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University honors Dr. Kaiser for research with impact

Dr. Michelle Kaiser of the College of Social Work was recognized for research that “makes a difference in our daily lives” during the annual state of research address on Oct. 22 at The Ohio Union.

An assistant professor, Kaiser and her team of researchers from seven OSU colleges and schools are mapping areas of food insecurity in central Columbus so community and government leaders can direct resources to where they’re needed most.

Vice President for Research Dr. Caroline Whitacre noted that the fight against food insecurity is one of President Michael Drake’s priority issues for the university to solve, and she praised the interdisciplinary approach that Kaiser and her team have taken.

“The problems we are addressing are big, complex and important,” Whitacre said. “Solutions will require the collaborative efforts of scholars with very different perspectives. This is how we ensure that our work has impact.”

In a note to the faculty and staff of the College of Social Work, Dean Tom Gregoire said the recognition is “a reflection of Michelle’s work and leadership.”

“Many of you are undertaking creative work that will make a difference in the world,” he said. “I’m pleased to see some well-earned acknowledgement by our university. More is sure to come.”

The food mapping project is funded by the OSU Food Innovation Center. More information about the team and the project can be found at

Freisthler, Jarrott, Kagotho and Bowen join the CSW faculty

Making a great college better starts with enhancing its faculty, and The Ohio State University College of Social Work took a significant step forward recently when it announced the addition of four noted researchers. That, coupled with the reappointment of Tom Gregoire as dean for a 5-year term, builds on a vision of growth and stability as the College of Social Work pursues its long-range strategic plan.

The new faculty members bring years of research and practice to the college and an immeasurable commitment to their profession and the university.

Professor Natasha Bowen, PhD, formerly of the University of North Carolina at Chapel College of Social Work 304 Hill, conducts research to help teachers and school administrators understand the social environmental factors that affect students’ learning and behavior. She developed the Elementary School Success Profile (ESSP), a state-of-the-art assessment tool for students in grades three through five, and works with schools and districts to use ESSP data to determine how best to help their students succeed. Some of Bowen’s time will be spent contributing to the Research Methodology Center in Education and Human Ecology.

Visiting professor Bridget Freisthler, PhD, a UCLA faculty member for more than a College of Social Work 306 decade, uses community mapping to study how the availability of alcohol and illicit drugs affect neighborhood rates of child maltreatment. She is an expert in incorporating cutting edge spatial analysis methods through Geographic Information Systems, spatial statistics, and spatial econometrics. Freisthler will join the college in fall 2016.

Professor Shannon Jarrott, PhD, formerly of Virginia Tech, studies aging and how youth College of Social Work 307 and older adults can interact to benefit each other. She will lend her expertise to the Champion Intergenerational Center when it opens on the East Side this year. A university-community partnership, the center will serve as a model in the care of children and the elderly.

Assistant professor Njeri Kagotho, PhD, studies the short-term and long-range Kagotho 2015economic impact of chronic illness on vulnerable households. At Ohio State, she looks forward to creating adaptable programs that promote economic security for HIV impacted families in East Africa. She was most recently at Adelphi University.

College of Social Work Students & Staff Volunteer at Shalom Zone


A group comprised of Ohio State College of Social Work students and staff volunteered at the Shalom Zone on Saturday morning, October 3. They helped spiffy up the place and left it spick and span, just in time to start the fall season. Thanks for your hard work everyone!

The Greater Hilltop Area Shalom Zone is a group of residents and faith-based organizations operating in partnership with other non-profit entities, educational institutions and city and county government agencies to revitalize and improve the lives of the residents of the Greater Hilltop area of Columbus, Ohio.


The Online Advanced Standing Alternative Plan (ASAP) Program has been approved! Beginning October 15, 2015, students meeting the qualifications can apply for the very first cohort for this online program. This Online ASAP curriculum will be part-time, so students will complete this MSW degree in two years. The deadline for applications will be May 15, 2016 with a priority deadline of March 1, 2016.

Want more information about the Online ASAP Program?  CLICK HERE

During the month of November the College of Social Work would like to thank those who inspire us.

During the month of November the College of Social Work would like to thank those who inspire us.