Fraser, Ph.D., M.S.W. Named New Editor-in-Chief
of the Journal of the Society for Social Work
13, 2009, PRESS RELEASE
President of the Society for Social Work and Research,
Sarah Gehlert, Ph.D., announced the appointment
of Mark Fraser, Ph.D., M.S.W., as the editor-in-chief
of the society's newly established e-journal,
the Journal of the Society for Social Work and
Research (JSSWR). Dr. Fraser is currently the
John A. Tate Distinguished Professor at the School
of Social Work of the University of North Carolina,
Gehlert stated that "In filling the position
of founding editor-in-chief for the new journal,
SSWR sought someone who is a both an intellectual
leader in the field as well as a good manager.
Dr. Fraser's scholarship is characterized by keen
attention to every aspect of the research process,
from conceptualization through analysis and publication.
In acknowledgment of this, SSWR bestowed its Distinguished
Achievement Award to Dr. Fraser in 2008. Moreover,
Dr. Fraser has experience managing large research
projects and has assumed administrative responsibilities
within his school. He was involved in SSWR's original
working group on publications, out of which came
the idea for JSSWR. He understands the issues
involved in open-access publication, the challenges
and merits of electronic submission, and the importance
of a review process that is both timely and in-depth."
Fraser also has an exciting vision for JSSWR.
He has articulated several ways to help ensure
that the journal becomes a preferred outlet for
the publication of high-quality research. These
include the careful assignment of reviewers, developing
an efficient review process, and maintaining strict
time-lines for reviews. Fraser has stressed the
importance of the editorial board's composition
in helping to ensure that JSSWR does not become
too narrowly focused on any one method or substantive
area, but reflects fully the breadth of our field.
He plans to structure the review process to help
mentor junior faculty and researchers in nonacademic
settings in the fine-art of reviewing, training
them on how to provide substantive and yet supportive
feedback to authors.
Fraser received his BA in History from DePauw
University (1968), his MSW from the University
of Denver's Graduate School of Social Work (1976),
and his PhD from the School of Social Work at
the University of Washington (1981). He is the
John A. Tate Distinguished Professor for Children
in Need, and serves as Associate Dean for Research
at the School of Social Work of the University
of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In addition, he
leads the Making Choices Project, an early intervention
program for high risk children and their families.
Dr. Fraser is the author or editor of nine books
and more than 100 journal articles and chapters.
He has received grants from the National Institutes
of Health, the Institute of Education Sciences,
foundations, and state and local agencies. He
recently served as Editor of the Practice Resources
Book Series of NASW Press, and he is a member
of the Editorial Board of the Human Services Series
of Sage Publications.