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What was your previous position and where?I owned my own private research business in Shreveport from 1991-96 — CC Guin & Associates — until former Dean and Vice Chancellor James Midgley talked me into coming to the School of Social Work in Baton Rouge. Previously, I taught in the Grambling State University School of Social Work Consent Decree Initiative from 1989-1991.
What brought you to LSU?Vice Chancellor for Economic Development James Midgley asked me to help write grants and diversify the School of Social Work's external funding capability. I was the head of the Northwest Louisiana School of Social Work Alumni Association, which is how I knew Midgley. I began working for LSU from Shreveport in 1994 and finally moved down here in 1996. I am a 1978 graduate of the MSW program here and obtained my BA from LSU in 1974. I earned my Ph.D. from the University of Texas-Arlington in 1991.
What is your research interest?My area of expertise is actually forensic social work, with a focus on juvenile delinquency, pathways to criminality and death penalty mitigation. I am rarely able to pursue my area of research, as I primarily write grants and work with faculty to secure grants and contracts. I realized that it is impossible to aggressively pursue external funding for the school and pursue my own interests, so I chose the former. My office is self-funded, so I have had the luxury of following the most progressive course of action for the school.
What do you hope to accomplish at LSU?Right now, in this climate, I hope to do my part to keep the School of Social Work alive and well and get our state-funded truancy program — Truancy Assessment Service Center, or TASC — moved to a more stable economic environment. As always, I hope to continually speak up for the land-grant, public-service mission of the university, which often gets lost in times of economic crisis.
What do you enjoy most about LSU?Because of our research focus, my office has the pleasure of working with all of the doctoral students. They are such a joy to have around us, and I really enjoy their initiative and enthusiasm. I should add that I attended my first LSU football game in the second grade and have remained a huge supporter of all of the LSU sports programs. Finally, we have some undergraduate employees, and they are a lot of fun! It is really a good feeling to know you are a part of a student's development and potential for success.
What are your major accomplishments?In the long run, I believe my major accomplishment will be developing our TASC program and getting it implemented throughout the state. It is very heartbreaking to see it continually victimized through budget cuts. The program has intervened in the lives of close to 60,000 high risk K-5th grade students across the state; thus the impact of the Office of Social Service Research and Development, or OSSRD, will be realized in many lives in future years. The other thing I feel that OSSRD has accomplished is to bring in external funds that have provided numerous graduate assistantships and support for faculty. This is another accomplishment that will last far into the future.