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Gasker named Pa. Social Worker of the Year

Oct. 31, 2012

Dr. Janice GaskerKUTZTOWN, Pa -Kutztown University professor of Social Work, Dr. Janice Gasker has been named Pennsylvania's Social Worker of the Year by the Washington, D.C.-based National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Gasker was honored at ceremonies at the organization's Annual Leadership Meeting in Valley Forge, Pa. in mid-October.

Gasker, a resident of Emmaus, Pa., is being recognized for her significant contributions to the Berks County area, her leadership with the university, its students and faculty, and for her work towards the passage of legislation related to the licensure of baccalaureate-level social workers in Pennsylvania.

At KU, she serves as the director for the bachelor of social work program and is involved with research related to the development of curricula and measuring student learning outcomes. She has professional expertise in work with developmentally disabled people, adolescents and families, as well as sexual abuse survivors.  She has been with KU since 1996.

Additionally, Gasker is president of the Pennsylvania Association of Undergraduate Social Work Education. She earned her doctorate in social work from the University of Pennsylvania. Her thesis was titled "Piecing Together the Puzzle: Social Work Group Members Fit Sexual Abuse Re-Collections into the Life Story."