Lecture Series

Dean Jack Otis Social Problem and Social Policy Lecture

The Social Problem and Social Policy Lecture focuses on an important social problem such as poverty, white collar crime, and global warming. Dr. Otis established a permanent endowment to support this lecture series and inspire further academic attention to current social problems.

Dr. Jack Otis

About Dean Jack Otis
The late Dr. Jack Otis (1923 -2010), was a former dean (1965-1977) and professor emeritus (1978-1993) at the School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin. During his tenure as dean, the baccalaureate and doctoral degree programs and research and training centers were established and the master’s degree was revised to include an emphasis on community organization and social policy. Dr. Otis was instrumental in establishing national standards for the accreditation of undergraduate social work education and served for several years as a site visitor and member of the Council on Social Work Education Commission on Accreditation. In addition to presenting and publishing numerous social policy papers and articles, he coauthored “Corporate Society and Education,” The University of Michigan Press (1961), and was a Fulbright research scholar (1977-78). From 1961-65, Dr. Otis served as a consultant to the President’s Committee on Juvenile Delinquency and Youth Crime chaired by U.S. Attorney-General Robert Kennedy and as Deputy Director of the Office of Juvenile Delinquency and Youth Development. See UT Legacy Project – Endowments

Sue Fairbanks Lecture in Psychoanalytic Knowledge

The Sue Fairbanks Lecture Series is made possible by the Sue Fairbanks Endowment for Excellence in the Application of Psychoanalytic Knowledge in Social Work. Established in 2007, this permanent endowment is dedicated to educational programs in psychoanalytic knowledge and to promoting excellence in clinical practice.

Sue Fairbanks

About Sue Fairbanks
Sponsor of the lecture series is Sue Fairbanks, a 1981 graduate of the MSSW program at The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work. Since 1986, she has maintained a full-time private practice in Austin with adults in individual and couples therapy and provided clinical consultation and supervision. She is a fellow at the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies and a board member of the Austin Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology.

Ms. Fairbanks began her professional career as an airline stewardess in the 1960s.  During those years, she explored much of the external world and had a lifelong passion, nourished by her years with the airlines, about discovering the deeper inner world of the human psyche.

After graduating from the MSSW program, Ms. Fairbanks completed training to become a Certified Bioenergetic Analyst. Over the years, she trained and developed expertise in post-traumatic stress disorder, sexual abuse, dissociative disorders, gerontology and adoption. The thread that brought Ms. Fairbank’s different trainings together, along with her concurrent inner search, came about when she entered her own analysis. Ms. Fairbanks had the time and space to deeply reflect on her life as she has lived it. The exploratory and reflective nature of psychoanalytic thought knit together her inner search and different trainings into a complex ever-expanding whole. Ms. Fairbanks wishes to introduce psychoanalytic knowledge, in its many faceted forms, to students and the helping community so they, too, can have access to the rich knowledge base out of which so many subsequent psychological therapies have been formulated.

Distinguished Scholar Lecture

The speaker for the Distinguished Scholar Lecture is the recipient of  the School of Social Work Center for Social Work Research Distinguished Scholar Award. This award is presented annually by Dr. Mary Velasquez, Associate Dean for Research and Professor and Director of the Center for Social Work Research to recognize and honor an individual who has made a significant contribution to community health through behavioral research and scholarship.

Past recipients of the Distinguished Scholar Award include Dr. Carlo C. DiClemente, Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology and Director of the Center for Community Collaboration, University of Maryland-Baltimore Co. (2011); Dr. Carlos Brown, Medical Director of Trauma at University Medical Center at Brackenridge in Austin (2010); Dr. Victor Hesselbrock of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut School of Medicine (2009): and Dr. Linda Carter Sobell, Professor and Associate Director of Clinical Training at the Center for Psychological Studies at Nova Southeastern University and an internationally recognized researcher and trainer in the field of assessment and treatment of addictions (2008).