UK College of Social Work Dean Justin “Jay” Miller Receives Western Kentucky University CHHS Alumni Achievement Award  

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In honor of his contributions to the field of social work, University of Kentucky College of Social Work Dean Justin “Jay” Miller has been chosen to receive the Western Kentucky University College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) Alumni Achievement Award.  

Dean Miller is the first recipient of the annual award to honor a graduate of the school who has made outstanding achievements in areas including professional accomplishments related to the school’s mission, demonstrated leadership, and unique and substantial public service which merit recognition and reflects positively the university.  

“I am extremely honored and humbled to receive this inaugural award,” said Miller. “This recognition is really a testament to the good folks I have had the privilege to work alongside.  

Miller was appointed Dean and Dorothy A. Miller Research Professor in Social Work Education in July 2019.

Throughout his career, Miller has been dedicated to a host of social issues and community outreach. His research and academic interests focus on child welfare, tech-based practice modalities, and self-care and wellness. His work has shaped a myriad of policies and practices in state, national, and international contexts. Dean Miller is a past recipient of the Paul Grannis Award, the Sunny Andrews Award for Regulatory Board Service, and the Supporting the Workforce Award from the United States Children’s Bureau, among other awards and recognitions. 

For 85 years, the University of Kentucky College of Social Work (CoSW) has been a leader in social work education. As a college, we promote community and individual well-being through translational research and scholarship, exemplary teaching, and vital community engagement. We are committed to the people and social institutions throughout Kentucky, the nation, and the world. Like the University, CoSW is an organization that cultivates a diverse academic community characterized by interpersonal fairness and social justice. We are fiercely committed to developing outstanding social work professionals — leaders who will serve individuals, families, and communities through innovative and effective practices that are guided by cultural competency, systematic ethical analysis, and a keen and pragmatic understanding of the human condition.  

UK College of Social Work Dean Justin “Jay” Miller Receives Western Kentucky University CHHS Alumni Achievement Award