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Simmons School of Social Work Launches First Academic Journal in the Nation Focused on Field Education

March 9, 2012

Addressing a growing interest in scholarly research on field education, the Simmons School of Social Work recently announced the launch of a new online journal, the Field Educator. The Field Educator is the first academic social work journal in the nation focused entirely on field education, which has been identified by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) as the signature pedagogy of the social work field.

The Field Educator is designed to promote the exchange of knowledge between field educators in academia and in the practice community. Each issue of the journal will include formal articles on theory, practice, and research as well as a Practice Digest section with descriptions of dilemmas and developments in field education.

"We're absolutely thrilled about the launch of the Field Educator," said Suzanne Sankar, associate professor and assistant dean of affairs at the Simmons School of Social Work. "There's such a wealth of knowledge held by field educators, and we want to give people a forum to discuss and share information within the social work community."

The journal will focus on innovation in the field, methods of evaluating student performance, and the transition from classroom to field placement. Content can be accessed for free online at

To promote excellence in field education research, the Field Educator and the Simmons School of Social Work are offering an annual award of $1,000 to the author of the best research article in social work field education. The first winning paper will be announced at the 2012 Annual Program Meeting (APM) of the CSWE and published in the journal's fall 2012 issue.

The next issue goes online in October 2012.