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Memoir

Srinika Jayaratne
Regents' Proceedings 323

Srinika (Siri) Jayaratne, Ph.D., professor of social work in the School of Social Work, will retire from active faculty status on May 31, 2009.

Professor Jayaratne received his B.A. degree from the University of California, Riverside, in 1968, and his M.S.W. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan in 1971 and 1975, respectively. He was an assistant professor at Washington State University from 1974-76, and at the University of Oklahoma from 1976-79. He joined the University of Michigan faculty in 1979 as an associate professor of social work and was promoted to professor in 1987.

Within the School of Social Work, Professor Jayaratne served as assistant dean for research from 1990-93, associate dean from 1993-2002, and associate dean of faculty affairs from 2004-2008. In 2008, he was honored with a Fulbright Award to continue his research and study in Sri Lanka. His research interests included program and clinical evaluation; job satisfaction, work stress, and burnout experienced by social workers; ethics and professional conduct; and organizational behavior. He has served as investigator or co-investigator on over a dozen research projects, has published extensively, including journal articles, books, and book chapters, and has presented worldwide. Professor Jayaratne has served on numerous editorial boards and has been a valued contributor on the local, state, national, and international levels.

The Regents now salute this distinguished faculty member by naming Srinika (Siri) Jayaratne professor emeritus of social work.

Bio - The History of Social Work - Fellin

Srinika "Siri" Jayaratne joined the faculty with a B.A. degree from the University of California-Riverside, and an M.S.W. and a Ph.D. in social work and psychology from the University of Michigan.

Jayaratne came to Michigan following teaching positions at the University of Oklahoma and Washington State University. He taught courses on social research and on behavior modification, among others. His administrative roles at the school included assistant dean for research and associate dean for faculty and academic affairs.

He has been a visiting professor at Wilfrid Laurier University and completed a sabbatical at the University of Melbourne School of Social Work in 2003. Jayaratne's research has included studies of work stress on health and well-being of mental health practitioners, national surveys of social workers, and ethics and social work. He has served on the editorial boards of Social Work, Social Work Research and Abstracts, and the Social Work Dictionary, and he acted as consulting editor for Social Service Review, Advances in Social Work, the Journal of Social Service Research, the Gerontologist, and the Journal of Social Education. He is author (with R. L. Levy) of Empirical Clinical Practice (1979).

He is author of over seventy-five journal articles and book chapters and has presented papers at over fifty professional conferences. He was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship for 2008. He is a recipient of the school's Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award.