Director of Social Work Program
Bradley Hall 107
Patricia Welch Saleeby, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Program Director of Social Work. She is a leading expert on disability in social work, recognized internationally for her work promoting the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) in social work and the application of the Capability Approach as an alternative framework for better situating disability.She is currently a collaborating member of the World Health Organization Education and Implementation Committee for international classifications and WHO Functioning and Disability Reference Group. Another area of Dr. Saleeby's scholarship focuses on her efforts to bridge curriculum gaps between education and practice to better prepare social work students. With her background in non-profit management and social administration, she has been an advocate for integrating grant writing and fundraising in social work education. Her work has been published in multiple peer-reviewed journals and books across various disciplines. She has presented at over 50 national and international meetings. For over 15 years, she has served in social work leadership including the Council on Social Work Education Board of Directors, Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice, the Commission on Global Social Work Education, the Diversity Center Task Force, and the Environmental Justice Competency Task Force.