University of Calgary

New Dean announcement

June 15, 2010

New dean announcement creates smiles across community

Jackie Sieppert, a U of C professor of social work for 17 years, steps into the role of dean July 1.
Photo credit: Riley Brandt
Faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners were delighted to learn that, on July 1, 2010, Jackie Sieppert will begin a five-year term as dean of the University of Calgary's Faculty of Social Work.

Both well-respected and well-liked on campus and in the community, Sieppert has been a professor of social work at the U of C for 17 years, and has served the faculty in diverse leadership roles, including as associate dean (academic) for the last year. He is committed to the faculty's vision to create social wellbeing and just societies, and is prepared for the opportunities and challenges presented to the faculty, staff and students as they strive to meet this vision over his term.

Sieppert says, "I'm both excited and humbled to lead the Faculty of Social Work. As an alumnus, I'm proud of my long history here and the ability this faculty gave me to call myself a social worker. As a long-time faculty member, I’m also aware of the remarkable university and community colleagues I work with daily. Together we will maintain and build upon the faculty's traditions."

Sieppert received his BSW in 1987 and his MSW in 1991 from the U of C and his PhD (Social Work) in 1994 from Arizona State University.

He has extensive and important publications to his credit, notably in the areas of social work education, accountability in human services, and community development in neighbourhood contexts. His reports have helped shape policy alternatives, locally and globally, related to the delivery of government social services.

Sieppert also contributes significantly to the community at large through active participation in human services boards and committees. He recently chaired the Board of Governors for the Distress Centre Calgary and currently sits on the Professional Social Work Education Board for the Alberta College of Social Workers.

"I'm very pleased to pass the torch to Jackie," says outgoing Dean Gayla Rogers. "He has served the faculty well for many years in many ways, and his wisdom, insight and good judgment make him ideal as the next dean. I wish him many years of success and happiness in his new role."

Sieppert is eager to get started in his new role and anticipates a great future for the faculty. "You can look forward to more outstanding research, innovative educational programming, and community involvement from us," he promises.

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