The Bob Shapell School of Social Work accepted its first class of undergraduate students in the 1969-70 academic year, its first master's students in 1978-9, and its first doctoral students 1986-7. It has also offered various courses in social work to students in the social sciences and humanities faculties. A Continuing Education Unit for social workers and persons in allied helping professions has operated in the school since 1976.
Since 1988 we have been operating out of a building that was erected with the generous support of the Shapell family - the late Lily and Nathan Shapell - in memory of their late son Bob Shapell. In 2001, a new wing was inaugurated, made possible by another generous donation from the late Mr. Nathan Shapell. The school building is tailored to the unique professional needs of social work teaching, research, and training.
In addition to teaching and training, the faculty engage in fruitful academic work. They carry out research on a large variety of matters, publish in first rate professional journals, and present papers at professional conferences throughout the world. Many faculty members sit on public committees, take part in social initiatives, and carry on an ongoing and productive dialogue with social workers in the field and with policy and decision makers both within and beyond the Social Work profession. Through this dialogue, our faculty members both influence activities in the field and are influenced by them. The interaction promotes the development of effective practice anchored in knowledge originating in the field and tested in empirical studies.