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Sallie Churchill
Regents' Proceedings 142

Sallie R. Churchill, professor of social work in the School of Social Work, retired from active faculty status on May 31, 1996, after 28 years of service to the University of Michigan.

Professor Churchill received her B.A. and M.S.W. degrees from the University of Minnesota in 1949 and 1954, respectively, and her Ph.D. degree from the University of Chicago in 1970. Following completion of her M.S.W. degree, she worked as a senior psychiatric social group worker in a child guidance center and as a clinical instructor in child development at the University of Pittsburgh.

She joined the faculty of the School of Social Work as an assistant professor in 1964. In 1967, she left the University to pursue her doctoral studies, returning in 1970. She was promoted to associate professor in 1971 and to professor in 1976.

Professor Churchill has contributed enormously in the area of group work, specifically with children and adolescents, adoption, and the counseling of minors. She was a pioneer in the field of child abuse and neglect. She regularly taught courses on working with children and adolescents and has published on the rights of female adolescents, children's groups, and the disruption of adoption placements.

She was an active member of the Interdisciplinary Project on Child Abuse and Neglect. Her commitment to children has been unfailing, as demonstrated by her academic and research activities and extensive volunteer work. Professor Churchill has also been one of the school's most beloved teachers encouraging, inspiring, and supporting the students who have known her as a teacher, researcher, clinician, and humanitarian. Students cite her ability to make concepts come alive through her clear explanations of theory and through illustrations drawn from her rich practical experiences.

The 1996 graduating class honored her at its graduation ceremony, noting that "...we are proud to say we were lucky enough to have attended the University of Michigan School of Social Work before Sallie Churchill retired."

Professor Churchill is an esteemed faculty member who has had a significant impact on the lives of many students and who has worked diligently to improve human service programs. In recognition of her many contributions, she was presented with the Distinguished Faculty Award by the School of Social Work Alumni Board of Governors in October 1995.

The Regents now salute this faculty member by naming Sallie R. Churchill professor emerita of social work.

Bio - History of Social Work - Fellin

Sallie Churchill joined the faculty as assistant professor, having earned B.A. and M.S.W. degrees from the University of Minnesota and having worked as a psychiatric social group worker in a child guidance center and as a clinical instructor in child development at the University of Pittsburgh.

In 1967 she left the school to pursue doctoral studies at the University of Chicago, completing her Ph.D. degree in 1970. At Michigan "she contributed enormously in the area of group work, specifically with children and adolescents, adoption, and the counseling of minors" (Board of Regents, 1996). Recognized as an outstanding teacher and mentor, Churchill was presented with the Distinguished Faculty Award by the School of Social Work Alumni Board of Governors in 1995.

In naming Churchill professor emeritus, the regents noted that "Professor Churchill has also been one of the school's most beloved teachers, encouraging, inspiring, and supporting the students who have known her as a teacher, researcher, clinician, and humanitarian." Professor Churchill currently resides in Ann Arbor.