Hoffpauir Joins NASW Hall of Distinguished Leaders

Dr. Susan Hoffpauir, Academic Dean for the Clinton School of Public Service, has been inducted into the National Association of Social Workers Arkansas Hall of Distinguished Leaders, a space that celebrates the remarkable contributions of visionaries and trailblazers in the field of social work.

The NASW Arkansas Leadership Academy Task Force and NASW Arkansas Board of Directors developed the Hall of Distinguished Leaders to honor and showcase positive change agents – those who have excelled in their respective agencies and have left a lasting imprint on the communities they serve.

The Hall of Distinguished Leaders comprises past fellows, mentors, presenters, trainers, and task force members who have graciously contributed their time, talent, and expertise to elevate the NASW Arkansas Leadership Academy.

Since joining the Clinton School, Hoffpauir has led an institutional curriculum review and revision effort that resulted in a more cohesive curricular design, conducted the school’s first self-study, and wrote the 10-year program review required by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Additionally, she facilitated the planning and development of Clinton School Online, which launched in March 2018.

Hoffpauir completed her bachelor’s degree in social welfare at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She earned a master of social work from Michigan State University before earning her master of arts in developmental psychology and Ph.D. in social work and social science from the University of Michigan. She completed a professional development program at the Harvard Institute of Management and Leadership Education.

At UA Little Rock, Hoffpauir led the institution’s regional accreditation review by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, which resulted in reaccreditation of the institution for the maximum 10-year period. She also designed and established the Bachelor of Social Work program, which earned full accreditation in 2005.

She has served as both president and vice president of the board of directors of the Arkansas Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. She was co-principal investigator on a $175,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Health to create a mental health crisis response training curriculum and protocol that were used to train over 250 mental health professionals who delivered care to over 750 Hurricane Katrina survivors displaced in Arkansas in 2005.



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