The mission of the School of Social Work is to further social and economic justice, progressive social change, human dignity and personal freedom in a pluralistic society undergoing rapid
technological and social change. To this end, the School strives to provide leadership in undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, applied research, and both academic and community service
with support from public and private partnerships.
The School of Social Work advances the mission of the University and the social work profession through an undergraduate and graduate education program with a particular commitment to outreach to
the poor, the disenfranchised, and the vulnerable.
Within the guiding spirit of our mission statement, the philosophy of the School of Social Work at Illinois State University is as follows:
We believe that faculty, administration, staff, and students must share a common and well-articulated view of the future of our School and that
it is the responsibility of all to work toward this vision. A core component of this vision is academic freedom.
We believe that our School must be committed to excellence in research, teaching, and service to the community, and that it is the task of all
faculty, students, and administration to continually refine the measures of effectiveness of our research, teaching, and service.
We believe that the role of our faculty is to teach, to expand the boundaries of research, and to apply knowledge through community service to
local, national, and international problems and issues in a manner that is consistent with our School's vision.
We believe that the role of the administration of our School is to lead us in defining and setting up management structures that address our
School's needs; and to acquire and manage the resources necessary to move toward accomplishing our School's goals.
We believe in participatory decision-making; that is, all faculty, administration, and students have the right to participate and the
responsibility to seek and promote informed participation in School decisions. Input from students and the practice community will be sought on specific matters.
We believe in open communication.
We believe faculty and administration alike should be accountable and that performance should be linked with the reward systems of the
We believe that School decisions should be debated and formed within the framework of the governance structure.
We believe that all faculty members should be given adequate resources to conduct research, to teach, to do community service, and to promote
their professional development.