Distinguished Research Award

2016-17 Recipient

Dr. Marian Harris, Professor, School of Social Work and Criminal Justice.

Dr. Marian Harris has established herself as an effective national-level leader and scholar in the discipline of social work with research on the disproportionate number of children of color and their families involved in the child welfare system. Active in research for more than 15 years at UW Tacoma, she has a record of scholarship that is sustained and transcends her discipline. The transcendent quality of her scholarship is evident by the fact that her work has informed the domains of practice, social service administration, and policy. Dr. Harris testified in Washington, D.C. and her research has shaped policy addressing racial disproportionality in child welfare in the state of Washington.

More recently, in collaboration with the Washington State Department of Correction, Dr. Harris received a $7,500,000 grant to support re-entry programming and services for parents during and after incarceration to lower their rates of recidivism and facilitate healthy parenting. In addition to building the name and reputation of the University of Washington Tacoma while contributing to the greater Tacoma area, state of Washington, national and international communities through her scholarship, Dr. Harris has contributed to the UW Tacoma intellectual community.

Dr. Harris has been actively involved in the Bamford Fellowship in Global Engagement, Student Success Mentoring Program, and the Xi Pi Honor Society for Social Work. Dr. Harris has demonstrated her excellence by winning the 2016 Educator of the Year Award from the National Association of Social Workers.

2016-17 Nominees

Dr. Mohamed Ali, Associate Professor, Institute of Technology
Dr. Haluk Demirkan, Associate Professor, Milgard School of Business
Dr. Asao Inoue, Associate Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science
Dr. Turan Kayaoglu, Professor, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science
Dr. Chris Knaus, Professor, School of Education