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College of Social Work Inducts Former Dean into Hall of Fame

photo of Kay Hoffman with College of Social Work Hall of Fame award
Kay Hoffman

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 19, 2017) — The University of Kentucky College of Social Work inducted Kay Hoffman into their Hall of Fame on Friday, April 28, at the Signature Country Club.          

In 1999, the College of Social Work inducted its first members into the Hall of Fame. Since then, each year the college recognizes the distinguished accomplishments of alumni who have made exceptional contributions to the field of social work. These individuals are deemed outstanding in their profession by their colleagues and they are chosen by a committee of their peers.

Hoffman is a professor and former dean in the College of Social Work where she has served since 1998. She teaches in the MSW and doctoral programs and was the Dorothy A. Miller Professor in Social Work Education. Her scholarly work is in social work education, child welfare and international social work. Hoffman was president of the Council on Social Work Education, served on the Board of the International Association of Schools of Social Work and has served as visiting faculty at the University of West Arad in Romania and a senior scholar at the Council on Social Work Education (SWE). She became a member of the Kentucky Institute of Medicine in 2004 and was a member of the Leadership Advisory Board for the New York Institute of Medicine.

Hoffman is active in the local Lexington community serving as president of the board of the Plantory, an incubator for nonprofit organizations, and president of the Center on Human Entrepreneurship Solutions Group. She is a graduate of Ohio University, Ohio State University and Wayne State University in Detroit. She was a faculty member and academic administrator at Marygrove College, Wayne State University, New Mexico State University and Radford University in Virginia prior to her tenure at UK.

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