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College of Social Work

Recognizing Excellence in Research

Dec. 5, 2018
By Chris Woodley,

Assistant Professor Jaeseung Kim will be recognized for his contributions at the Society for Social Work and Research annual conference in January. Kim was co-author on a research article that was selected as the SSWR 2019 Excellence in Research Award.

What Explains Short Spells on Child-Care Subsides was published in Social Service Review in 2017. The article examines demographic, employment, child care and subsidy program characteristics associated with the risk of experiencing child-care subsidy instability, based on a sample of subsidy recipients in Illinois and New York. Julia Henly, the lead author and professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, was Kim’s dissertation chair during his doctoral studies. 

“I am really grateful and excited to know that our collaborative research on child care subsidy program has been recognized by SSWR for the Excellence in Research Award,” said Kim. “This recognition means a great deal to me as a social work researcher and junior scholar. It encourages me to continuously devote my passion and research effort to advance knowledge on public policies targeted at addressing work and caregiving challenges for low-income families.”

Based on his expertise in child care subsidy programs and employment conditions of low-income families, Kim intends to continue his research at the College of Social Work.

“I would like to develop research projects that explore how both the employment and child care instability contribute to the child care subsidy program continuity, and how the program helps relieve the financial hardship of the program recipients and promote their well-being,” said Kim.  

SSWR's Excellence in Research Award was established to recognize outstanding social work research that advances knowledge with direct applications to practice, policy and the resolution of social problems. Award selection criteria includes, significance of the problem being addressed, adequate use of theory and literature and direct application to social work. Eligible articles for the award must have appeared in print during the 2017 calendar year. Kim, Henly and the other co-authors will be recognized at the 2019 SSWR conference from Jan. 16-20 in San Francisco.

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