School of Social Work

The School of Social Work just celebrated its 75th anniversary and is one of the oldest (top 25) ranked schools in the country. The School offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, and has over 8,000 alumni in 23 countries.


Ben Lough, dean

Ben Lough is Professor and Dean at the School of Social Work and Director of Social Innovation at the Gies College of Business. He also holds positions as Senior Research Associate with the Center for Social Development, Faculty of Humanities, University of Johannesburg, and Faculty Director of International Service at the Center for Social Development, Washington University in St. Louis. He is also the associate editor of Voluntaristics Review. Dr. Lough earned his BS in Sociology in 2000 and his MSW in 2003 from Brigham Young University, and his PhD in Social Work with a Doctoral Certificate in New Institutional Economics from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis in 2010. Dr. Lough also worked as a clinical social worker and therapist. His teaching interests focus on community development, nonprofit management, and social innovation. He currently teaches courses on the nonprofit sector, social enterprise, and organizational strategies for social change. He previously taught courses on the management of human service organizations, social welfare policy, and international social work and development.

Dr. Lough’s teaching interests focus on community development, nonprofit management, and social innovation. He currently teaches courses on the nonprofit sector, social entrepreneurship, social work theory, and organizational strategies for social change. He previously taught courses on the management of human service organizations, social welfare policy, and international social work and development. Dr. Lough is currently working with the United Stated Aid for International Development (USAID) to create an agency-wide mental health policy. He also continues to study the comparative advantages of hybrid social purpose organizations over traditional nonprofits.


Advancement staff

Nathan Goebel, Chief Advancement Officer
217-244-4709
ntgoebel@illinois.edu

Aaron Godwin, Asst Dir of Stewardship and Donor Relations
217-300-8106
godwin2@illinois.edu

Open positions
Assistant Director of Advancement (Major Gift Officer)

Foundation partners
Prospect Development Analyst Liaison: Jack Baker
Manager, Research and Portfolio Management: Tom Ackerman


Fundraising information

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Student and alumni demographics

Graduates/Attendees/Current Students: 8,938
Alumni: 7,962