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Lynn Videka

Dean and Carol T. Mowbray Collegiate Professor of Social Work

Lynn Videka

Lynn Videka earned the B.S.N. degree with honors from the University of Illinois in 1972. She earned an A.M degree in 1976 and a Ph.D. degree in 1981 from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.

Dean Videka has a distinguished career in academic social work. Her research and teaching focus on families served by the child welfare system and persons with serious mental health disabilities. Her funded research totals over $11 million from agencies such as the Health Resources and Services Administration, the U.S. Children's Bureau, the National Institutes of Mental Health, and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.

Dean Videka was an extremely effective leader as a dean and vice president for research at the University at Albany, SUNY, and as dean of the Silver School of Social Work at NYU. As vice president for research, she facilitated the founding of an RNA Institute, and had oversight for eight university level research centers and institutes in atmospheric sciences, social sciences, life sciences, and information technology. As dean of the Silver School at NYU, she and the faculty rededicated the school to social justice at every level, strengthened the Ph.D. program, created sustainable global programs, instituted curricular innovations, and increased the school's engagement with New York's high need communities.

Dean Videka has been the dean of the School of Social Work since August 2016. Since coming to the University of Michigan, she has engaged the faculty, staff, alumni, students and community partners in a strategic planning process that has resulted in an ambitious strategic vision for the school to lead the entire social work field into the next generation of research, educational innovation and service. The plan is action oriented and will result in a budget realignment in the school. In 2016-17, she and the SSW faculty successfully hired seven new faculty. She led implementation of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Plan, naming a faculty and an administrative leader to position the school to achieve its DE&I goals. In terms of university service, she was a member of the Provost Search Committee, the Ford School of Public Policy’s Dean Search Committee. She serves on the Health Science Deans’ Council and the Institute for Social Research Executive Committee.

Research Interests/Focus

Peer-helping models for people facing life crises; the effectiveness of social work practice; prevention services, especially to mental health and child welfare populations


Year Degree   School
PhD Social Service Administration University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
AM Social Service Administration University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
BSN Nursing University of Illinois, Chicago
Year Description
2019 Edith Abbott Award
2018 Fellow to the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare
2015 Dongxi Memorial Lecturer, East China Normal University
2009 Distinguished Service Professor Emerita, University at Albany
2003 Visiting Scholar, Jungpa Institute and Hallym University, Korea
2002 Collins Fellow, University at Albany
2000 Visiting Scholar, Hallym University, Chun Cheon, Korea
2000 Visiting Scholar, Sofia University, Departments of Public Administration and Pedagogy
1996 Fulbright Research & Teaching Fellowship, Bourgas Free University, Bulgaria
1996 Social Worker of the Year Award, National Association of Social Workers, Northeast New York Division
1995 Distinguished Service Award, Disabled Student Services, University at Albany
1994 Visiting Distinguished Professor, State University of New York at Plattsburgh
1993 Cultural Diversity Advancement Award, Association of Minority Affairs, School of Social Welfare, University at Albany
1988 Visiting Scholar, Case Western University, Mandell School of Applied Social Sciences
1976-1978 Doctoral Fellowship awarded by the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration
1971-1972 Public Health Service Fellowship, United States Department of Health, Education and Welfare
1969 Amelia Erhardt Distinguished Student Award, Purdue University

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