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SSWA (for BSW students)
The undergraduate Student Social Work Association (SSWA) is devoted to creating a positive educational and social atmosphere for social work students. The extracurricular activities enhance students' professional development as social workers. SSWA meets on a monthly basis, and announcements about scheduled meetings are made in social work classes. Membership dues are $10 per academic year, and membership is open to all declared social work majors and minors. An SSWA membership allows participation in all SSWA sponsored activities and committees and provides opportunities:
- to practice leadership skills by becoming an officer in the organization.
- to increase awareness of social and ethical issues while engaging in a hands-on experience in solving problems in today's society.
- to serve on departmental committees as a student representative.
If you wish to become a member, please complete the Membership Application and then turn the application and your dues into one of the officers or to the SSWA mailbox in Lyle House. Please see the information below for the list of current officers.
SSWA 2016-2018 Officers
- President - Justin Grant
- Vice-President - Kathryn Bennett
- Treasurer - Madison Taylor
- Public Relations Officer - Miranda Anderson
- Secretary - Jocelyn Gunter
Dr. Karen Cummings-Lilly
CCB Rm 312B
Master of Social Work Student Association
The mission of the MSWSA is to advocate for and collaborate with ETSU campus causes, educate students about Social Work (through such avenues as raising community awareness of social work, what social workers do, and a bulletin board in Rogers-Stout), and donate our time to help our ETSU community as well as the greater Tri-Cities community.
2016-2017 MSWSA Officers
Through Knowledge - The Challenge is to Serve
The purpose of Phi Alpha Honor Society is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.
Benefits of Membership
- Membership to a nationally recognized organization that supports high standards in social work education
- Participation in scholarly activities and social action events
- Working alongside student colleagues and professors to create a scholarly environment
- Individual Scholarship Opportunities
- Being honored with a certificate and honor cord at an induction ceremony prior to graduation
- Chapter Service Award participation with monetary recognition
- Potential recognition in the New Social Worker Magazine
- Access to a list-serv to allow networking with Phi Alpha members across the country.
Nu Chapter Qualifications for Undergraduate Membership
An undergraduate student is eligible for membership after achieving the following local chapter requirements.
- Declared Social Work as a Major
- Achieved junior status.
- Completed 12 semester hours of required social work courses.
- Achieved an overall GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.
- Achieved a 3.50 GPA in required social work courses.
National Qualifications for Graduate Membership
A Graduate student is eligible for membership after achieving the following national requirements and meeting local chapter requirements.
- Completed one term of course work with the minimum number of social work credits as determined by local chapter.
- Achieved a minimum GPA of 3.5 based on a 4.0 scale.
- Local chapters may establish higher eligibility requirements.
Please note that all memberships are obtained through Nu Chapter of Phi Alpha.
Individual Lifetime Memberships are $20.00
For further information contact:
Michael Burford, PhD, LCSW
Phi Alpha Chapter Advisor
Department of Social Work
Campus Center Building Room 317A
Johnson City, TN 37614