Stanley L Witkin, MSSW, Ph.D.

Global Partnership for Transformative Social Work (GPTSW)
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902

Phone: (802) 363-0803

I am Professor Emeritus of Social Work at the University of Vermont and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. During my time at Vermont, I initiated and led the development of the first social constructionist oriented MSW program in the U.S. In 2000, I co-founded (with Dennis Saleebey), the Global Partnership for transformative Social Work (, an organization that invites and supports global dialogue on transformative inquiry, practice, and pedagogy for the purpose of creating a more humane, tolerant and peaceful world. Drawing on social constructionist and related dialogues, we seek ways to enrich relationships that will enable the generation of new and sustainable futures.

I have been a Fulbright scholar at the University of Lapland (Finland) and at University College and Trinity College in Dublin. I have also held visiting scholar appointments at the University of Calgary, the University of Newcastle (Australia), the University of York (UK), and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. In 2004 I was awarded an honorary doctoral degree in social science from the University of Lapland.

In addition to journal publications and book chapters, my recent books include:

  • Finding Lenny (2022) Barringer Publishing (a novel)
  • Transforming Social Work: Social Constructionist Perspectives on Contemporary and Enduring Issues, (2017) Palgrave MacMillan.
  • Narrating Social Work Through Autoethnography (2014) Columbia University Press.
  • Social Construction and Social Work Practice: Interpretations and Innovations (2011) Columbia University Press.

I currently live in Charlottesville, Virginia with my spouse, Frannie Joseph, and our dog Pekoe who appears incognito in Finding Lenny.

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