Applications and nominations are invited for The John A. Tate Distinguished Professorship for Children-in-Need, an endowed professorship in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Nominees and applicants must have proven leadership in research, teaching, and practice. Candidates must have a PhD degree in social work or a related field. Above all else, the applicant must bring an informed concern and scholarly discipline to teaching and research about the whole child including individual, family, school, community, and other contextual factors that influence child development and well-being. Such a holistic perspective transcends disciplinary boundaries to include a focus on broader social issues such as family stability and competence, health, poverty, education, child care, mental health, and intergenerational relations. Expertise in intervention research, prevention science, and implementation science is highly desirable.
The Chair was endowed by John A. Tate, Jr. and friends in memory of Mr. Tate’s father, who attended the University of North Carolina in the late 1890s. A retired businessman, John A. Tate, Jr. was a former member and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He chaired the School of Social Work’s Board of Advisors. Throughout his adult life, Mr. Tate was associated with efforts to transform child and family services to improve developmental outcomes for children. A tireless friend and worker on behalf of children, he was a strong believer in the responsibility and obligation of the educated and the socially and economically advantaged to engage demonstrably in helping others. In characteristic style, Mr. Tate’s preference for making complex ideas simple but relevant is apparent in his choice of a title for this distinguished professorship. By choosing a focus on children-in-need, the scope of the Chair is lifted above the narrow and often constraining ways of labeling children and their problems.
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