Ruth T. Koehler Endowed Clinical Professorship in Children's Services

An endowed faculty position was established in honor of our esteemed colleague, Ruth Koehler, who was a master teacher and clinician. This unique appointment is dedicated to services for children and supports the School’s mission of advancing knowledge and practice in the area of clinical work with children through teaching, research projects, continuing education, and student mentoring. Independently, as well as with faculty colleagues, the Koehler professor contributes to advancing knowledge in the area of children's services with a defined research agenda related to children’s services along with the capacity to publish and the ability to gain external funding to support outreach and research activities.

The MSU School of Social Work prepares students for high quality ethical practice with children and families through its BASW and MSW programs. Consequently, the Koehler Professor is also committed to high quality and creative teaching at the baccalaureate and master’s levels. The Koehler Professor also mentors scholars and future leaders in our PhD Program in Social Work .

Michigan State University is the nation's pioneer Land Grant University with a commitment to outreach and community engagement, continuing education, and clinical leadership. The Koehler Professor contributes to the continuing education program of the School, serving as an advisor to the Koehler Lectureship and working with the School’s Chance at Childhood Program to prepare social workers and law students to work with children. There are also opportunities to work with global and diversity issues.

The Koehler Professor enjoys special and multiple opportunities for creative interdisciplinary teaching and research, community based studies, and involvement in neighborhood, agency, and governmental activities.