Darlene Grant

Volunteer: Darlene Grant


Darlene Grant is an Associate Professor and former Associate Dean.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1993 and joined The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work in 1994. Since 1982 when she began her social work career working the night shift at a domestic violence shelter, she has been continuously involved in clinical social work practice and the substance abuse/addiction and criminal justice fields as a psychotherapist, researcher, teacher and consultant to local communities and agencies serving families, with a particular focus on women and children, racial and ethnic minorities, and the poor.  She was appointed associate dean of graduate studies for the University of Texas at Austin, August 2003, with responsibility for oversight of recruitment and admissions for over 100 degree programs. 


Dr. Grant teaches graduate courses in social justice, clinical practice, and research methodology.  She also teaches undergraduate courses in the introduction to social work and social welfare, social justice practice, and working with at-risk youth in schools.  Dr. Grant has directed several funded research projects including focus on juvenile probation, teen pregnancy prevention, and the domestic violence experiences of incarcerated women.  As the principal investigator of a ten year study to evaluate the effectiveness of a Girl Scouts based in-prison visitation program, she also collaborated with Emmy award winning radio-tv-and film faculty member, Ellen Spiro, in the development of Troop 1500, a 2006 PBS/ITVS documentary film based on Dr. Grant’s troop and evaluation research.  Grant is currently collaborating on writing the companion text to the film. 


Editorial board member for numerous professional journals, Dr. Grant is also a contributor of scholarly articles to professional literature, with publications appearing in the Encyclopedia of Social Work, the Journal of Research on Social Work Practice, Social Work Education, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, Cultural Diversity and Mental Health, School Social Work in Education, and the Journal of Marriage and the Family.


The recipient of numerous teaching and other accolades, Dr. Grant chaired the University of Texas at Austin President’s Task Force on Racial Respect and Fairness, was awarded 2006 Social Worker of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers, Washington, D.C., and received the 2007 Rosa Parks Award from the American Association for Affirmative Action.  On August 26, 2008, Dr. Grant was nominated and accepted to join the U.S. Peace Corps as a volunteer in Cambodia (South East Asia). Taking a leave of absence from her faculty position, she will serve until Fall 2011, returning to teach Spring 2012.

2009 - 2011

Contributions from Darlene Grant

  1. Cambodia Wadin' In the Water

     Friday, October 15, 2010. In Cambodia, to be eligible to become a lower secondary school teacher, one must hold a certificate of general secondary education, pass an entrance exam and undertake two-years training at one of the six regional teacher training centers (RTTC), which are located in Battambang, Prey Veng, Takeo, Kampong Cham, and Kandal provinces. Upon successful completion of the RTTC training, graduates are warded a certificate of pedagogical training, qualifying them to teach 7t...

  2. Cambodia Grace Admist the Challenges

    My memories of her would suggest that my maternal grandmother, Jennie Inge Vester would probably call what I felt on the morning of July 22, 2010, one year after boarding the plane to Cambodia -- grace. Loaded down with a large backpack of “just in case” outfits, at 5:45 a.m. I walked the 1 kilo to P’sa T’may (New Market) to catch the Battambang City bus to Phnom Penh for my 50th birthday celebration. Walking along Highway 5, witnessing the sunrise and responding to calls in Khmer to buy brea...

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