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Social Work Spotlight

  • Get to Know Jon Kratz

    What is your role in the School?

    I am an Assistant Clinical Professor on the Tulsa campus. 

    Have you always lived in Oklahoma? Or, are you a transplant? Tell us more! 

    I was born in Kansas, but moved to Brazil with my family when I was 3 years old. I moved to Oklahoma for my undergraduate education and have stayed here ever since.

    Where did you go to school? 

    Bachelors in Theology and Ministry from Southern Nazarene University (Bethany, OK) and MSW from OU-Tulsa.

    What are some of your favorite places you’ve worked, work you’ve done? 

    I've spent the majority of my clinical career working in forensic and outpatient settings. I am known to wax poetic about my experiences at the Phoenix Rising Alternative School. I also have fond memories from working with the excellent team at Daybreak Family Services.

    Why do you like working at OU? 

    I love teaching and am humbled to play a role in the education of some amazing new social workers.

    What motivated you to pursue your area of research? 

    Most of my research is pedagogical with a focus on the development of clinical skills in my students. The simulation lab is providing some exciting opportunities to explore new ways of teaching everything from Motivational Interviewing to suicide assessment and treatment

    What is your favorite thing about social work – or what surprised you about social work? 

    I love the manner in which social workers can promote positive change in society from micro level clinical work to mezzo and macro level leadership and advocacy.

    Do you have any hobbies? Please tell us about one? 

    If I'm honest, my favorite hobby is to unwind with at good video game. I also enjoy cycling.

    Tell us an interesting fact about yourself that few people know or that would surprise people? 

    I used to be a drummer in a world beat band.

    Learn more!

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  • We're Hiring

    The Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work is hiring a Tenure Track Assistant Professor on both the Norman and Tulsa campus. We will be screening candidates at CSWE-APM in Tampa. Application materials must include 1) letter of application and interest, 2) curriculum vita, 3) a minimum of three letters of reference, and 4) any additional materials to support candidacy.   Read More...

  • Simulation Lab

      Simulation uses standardized patients/clients (paid actors) to provide real life scenarios for social work students to practice clinical skills and techniques. The Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work has incorporated simulation throughout our curriculum using the OU-Tulsa Simulation Center. This has included simulation in child abuse, interprofessional team work, psychosocial assessment, family treatment, engagement, and medical social work.   Read More...

  • Continuing Education

    The Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work Program for Continuing Education strives to provide quality continuing education events for the social work community in the state of Oklahoma. Each semester, workshops are held in both Norman and Tulsa. You can always find a current list on the Continuing Education page of the website.   Read More...

  • Student Scholarships

      Each year the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work awards departmental scholarships to qualified students. This year 36 scholarships were awarded to both MSW and BSW students on both campus locations totaling over $33,000 in aid for students. To see more about our financial opportunities, please visit our tuition and assistance page.   Read More...

  • Faculty Research - Chloe Noyori-Corbett

      Oral presentation at the Asian Conference on the Social Sciences Dr. Noyori-Corbett attended the Asian Conference on the Social Sciences (ACSS) 2014, organized by the International Academic Forum, which was held between the 12th and 15th of June, 2014 in Osaka, Japan. She made an oral presentation of a paper titled “Transnational Advocacy Networks (TAN) as a Global Response to Human Trafficking in Japan”, which was co-authored with Dr.   Read More...

  • Summer Institute

      The Summer Institute is an annual week long experience hosted by the University of Oklahoma School of Community Medicine. Social work students have the opportunity to be immersed in Community Medicine alongside Tulsa faculty and fellow students in medicine, pharmacy, and nursing. As an integral part of the services that are provided in the patient centered medical home here at OU Physicians, students have the experience of interacting with patients and community members in a personal and ...  Read More...

  • Faculty Service - David McLeod

    Dr. McLeod represents OU at the NOFSW Conference in New York City David McLeod serves as an executive board member for the National Organization of Forensic Social Work (NOFSW). Forensic social work is the application of social work practice at the intersection of issues involving crime, law, and the court systems. This pertains to working in areas that address issues such as domestic violence, victim advocacy, survivor services in clinical mental health, mediation, juvenile justice, o...  Read More...

  • Social Media

    The Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work has some great things happening. We would love for you to keep up with us through any of our social media outlets: Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Are you an alumni?   Read More...

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  • Faculty CSWE Council Appointment

    Faculty member Dr. Karen Gray has been appointed to a three-year term as a member of the CSWE Council on Conferences and Faculty Development. As a council member, she will work to implement the Annual Program Meeting and regional conferences as well as setting policy guidelines for CSWE-sponsored faculty and development initiatives.   Read More...

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