Spencer Zeiger MSW, PhD, has been named the director of Pacific University’s new master of social work program.
The MSW program will be the College of Arts & Sciences’ second graduate degree offering. The first students will begin in the fall of 2014 at Pacific’s Eugene Campus. The MSW program follows the launch of the university’s bachelor of social work program, which produced its first graduates in 2012.
Pacific’s MSW degree program will be the first of its kind outside of the Portland metropolitan area. Its unique curriculum will focus on preparing students to work with Oregon’s growing Latino community.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 25 percent increase in demand for social workers between 2010 and 2020.
"MSW graduates are highly sought for employment now and will be in high demand well into the future," Zeiger said.
Zeiger has been a social work educator for more than 23 years. Most recently, he served as dean and professor in the School of Social Work at Dalton State College in Georgia. While there, he authored Career Reflection of Social Work Educators, which draws upon in-depth interviews with 66 social work educators across the nation.
As the director of Pacific’s MSW program, Zeiger is collaborating with Pacific’s other social work faculty as well as experts in the field of social work education, to design and implement the highest quality MSW program available.
“I am confident that Pacific University’s MSW program will be among the best in the nation," he said.