Company: Springfield College
Location: Amherst, Massachusetts, United States
Joseph M. Wronka, PhD, Professor at Springfield College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in social work and behavioral science.
Dr. Wronka always felt it was important to make a positive contribution to the world as told to him by his parents and teachers throughout his life. He also felt the ethical teachings in the Judeo-Christian-Islamic tradition were also important and social justice and human rights values were substantive to those traditions. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Brooklyn College in 1970. He then received a Master of Arts in existential-phenomenological psychology from Duquesne University in 1972. From there he took postgraduate coursework at the University of Nice from 1974 to 1976. In 1992, he received a Doctor of Philosophy in social policy from Brandeis University.
A highlight of Dr. Wronka’s career was when he was invited in 1998 as one of three hundred human rights defenders to attend the 50th anniversary of the United Nations endorsement of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France. Throughout his career, Dr. Wronka has written numerous books and articles including his latest book, Human Rights & Social Justice: Social Acting & Service for the Helping and Health Professions (Sage, 2017). It was recognized as one of one hundred great books for social work educators. Since 1991, Dr. Wronka has been a professor with the Department of Social Work in the School of Social Work and Behavioral Sciences at Springfield College. He has also taught in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland as a professor between 2007 and 2015. As a testament to his success, Dr. Wronka was named a Fulbright Scholar on three occasions; in Greece (2020) Pakistan, and Austria (both in2015) The Fulbright Scholar award was in the discipline of social work with “specialties” poverty & social justice and “subspecialties” in human rights, phenomenology, and psychology. Select other achievements are a Service Award from the Coalition for a Strong United Nations in 2006, a grant from the State of Alaska in 1986, and listing in numerous editions of Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in America and the 3rd edition of Who’s Who Among Human Services Professionals.
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