Sallie R. Churchill joined the faculty in 1964 as assistant professor. In 1967 she left the university to pursue her doctoral studies, returning in 1970. She was promoted to associate professor in 1971 and to professor in 1976. She was named professor emerita in 1996.
Professor Churchill has contributed enormously in the area of group work, specifically with children and adolescents, adoption, and the counseling of minors. She was a pioneer in the field of child abuse and neglect. She regularly taught courses on working with children and adolescents and has published on the rights of female adolescents, children's groups, and the disruption of adoption placements. She was an active member of the Interdisciplinary Project on Child Abuse and Neglect. Her commitment to children has been unfailing, as demonstrated by her academic and research activities and extensive volunteer work.
Professor Churchill has also been one of the school's most beloved teachers--encouraging, inspiring, and supporting the students who have known her as a teacher, researcher, clinician, and humanitarian. Students cite her ability to make concepts come alive through her clear explanations of theory and through illustrations drawn from her rich practical experiences. In recognition of her many contributions, she was presented with the Distinguished Faculty Award by the School of Social Work Alumni Board of Governors in October 1995.
Group work with children, child abuse and neglect, and adoption.