacy programs, and different issues. i.e. separation, post-traumatic stress disorders, battle mind, etc. that troops and their families; As a result, one of the major objectives of the MSW Program is to integrate throughout the social work curriculum the culture and core values of soldiers and military families. These characteristics distinguish us from other MSW Programs in the country and will serve as an asset to the U.S. Army.  Active duty Army soldiers, who are interested in the off-campus FSU MSW Program, must meet the admission requirements of Fayetteville State University and Army Long-term Health Education and Training.

For more information, please contact Dr. Dexter Freeman, Assistant Director, Army Medical Department Center & School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas at 210-221-6158 email:  dexter.r.freeman.civ@mail.mil or Dr. Terri Moore Brown, Social Work Department Chair, at 910-672-1210/1853 email: tmbrown@uncfsu.edu.

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