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Dr. Nicholas Smiar
Professor Emeritus


Doctorate of Philosophy - 1989
    Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago
    Dissertation – Poor Law and Poor Relief in Zurich, 1520-1530:
    A Study in Early Modern Social Welfare Policy
Master of Social Work, 1973
   Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago
   Specialization: Combined methods, psychiatric social work
Master of Arts, 1968
   The Divinity School, The University of Chicago
   ABD: Dissertation title: The Ecclesiologyof Ulrich Zwingli:
   A Study in the Sociology of Religion (approved, 1969)
Bachelor of Arts, Classical Languages and Philosophy
   St. Meinrad College, St. Meinrad, IN
   Thesis: The Classical Sources on the Eleusynian Mysteries (1964)

Dr. Smiar has fifteen years of post-MSW practice in child and family welfare, child and youth care work, administration, and consultation/ training. He has taught social work part time and full time since 1976. He joined this faculty in June 1989, and served as Chairperson of the department for seven years..

Dr. Smiar is active in international child and youth care work and international social work, specializing in Switzerland, Germany, the Czech Republic, the Slovak Republic, and the Republic of South Africa. His areas of interest are social welfare history, community organization, social welfare policy, child and youth care work, international social work, social work ethics, and risk management/safety enhancement in work with assaultive clients. He does frequent continuing education workshops in ethics and boundaries for social workers.