Indiana University Northwest recently appointed a new Director to the Division of Social Work. Dr. Denise Travis will begin her new appointment as director on July 1, 2002.
Travis' affiliation with IU Northwest began during the summer of 1994, when she was contacted by the Vice Cchancellor of Academic Affairs at IUN and asked to teach the first class for the Master's of Social Work program. After completing her doctorate in 1998, Travis came on board as an assistant professor at IUN.
"It was a wonderful decision," states Travis. "I have received excellent evaluations in teaching, prepared students for presentations on the State level, participated on university committees and research projects, and organized workshops for new and graduating students."
Travis held several appointments at the South Bend and Northwest regional campuses. Between 1992 and 1997, Travis served as Lecturer of Social Work at both IU South Bend and IU Northwest. In 1998, she took on the new appointment as Assistant Professor of Social Work and is currently in this position until July 1 when her new appointment as director begins.
Dedicated to serving her community, Travis serves on several professional organizations including the National Association of Social Workers, National Association of Black Social Workers, Council on Social Work Education, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Travis received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work, MSW the University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work, and a BA in Sociology from Benedictine University. Her professional opinion and strong ability to present data is always in demand in the field of social work. Travis has presented information at over fifty conferences and workshops that include Women Affected with HIV/AIDS, The Adoption and Safe Families Act, A legislative Analysis, The Rise, Fall, and Potential of the Clinton Health Care Plan, and the Attachment and the Phenomenon of Disruption (Parts 1 and 2). In 2001, Travis also co-published a journal entitled Women Building Chicago 1790-1990, A Biographical Dictionary: Maudelle Brown Bousfield.
In addition to her assignment as Director of Social Work, Travis is also the Executive Director and Founder of Human Beginnings, Inc., an outpatient mental health center located in the Glen Park area of Gary.
"The combination of these two positions have added to my ability to provide expert theoretical and practice techniques for the students in the MSW program," says Travis. "It will also allow me to use my creative and organizational skills to improve the well being of many clients, community members and upcoming social workers."