Honoring 100 for the 100th: Frank Pierce

Photo of Francis PierceDr. Francis Pierce, DSW, was the Director of the University of Oklahoma’s School of Social Work from 1971-1979. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, and obtained his Doctorate from the University of Southern California in 1966. Prior to coming to the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Peirce was an Associate Dean Professor in the College of Social Professions at The University of Kentucky. In 1966-1970, he worked as a professor at the Worden School of Social Service at Our Lady of the Lake College in San Antonio, Texas, and also worked as a Research Consultant in the Los Angeles Department of Public Welfare.

During his tenure as Director of the University of Oklahoma’s School of Social Work, the educational programs were expanded and strengthened. Throughout his time as Director, first year social work courses were offered on a part-time basis in Tulsa and Norman through the Advanced Program and the College of Continuing Education. Furthermore under Dr. Pierce’s leadership, the American Indian Social Work Education Program was operationalized in 1972 with NIMH funding, and the undergraduate program was accredited by the CSWE in 1975. Dr. Pierce visualized the establishment of a Center for Social Welfare Research, for which the University of Oklahoma was awarded its first research grant in 1976 wherein the research interest focused on American Indians and African American populations. Dr. Pierce is remembered for his development of “special projects of comprehensive models of services.”

Dr. Pierce continued as a professor at the University of Oklahoma until he retired in 1988. In 1984-1988, he was a consultant for the Hope House Youth Shelter in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Moreover, in 1981-1983 he was a group counselor on parent effectiveness at the Youth Crisis Center in Oklahoma City. While on Sabbatical, Pierce was a visiting professor at the School of Social Work at San Jose State University in San Jose, California.

Dr. Pierce continued teaching on a part-time basis until his death as a result of a traffic accident in 2000.

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