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WILLIAM MEEZAN, VISITING professor
QUARANTA CHAIR FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE FOR CHILDREN
   

Dr. William (Bill) Meezan has just been named to the Mary Ann Quaranta Chair in Social Justice for Children and Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service.  Prior to this appointment he was Director of Policy and Research at Children’s Rights.  Before returning to New York, he was Professor of Social Work at The Ohio State University, and served as Dean of the College of Social Work at that institution from 2005-2009. Prior to his work at Ohio State, Bill was the Marion Elizabeth Blue Professor of Children and Families at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, a position he had held since 1999.  Before moving to Michigan, he was on the faculty of the University of Southern California, which he joined in 1988 as the John Milner Professor of Child Welfare, and on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Jane Addams College of Social Work, where he rose through the academic ranks, attaining tenure in 1981 and the rank of full professor in 1986.  He holds his doctorate from Columbia University (1978), his MSW from Florida State University (1969), and his BA from the University of Vermont (1967).

In 1984-85, Dr. Meezan served as a Congressional Science Fellow sponsored by the Society for Research in Child Development, while in 1993-1994 he was a Senior Fulbright Scholar in the Baltic States, where he helped organize the first schools of social work in Lithuania and Latvia.  In 1997 he received an honorary degree from the Higher School of Social Work and Social Pedagogics “Attistiba” in Riga for his contribution to the development of social work education in the Latvian Republic, and he was inducted into the Columbia University School of Social Work’s Alumni Hall of Fame in 2005.  In May, 2013, he will receive the honorary degree Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Vermont.

He is the recipient of the Society for Social Work Research’s Outstanding Research Award (2000), and the Pro Humanitate Literary Award/2009 Herbert A. Raskin Child Welfare Article Award from the Center for Child Welfare Policy of the North American Resource Center for Child Welfare.  Over the course of his career, he has received research funding from Federal and State agencies and numerous foundations. 

Dr. Meezan has written extensively along the entire continuum of child welfare services, including over 50 articles and chapters in peer reviewed journals and anthologies.  In addition, he has co-authored four books in child welfare and co-edited six other volumes.  His most recent interests include issues of systems change in child welfare, the development of children raised by LG parents, the impact of gay marriage on family functioning, and research methodologies appropriate for the use with LGBT populations.  He is the co-editor of the only book on this topic, published by Routledge in 2010. 

Dr. Meezan serves or has served on the Editorial Boards or as a Consulting Editor to 11 journals including Social Work, Social Work Research, Research on Social Work Practice, Children and Youth Services Review, Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, Child Welfare, and the Journal of Public Child Welfare.  He has been a consultant to numerous social agencies, foundations, schools of social work, and national organizations, and has served on the Boards of the Society for Social Work Research (former Secretary, current Treasurer), the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research (President), the ANSWER Coalition, and the Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work (Secretary).  He has just finished his term as the Chair of the National Publications Committee of the National Association of Social of Social Workers.    
 
Contact Information: (646) 293-3966 / wmeezan@fordham.edu

  EDITED VOLUMES

Meezan, W. & Martin, J.  (2009).  Handbook of Research with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Populations.  New York: Routledge. 


MONOGRAPHS


____________ (2011).  Proceedings of The Long Road Home/One Year Home Symposium.  New York: Children’s Rights. 
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_____________(2011).  What Works in Child Welfare Reform:  Reducing Congregate Care in Tennessee.  New York:  Children’s Rights. 
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____________  (2011).  Ensuring High-Quality Kinship Care for Children in Wisconsin.  New York:  Children’s Rights. 
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ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS


Meezan, W. (in press).  Moving Away from Congregate Care: Impact on Children’s Safety, Permanence, andWell Being.  Children and Youth Services Review.

Alpert, L. & Meezan. W. (2012). Moving Away from Congregate Care: One State’s Path to Reform and Lessons for the Field.  Children and Youth Services Review. 34 (8): 1519–1532.

Meezan, W. & McBeath, B. (2011).  “Moving Toward Performance-Based Contracting in Child Welfare: Perspectives on Staffing, Financial Management and Information Technology.”  Administration in Social Work. 35: 180-206.

McBeath, B. & Meezan, W. (2010). “Governance in Motion: Service Provision and Child Welfare Outcomes in a Performance-Based, Managed Care Contracting Environment.”  Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. 20 (1): i101-i123.     

McBeath, B. & Meezan, W. (2009).  “Interorganizational Disparities in Foster Care Service Provision.”  Children and Youth Services Review. 31 (5): 513-525.

Meezan, W. & Martin, J.I. (2009). “Doing Research with LGBT Populations: Moving the Field Forward.” In W. Meezan & J. Martin (eds.), Handbook of Research with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Populations.  New York, Routledge: 415-427.

Dodd, S.J. & Meezan, W. (2009).  “Matching AIDS Service Organizations’ Philosophy of Service Provision with a Compatible Style of Program Evaluation.” in W. Meezan & J.I. Martin (eds.), Handbook of Research with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Populations.  New York, Routledge:  352-371. (an updated and revised version of the article that appeared in the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services.  15 (1/2): 163-180)

Martin, J. & Meezan, W. (2009).  “Applying Ethical Standards to Research and Evaluations Involving Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Populations.” in W. Meezan & J.I. Martin (eds.),   Handbook of Research with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Populations.  New York, Routledge: 19-39. (an updated and revised version of the article that appeared in the Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services.  15 (1/2): 181-202).

Meezan, W. & McBeath, B. (2008).  “The Implementation of Market-Based Child Welfare Innovations.” In A. Shlonsky and D. Lindsey. Child Welfare Research: Advances for Practice and Policy.  New York: Oxford University Press: 242-260. 
 
Meezan, W. & McBeath, B. (2008).  “Market-Based Disparities in Foster Care Outcomes.”  Children and Youth Services Review.  30 (4): 388-406

McBeath, B. & Meezan, W. (2008). “Market-Based Disparities in Foster Care Service Provision.”  Research on Social Work Practice. 18 (1): 27-41.

   

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