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GCSW Faculty Members Appointed to Endowed Professorships


September 3, 2019

(HOUSTON, TX) – The Graduate College of Social Work (GCSW) is excited to announce that two of its professors, Monit Cheung and Patrick Leung, have been appointed to endowed professorships in recognition of their significant contributions as scholars, educators, and authors.

Monit Cheung was named the Mary R. Lewis Endowed Professor in Children and Youth effective September 1, 2019. The endowment was created and named after the gift of Dr. Mary Ruth Lewis, a GCSW Professor Emerita who passed away in 2015 after 28 years of teaching and research. She left a legacy through her pioneering efforts to improve the well-being of children and empower youth and their families as active participants in formulating social policy and community enhancement.

Professor Cheung will use this endowment to expand her child and family research, evidence-based teaching methods on social justice for children and families, and partnerships with child welfare communities. Monit Cheung is currently Professor and Director of the Child & Family Center for Innovative Research at the GCSW.

“I am excited about being recognized to honor Dr. Lewis’s life of services with children, particularly those with disabilities and in poverty,” said Cheung. “I am particularly excited about expanding Dr. Lewis’s work to integrate research evidence into practice and to feature the GCSW as an innovative channel to promote social justice.”

Professor Patrick Leung was named the Gerson and Sabina David College Endowed Professor for Global Aging beginning September 1, 2019. The endowment was created to support a GCSW faculty member who will provide leadership to enhance the quality of life for an aging society through innovative education, research, and community service. 

“I will be able to incorporate the aging population in teaching social work courses,” Leung stated regarding the endowed chair. “With this endowment I will work with international, national, state and local organizations in addressing issues relating to the elderly.” 

"Professor Leung and Professor Cheung are exceptional scholars and researchers, and have been constant and vocal supporters of the GCSW and its vision of social justice. I am beyond proud that they will hold these prestigious positions and use them to further our mission of achieving justice," said Dean Alan Dettlaff.