Memorial University names new director to School of Social Work

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Memorial University has appointed a new director to its School of Social Work.
The appointment of Dr. Alean Al-Krenawi (pronounced AH-LEEN ALL-KREH-NAH-WEE), who is wrapping up a nine-month secondment as a Killam Visiting Scholar with the University of Calgary's Faculty of Social Work, was approved by Memorial's Board of Regents on July 8.
Al-Krenawi is also the former chair of the Department of Social Work and former director of the Centre for Bedouin Studies and Development at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel. Over the past 15 years, he has conducted research in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Al-Krenawi officially began his new position on July 15.
He said he was drawn to the role because of the skill and expertise he can offer, as well as his rich and varied experience as a scholar and academic in the "helping profession."
"I am particularly attracted to the Memorial position because of the opportunities I believe it brings, and to the contributions I can make," he said. "I am uniquely positioned to champion the aboriginal component of the program, being an indigenous person myself, and having founded and run myriad research and community development and training programs, I can bring a unique complement to the position."
Throughout his career, much of Al-Krenawi's research has focused on rarely studied topics or perspectives, providing a voice to traditionally excluded or marginalized populations. His professional philosophy entails the integration of research and practice and is guided by the critical role of multiculturalism, cultural competence and sensitivity.
And while his training and main expertise lies in social work, he said he believes that complex research questions demand an interdisciplinary approach, integrating psychology, psychiatry, anthropology, gender studies and education.

Organizations: School of Social Work, University of Calgary, Department of Social Work Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Geographic location: Israel, North America, Europe Middle East Africa

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