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Debra Gage Hurd

Debra Gage Hurd, Clinical Full Professor at the School of Social Work, was elected for a second term as Chair of the Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board on Jan. 11. She previously served as vice chairman and originally served on the board of Governor Asa Hutchinson in 2015. She was reappointed to the board in 2019 and her term expires June 30, 2021.

Hurd is the Arkansas Academic Partnership’s lead investigator in Public Child Welfare. This is a nationwide child education and training project sponsored by the Arkansas Division of Children and Family Services. The partnership serves the entire state of Arkansas and is represented by eight universities.

Additionally, Hurd has received over $ 9 million in external grants over the past three years. She has been with the University of Arkansas for over 26 years. During that time, she received funding from the Department of Education, the University of Arkansas Women’s Giving Circle, and the Hispanic Women’s Organization of Arkansas. Hurd is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a bachelor’s degree in social work, a master’s degree in public administration, and a doctorate in health sciences.

In 2019, Hurd received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers, Arkansas Chapter. She has presented internationally in France and Ireland. Hurd is also a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Humanities, Arts and Social Science and the International Journal of Global Social Work and is a peer reviewer for Common Ground Publishing.