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Teacher of the Year


Michael Reisch, PhD, MSW, MA

Michael Reisch, PhD, MSW, MA

Michael Reisch, PhD, MSW, MA
School of Social Work
Daniel Thursz Distinguished Professor of Social Justice

The first person to hold an endowed chair at the School of Social Work, Dr. Reisch has taught eight different doctoral-level courses and 15 different MSW courses in his 13-plus years at the school. He also has supervised numerous doctoral students, frequently served on dissertation committees, and mentored many MSW students.

Dr. Reisch has a reputation among students as a brilliant and charismatic teacher, who is demanding yet fair. His courses are generally oversubscribed, and he consistently receives outstanding evaluations, earning the Student Government Association Exemplary Faculty Award in spring 2011 and the Dean’s Teaching Award in fall 2011, fall 2013, and spring 2014 with more than 95 percent of students rating him at the highest level. He also has played a leadership role in strengthening the school’s curriculum and chaired the program committee for its 50th anniversary celebration.

He is widely recognized both nationally and internationally as one of the leading social work scholars in the U.S., with a particular reputation for integrating his scholarship into his teaching and public service. He is the author of nearly 30 books and monographs and more than 400 other publications and papers. His work has been translated into Bulgarian, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish and he has lectured widely in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Latin America.

In 2013, Dr. Reisch received the Social Work Educator of the Year award from the Maryland Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and in October 2014 he will receive the Significant Lifetime Achievement Award from the field’s most recognized organization, the Council on Social Work Education.