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Ellett Named Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Public Child Welfare; Elected Society for Social Work Research Secretary for Second Term


ellettPosted March 1, 2011
Reported by Emily Williams

In a national search, Associate Professor Alberta J. "Bert" Ellett was selected by Taylor and Francis Group as editor-in-chief of the Journal of Public Child Welfare. Ellett served as co-editor from 2007-2010.

"It has been exciting to have some input about the direction that the research in the field is going," Ellett said. "It's a lot of work, but it has helped me meet up-and-coming researchers and scholars in academia."

The Journal of Public Child Welfare was established in 2004 to address a shortage in publication outlets for researchers in child welfare. The journal has grown over the years, but Ellett plans to grow it even more.

"My goal is to continue to improve the quality of the articles that are submitted and published as well as to help move the journal to become a top tier journal. I also plan to increase circulation and readership. We are trying to get the attention of child welfare administrators to use the journal," she said.

Ellett's strategy to attain these goals includes restructuring the editorial board and pursuing innovative measures such engaging public child welfare administrators as well as international researchers in the journal's readership as well as becoming contributors and members of the editorial board.

Ellett's main area of research focuses on professionalizing the child welfare workforce, which has become an emerging field in social work research. She is a nationally recognized expert in child welfare and recently received the 2010 Council on Social Work Education's Distinguished Recent Contributions in Social Work Education Award and was re-elected secretary of the Society for Social Work Research.

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Elected Society for Social Work Research Secretary for Second Term

Posted March 1, 2011
Reported by Emily Williams

Associate Professor Alberta J. "Bert" Ellett recently was elected to a second-term as secretary of the board of directors for the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR), an international, professional organization promoting the advancement of social work research.

"It is a wonderful opportunity to serve with an elite group of social work researchers from around the country and to get to know them," Ellett said.

Ellett's 3-year-term began in February. Her goals for her role this term are to increase membership in the organization and encourage more scholarly contributions from members, expand the influence of SSWR on public policy and the social work profession, strengthen the role of research and evidence-based practice on future generations of social work professionals and advocate for increased funding for social work research.

"My vision is strongly grounded in my belief that basic and applied research leading to evidence-based practice can improve the lives of vulnerable populations and the larger society," she said.

SSWR was founded in 1994 to advance social work research around the world and to promote human welfare through research. Members represent more than 200 universities and research institutions in 45 states and 15 countries.

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