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Academic Cycle

The university-based research enterprise involves three other components in an "academic cycle" of cooperation, collaboration, and success in both informing and being informed.

  • Research is directly related to the educational enterprise of teaching a preparing our students for professional careers.
  • Program initiatives are consistent with the Mission of the School
  • Education of our students includes information from research, the community, including our alumni and colleagues.
  • Community Engagement is linked to continual efforts to Review and Improve the School through strategic and systematic planning and program initiatives and infrastructure support.

The Academic Cycle


The Role of Research in the Tulane School of Social Work is a critically important element, but only one of four in the Academic Cycle.

The Academic Cycle is continual creation of new knowledge through research and scholarship, whose findings are reporting in refereed journal articles, and these readings are assigned to students who learn and practice accordingly, including community engagement.

Research in the School is the concern of all School faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

The research enterprise involves generating new and useful information about critical matters determined by the faculty researchers with the wide input from stakeholders (faculty, staff, students, alumni).


The educational elements of the School include our masters and Ph.D students and our Global Social Work Program, our certificate programs and our continuing professional education.

Institutes and centers provide CEUs, select conferences, workshops, and are part of a larger effort at community engagement -providing and receiving knowledge.


Community Engagement includes initiatives of our School institutes, center and academy linked to continual Review and Improve the School through strategic and systematic planning that results in appropriate infrastructure and operating systems.

Community engagement also includes our alumni, who serve as the soul of this School. Research feeds that soul, by tackling real-world challenges affecting vulnerable populations, sharing the lessons learned for the classroom and scholarly journals relevant to social work as a field of study and service.

Institutes and centers are also connections to community engagement to enable conferences, workshops and are part of a larger effort at community engagement -providing and receiving knowledge.

Review and Improve

Annually Review and Improve current efforts based on data and personal experience. Submit annual reports to Tulane Academic Affairs, CSWE and offices and organizations relevant to involve strategic planning, and evaluation of programs, policies and personnel scope of work.

Everyone is Part of the Cycle

The Academic Cycle suggests that everyone within the School is important because they are part of the Cycle linking the four functions of the School.

Research requires questions and a focus. These research questions very often come from real-life problems requiring solutions.

These problems are often discussed among student and faculty when revising curriculum, updating course materials, considering field education experiences, deciding on continuing education and online programs to offer. Everyone in the School has a role.

The Community (real world) is rich with research ideas and eager to learn about the research findings, especially in New Orleans.

The School constantly reviews and improves infrastructure, policies and procedures that facilitate the inclusiveness and effectiveness.

This process depends upon the School community including alumni, practitioners, other academics and the general public.