Jay Miller named recipient of 2018 Sunny Andrews Award for Outstanding Commitment to Social Work Regulatory Board Service

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Lexington, KY. (September 12, 2018). The Board of Directors for the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) announced that Jay Miller, associate dean of research and associate professor in the College of Social Work, has been named the recipient of the 2018 Sunny Andrews Award

for Outstanding Commitment to Social Work Regu­latory Board Service. ASWB is the nonprofit organization composed of and owned by the social work regulatory boards and colleges of all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and all 10 Canadian provinces.

Miller currently serves as the Chairman for the Kentucky Board of Social Work (BSW).

“Dr. Miller is one of the leading experts in social work regulation,” said Florence Huffman, Executive Director of BSW. “He has used this expertise to be a tireless proponent of the BSW, social work licensing, and regulation in Kentucky.”

Since being appointed to BSW in 2014, Miller has developed several initiatives, most of which have centered on bridging the gap between educational institutions and regulatory entities. Notably, Miller has launched efforts to better prepare social work students for professional regulation. Miller has also conducted several seminal research studies examining social work licensing and education.

“This is a great honor for Jay and for our University,” said Interim Dean Ann Vail. “His knowledge about social work licensing is truly an asset to not only students here at the University of Kentucky, but to students around the Commonwealth.”

Recent reports show that College of Social Work graduates pass the social work licensing exam at rates above state and national averages.

Miller will be honored at the 2018 ASWB Annual Meeting of the Delegate Assembly in November, in Houston, TX.

About the College of Social Work

The University of Kentucky College of Social Work promotes community and individual well-being through its translational research and scholarship, exemplary teaching, and vital community engagement. The College is committed to the people and social institutions throughout Kentucky, the nation, and the world. The College, like the University, is an organization that cultivates a diverse academic community characterized by interpersonal fairness and social justice. The College is fiercely committed to developing outstanding social work professionals and scholars – leaders who will serve individuals, families, and communities through innovative and effective practices that are guided by cultural competence, systematic ethical analysis, and a keen and pragmatic understanding of the human condition. Read more about the College of Social Work at https://socialwork.uky.edu/.