A West Virginia University faculty member has been named the 2019 West Virginia Social Worker of the Year.
Jacki Englehardt , the Master of Social Work admissions and recruitment coordinator in the School of Social Work, has been selected by the West Virginia chapter of the National Association of Social Workers for the award.
This prestigious award recognizes distinguished career contributions to the social work profession and the state of West Virginia. Englehardt received the Social Worker of the Year award on May 2 at the chapter’s annual conference .
“We are very proud of Jacki and her many contributions to social work here at WVU and throughout West Virginia,” said Deana Morrow, director of the School of Social Work. “We congratulate her on this well-deserved recognition.”
A WVU Master of Social Work alumna, Englehardt has been employed with the School of Social Work since 2006. In her current role, she leads admissions and recruitment activities for graduate programs. Since she took on this role just one year ago, graduate enrollment has increased nearly 20%.
Prior to her current role, Englehardt served as the director of professional and community education. In that capacity, she managed continuing education programming provided by the School of Social Work. Most notably, she increased the professional and continuing education listserv from 300 to 2,800 members. The listserv is a primary platform for sharing social work job announcements and other professional events throughout West Virginia and Appalachia. She also organized the annual Summer Institute on Aging event, a signature regional conference that focused on aging well in rural areas.
Englehardt is a past board member of the West Virginia chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and she is a Licensed Certified Social Worker in West Virginia. She is also a co-investigator for the School’s recently awarded West Virginia Behavioral Health Workforce Initiative grant.