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Jane Costabile
Regents' Proceedings 381

Jane Costabile

M.S.W.

1962

1979

Professor Emerita of Social Work

Regents’ Proceedings, July 1979, Page 381

Jane Costabile, Professor of Social Work, has retired from the School of Social Work as of June 30, 1979.

Professor Costabile came to the School of Social Work in 1962 to participate in a demonstration and training project in group work with parents. She carried with her academic credentials of a B.A. degree from Alma College, an M.A. degree from the McCormick Theological Seminary, and an M.S.W. degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

She had excelled in the practice world in direct service and administrative positions in a variety of settings. Professor Costabile is recognized for her substantial contributions to the educational programs of the School of Social Work and for her outstanding service to the State of Michigan.

She taught primarily in the social work practice methods areas and was highly regarded by her students for teaching in the areas of group work and child welfare. She now leaves the position of Director of the Admissions Office of the School, where she has established a reputation for competent management and wise decisions.

She has served the State of Michigan through membership in the Michigan Youth Commission, the Advisory Committee on Children and Youth, and the Michigan Department of Social Services Placement Services Advisory Committee. She contributed to the rewriting of the Adoption Code of 1975 and to the establishment of policies for subsidized adoptions, making Michigan one of the pioneers in this area.

To each of these roles of teacher, administrator, special liaison to the Michigan Department of Social Services, School representative to the United Fund, Jane Costabile has demonstrated a level of dedication, service, and integrity that is exemplary.

The Regents now salute Professor Jane Costabile for her seventeen years of service to the University and to the cause of social welfare of the citizens of the State of Michigan by naming her Professor Emerita of Social Work.

Bio - The History of Social Work - Fellin

Jane Costabile was appointed to the faculty as lecturer in social work and the field director of a U.S. Children's Bureau-sponsored demonstration project of social group work with parents. Costabile held a B.A. degree from Alma College, an M.A. degree from McCormick Theological Seminary, and an M.S.W. degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Prior to coming to the school, Costabile had "excelled in the practice world in direct service and administrative positions in a variety of settings" (Board of Regents, 1979). She moved through the ranks to professor of social work, serving the school as director of the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. She also served the state government as chair of the Advisory Committee on Child Placement for the Michigan Department of Social Services. At the local community level, Costabile served as president of Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County. In 1979 the regents of the university saluted Costabile "for her seventeen years of service to the University and to the cause of social welfare of the citizens of the State of Michigan" by naming her professor emeritus.