June 26, 2007

Council of Social Work Education honors Miah

by K.C. Jaehnig


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CARBONDALE, Ill. — Mizanur R. Miah, director of the School of Social Work at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, was honored June 15 in Washington, D.C., by the Council of Social Work Education.

He received a plaque commemorating his three-year term on the council's accreditation commission, which, among other duties, develops the standards used to ensure that undergraduate and graduate programs offer top-flight education and training to students entering the field. The 55-year-old council is the nation's only accrediting body for social work programs. Its 3,000 members include individuals, educational and professional facilities, and social welfare agencies.

Miah, who joined the SIUC faculty in 2002, successfully shepherded the University's social work programs through the rigorous accreditation review, a process that began shortly after his arrival. The school's accreditation runs through June 2010.

Miah serves on the International Task Force of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work and does consulting work for two United Nations agencies.

A native of Bangladesh, Miah earned a master's degree in 1965 from the University of Dhaka. He has a master's in public health education from the University of California Berkeley (1969), a doctorate from SIUC (1985) and a master's in social work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1998).