Nazareth College is proud to announce that Marie Watkins, associate professor and director of the Center for Service Learning, is the recipient of the 2009-2010 Outstanding Field Educator Award for the University at Buffalo School of Social Work.
The Outstanding Field Educator Award is presented to a field educator who supervises students in their field placements as part of the Masters in Social Work Program (MSW). Field educators are nominated by students and Watkins was one of two field instructors out of 58 who were selected to receive this award.
Watkins worked closely with two former Nazareth graduates, Kate DiGregorio and Denise Quanmina, who are now University of Buffalo MSW graduate students. Their field placement included service-learning and youth development outreach and group work with youth who attended after-school programs at School #34 in Rochester, the Dr. Douglas Smith Learning Center after-school program and the Art as Expression Group at Industry Residential Center. They also completed a major funding analysis of after school programs for the Rochester Community Foundation. Through their efforts, Nazareth College and the work of the Center for Service Learning was able to extend their scope, reach and services.
Faculty and students familiar with Watkins’ work recognize that she is a gifted educator who models the highest standards of professional practice, and an individual who values the supervisory role of field instructor for students.