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"Mr. Hollowell Didn't Like That" (Prof. Emeritus Maurice Daniels)

UGA School of Social Work holds reception in honor of Dr. Maurice Daniels

Dean Maurice Daniels delivers 2016 Spring Commencement Address

Social Work Dean Maurice Daniels to give UGA’s graduate Commencement address
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Dean Daniels receives Dr. Ray MacNair Lifetime Achievement Award
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Dean Maurice Daniels discusses Donald L. Hollowell
On Second Thought, Georgia Public Broadcasting

UGA Social Work Dean Maurice Daniels to step down after a decade of leadership
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Book review: "Saving the Soul of Georgia"
The Journal of American History, Vol. 101, No. 4

Book Review: "Saving the Soul of Georgia",
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"Saving the Soul of Georgia" tells story of pioneering civil rights lawyer
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UGA social work dean honored by Indiana University with distinguished alumni award
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Maurice C. Daniels

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(706) 542-5424
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Athens, GA

Teaching Specialties
Civil Rights
Community Practice
Grant Writing and Program Development

Research Interests
Civil Rights
Social Justice
Community Empowerment

Maurice C. Daniels

Professor Emeritus
Ed.D., Higher Education Administration, Indiana University
MSW, Indiana University
B.A., Psychology, Indiana University

Maurice C. Daniels is co-founder and director of The Foot Soldier Project for Civil Rights Studies, which was established in 1999. From July 2005 through June 2016 he served as dean of the University of Georgia School of Social Work. As dean, Daniels advanced interdisciplinary scholarship and social justice through the development of new degrees, endowed professorships and a research center. During his tenure, the school created dual master’s of social work degrees in law, public health and divinity—each one a first for the state of Georgia. He also promoted the endowment of two professorships: the Donald L. Hollowell Distinguished Professorship of Social Justice and Civil Rights Studies—the university’s inaugural distinguished professorship named for an African American—and the Georgia Athletic Association Professorship in Health and Well-Being. In addition, he ushered the creation of the interdisciplinary Center for Social Justice, Human and Civil Rights.

Prior to becoming dean, Daniels served as associate dean, director of the Master of Social Work degree program, and director of the Patricia Roberts Harris Fellowship Program at UGA.

Daniels is the author of Saving the Soul of Georgia: Donald L. Hollowell and the Struggle for Civil Rights (University of Georgia Press, December 2013), and Horace T. Ward: Desegregation of the University of Georgia, Civil Rights Advocacy, and Jurisprudence (Clark Atlanta University Press, 2001). Howard University Press reissued a classic edition of Horace T. Ward in 2004. He is the executive producer of four critically acclaimed public television documentaries including Donald L. Hollowell: Foot Soldier for Equal Justice, which originally aired on Georgia Public Broadcasting in 2010.

Daniels’ scholarly articles and national conference papers focusing on civil rights and social justice have appeared in the Journal of Social Work Education, Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Human Services in the Rural Environment, Georgia Law Review and other scholarly journals and volumes. He was principal investigator or co-principal investigator on extramural grants funded by the United States Department of Education and the National Institute of Mental Health.

Honored repeatedly for his research, teaching, and service, Daniels is the recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Love of Learning Award, the Indiana University School of Education Distinguished Alumni Award, Athens Area Habitat for Humanity Outstanding Service Award, the Athens-Clarke County NAACP Freedom Fund Award, and several awards at UGA, including the President’s Fulfilling the Dream Award, the Institute for African American Studies Founder’s Award, the Center for Teaching and Learning’s Senior Teaching Fellowship, the School of Social Work’s Outstanding Research Award, and a number of Black Faculty and Staff Organization Outstanding Achievement Awards.  The 113th General Assembly of the  Indiana House of Representatives also honored Daniels with House Resolution No. 74, which recognized his "accomplishments in the areas of civil and human rights and social justice."

Daniels holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master's degree in social work, and a doctoral degree in higher education from Indiana University. In addition to his scholarly work, he is active in civil rights and social reform organizations. He is co-founder of Athens Area Habitat for Humanity, co-founder of the UGA Black Faculty and Staff Organization (BSFO), and played a key role in the establishment of the UGA Institute for African American Studies, Department of Minority Services and Programs, and Office of Institutional Diversity. Daniels is a life member of the National Association for the Advanced of Colored People (NAACP), the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.