SIG Director Dr. El-Bassel Appointed to University Professor

April 09, 2019

Dr. Nabila El-Bassel received Columbia University’s highest academic honor when appointed to the rank of University Professor. Dr. El-Bassel is the first School of Social Work faculty member to be named a University Professor.

Join us in congratulating our Director, Dr. Nabila El-Bassel, on being appointed to the rank of University Professor, Columbia University’s highest academic honor.

Of the appointment, Columbia President Lee Bollinger said,

A University Professor appointment is a rare and distinguished honor among our faculty.  Not only does it signify scholarly merit of the highest caliber, it also designates the recipient as a professor of the entire University who can teach across schools and departments.

President Bollinger continues,

"Professor El-Bassel has devoted her career to the pursuit of knowledge and innovation that can strengthen communities and improve the human condition. She has established social work as a recognized profession in countries where it previously did not exist and has mentored generations of new researchers in a field that has had a transformative effect on the lives of at-risk populations.  She richly deserves this honor—please join me in congratulating her."


Read President Lee Bollinger’s full announcement.

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Irwin Garfinkel, Interim Dean at the Columbia University School of Social Work (CSSW), said,

The School of Social Work is especially proud that CSSW is Nabila’s intellectual home. She is the first faculty member from the School of Social Work to be named a University Professor.