School of Social Work Professional Advisory Board

Mission Statement

Approved April 17, 2020

The purpose of the Eastern Washington University Professional Advisory Board (PAB) is to support the School of Social Work students, faculty, and chair. The sharing of knowledge between the School of Social Work and the PAB allows for integration of classroom knowledge into field work and for developments in the field to be integrated into the classroom. For example, the PAB will provide updates on field needs, job opportunities, and social trends.

The PAB serves as a professional resource and provides guidance to support the School in maintaining high standards. The PAB is involved in curriculum. The School will regularly share the current curriculum, including practicum information, through faculty guests and other means. The PAB will advise on strengths, gaps, and opportunities for improvement. The members of the PAB will also provide networking support, assistance in obtaining local and state support, and support for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) reaffirmation process.

The PAB will meet one time a month during the academic year (September-May). Members are expected to attend a minimum of one meeting per quarter (fall, winter, spring). If a member cannot attend a meeting, they are encouraged to send a delegate. Members should have a BSW or MSW degree. Members are encouraged to commit to participating in the PAB for at least one year.

The PAB is co-chaired by the Chair/Director of the School of Social Work and a member of the PAB. At the March meeting, the Chair & Director of the School of Social Work will ask for co-chair volunteer. Information about volunteers will be shared with the membership prior to the April meeting. At the April meeting, PAB members will vote on a co-chair. Voting will take place using paper ballots. The co-chair’s tenure will begin in August and end in June. Co-chairs may be elected to multiple terms. Duties of the co-chairs include scheduling meetings, planning the agenda, chairing the meetings, and engaging with members.