Alumnus Completes Third Decade at University of Louisville

“SAE at Penn State provided a base of two important qualities that I used throughout my personal and professional life,” said Brother Terry L. Singer ’68. “First it supported my interest in leadership by providing links and opportunities for me to “step up.” Learning networking through social contacts helped me to develop my interest in organizing people around important issues and tasks. In fact, the city of Louisville designated me, among a few others, as a Connector, someone who has helped the city develop its potential by “getting people together for action.” I am really proud of that recognition because it is a quality that I value so much. The second quality was the importance of brotherhood. I came to understand that we were stronger as a group when we put time and energy into building the bonds of brotherhood. I took that learning beyond a group of men to organizational building, using the same principles applied in the fraternity. My life has been very rewarding, and I credit PA Alpha Zeta with help in facilitating my life goals and am grateful for the opportunity to spend a piece of my life with some really good men.”

Dr. Terry L. Singer was dean of the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville from 1997 and has now completed his third decade as a dean. He had previously been dean of the School of Social Work at Marywood University in Scranton, PA. At his recent retirement in July 2016, he was the most senior dean of social work in the country.  For more than a decade, he served as the national agent to arrange mentors for all new deans and directors of social work programs and is seen as an expert on social work education.

His previous employment before beginning in social work education includes work as a director of a private alternative high school, educational consultant, psychiatric social worker, and drug and alcohol abuse specialist, all in Pittsburgh. This work entailed various aspects of social work including work with street gangs in the inner city of Pittsburgh. These experiences served as the basis for his early research in addictions, and following that, his positions in social work education formed the context for his later work.

Dean Singer has served on a number of national professional boards and has published many professional articles and monographs on issues of sexual harassment, social work education, drug abuse, social work with refugees, and care giving problems in the workplace to name a few.

For the last decade, Dr. Singer has done extensive service work with the resettlement of refugees to the Louisville area. In one of the major refugee hubs in the country, Singer has worked with the city to shape policy and services to those who settle in the region.

Bio courtesy of Brother Terry L. Singer ‘68