In celebration of World Social Work Day (March 21, 2017), Social Work Education: The International Journal announced the top articles published in 2016-2017. Dr. Hui Huang, assistant professor at Florida International University’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, received the award for Best Empirical Article for “Is Social Work Really Being Recognized? Problems with Social Work Employment Opportunities in Mainland China,” a study she co-authored with Mr. Shiyou Wu (Chapel Hill, NC), Dr. Fei Sun (Phoenix, AZ) and Dr. Qiuling An (Shanghai).
[Photo: Dr. Hui Huang]
The article presents the team’s empirical exploration of the current development of social work employment opportunities in Mainland China, the problems therein, as well as potential solutions to each issue. According to the team, the three major problems in the current development of social work profession in China include inconsistency between government policy, social work education and available jobs; geographic disparities of the distribution of social work jobs; and mismatch between social work education and social work employment opportunities.
Their research proves that the social work job market has failed to address the increasing need for social work services for vulnerable populations in the rural and less developed areas of the China, and encouraged the government to invest more in building a social service infrastructure.
At FIU’s Stempel College, Dr. Huang is committed to collaborating with government agencies and helping stakeholders harness the power of data and evidence to develop practices and policies that improve the quality of life. In addition to receiving several grants from the Florida Institute for Child Welfare, Dr. Huang works closely with the Florida State Department of Children and Families, Department of Juvenile Justice, Our Kids, ChildNet, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and other agencies to conduct research.
Ms. Shiiyou Wu, Doctoral Candidate, School of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, USA; Hui Huang, PhD., Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, Florida International University, Miami, FL, USA; Fei Sun, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Arizona State University, Phoenix, AZ, USA; Qiuling An, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Social Development, East China Normal University, Shanghai, China
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