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About Austin Griffiths

Austin Griffiths is an Associate Professor at Western Kentucky University, having previously worked in child and adult protective services for Kentucky’s Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Dr. Griffiths received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and his Master of Social Work at Western Kentucky University.  He earned his Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Kentucky, where his dissertation focused on the health consequences associated with working in child welfare.  Dr. Griffiths is the Director of WKU’s LifeSkills Center for Child Welfare Education and Research, and involved in a number of child welfare projects focused on practice, training, workforce development, and advocacy.  He is the co-author of Child Welfare and Child Protection: An Introduction and the Principal Investigator of the Child Welfare Analytics Collaborative, a partnership between Western Kentucky University and Kentucky's Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

Positions

2023 - Present Associate Professor, Western Kentucky University Department of Social Work
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2019 - Present Director, Western Kentucky University LifeSkills Center for Child Welfare Education and Research
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2018 - 2023 Assistant Professor, Western Kentucky University Department of Social Work
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Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • 2009 Recipient, Commonwealth of Kentucky, Two Rivers Region, MSW Stipend Award
  • 2011 Recipient, Western Kentucky University, Department of Social Work, MSW Distinguished Graduate Award
  • 2011 Recipient, Western Kentucky University Department of Social Work, MSW Legacy Award
  • 2016 Recipient, Hometown Hero, Modern Woodmen of America
  • 2016 Nominee, WKU Outstanding Student Services Award
  • 2017 Recipient, Staff Advisor/Student Services Support Award, Western Kentucky University, College of Health and Human Services
  • 2017 Recipient, Little Gnome Award, Kentucky Association of Social Work Educators
  • 2018 The 2017 Article of the Year, Journal of Public Child Welfare
  • 2018 Social Work Advocate, Sage Advocacy Network, Sage Publishing
  • 2018 Nominee, Transforming Child Welfare Dissertation Award, Annual Program Meeting for the Council on Social Work Education
  • 2018 Nominee, Faculty Award for Student Advisement, Western Kentucky University, College of Health and Human Services
  • 2019 Recipient, WKU College of Health and Human Services, Summer Research Fellowship
  • 2019 Nominee, Faculty Excellence for Student Advisement Award, Western Kentucky University, College of Health and Human Services
  • 2019 Recipient, Faculty Excellence in Research/Creativity Award, Western Kentucky University, College of Health and Human Services
  • 2020 Recipient, Champions for Children Award, Child Welfare League of America
  • 2020 Nominee, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Honor, Western Kentucky University
  • 2021 Recipient, Friend of Nursing Award, Sigma Theta Tau International, Kappa Theta Chapter.
  • 2021 Nominee, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Honor, Western Kentucky University, Fall 2021
  • 2022 Recipient, Faculty Excellence for Student Advisement Award, Western Kentucky University, College of Health and Human Services
  • 2022 Winner, Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation: IMPACT Competition
  • 2022 Nominee, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Honor, Western Kentucky University, Spring 2022
  • 2022 Nominee, University Faculty Award for Student Advisement, Western Kentucky University
  • 2022 Recipient, Prolific Proposer, Office of Research & Creative Activity, Western Kentucky University
  • 2022 Nominee, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Honor, Western Kentucky University, Fall 2022
  • 2023 Nominee, Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning Honor, Western Kentucky University, Spring 2023

Courses

  • SWRK 344 Social Work Statistics and Data Analysis
  • SWRK 661 Advanced Field Practicum II
  • SWRK 660 Advanced Field Practicum I
  • SWRK 640 Applied Social Work Research
  • SWRK 561 Generalist Field Practicum II
  • SWRK 540 Social Work Research Methods
  • SWRK 523 Rural Community Organization and Development
  • SWRK 510 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • SWRK 436 Services to Families and Children
  • SWRK 101 Foundations of Human Services
  • SWRK 579 Partnership in Assessing Children and Families
  • SWRK 574 Enhancing Safety and Permanency for Children
  • SWRK 560 Generalist Field Practicum I
  • SWRK 436G Services to Families and Children

Education

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2017 PhD, University of Kentucky ‐ College of Social Work
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2011 M.A. Social Work, Western Kentucky University ‐ Department of Social Work
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2006 B.A. Sociology, Western Kentucky University
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Contact Information

Austin Griffiths, Ph.D., CSW
Associate Professor, Master of Social Work Program
Director, LifeSkills Center for Child Welfare Education and Research (LCCWEAR)
Department of Social Work, Western Kentucky University
Academic Complex 112C, 1906 College Heights Blvd., #11039
Bowling Green, KY 42101-1039, 270-745-2676 (office) 270-745-6841 (fax)

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Research Works (22)