Academic journal article Field Educator

Hail and Farewell: Ginger Robbins

Academic journal article Field Educator

Hail and Farewell: Ginger Robbins

Article excerpt

Field directors come and go. Although CSWE does not keep statistics on the average tenure of field directors, many of us suspect it is five years or less. Then we have Virginia Cooke "Ginger" Robbins, who was a field director for 36 years, the last 27 of which were spent at at University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work (UH GCSW). Ginger retired on January 31, 2013, with the academic rank of clinical professor.

Ginger received the MSW degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana. She was employed as a staff associate in the National Office of NASW and at California's Child Welfare before moving to Houston. She started and ended as a field director at UH GCSW; she also worked at Houston Baptist University.

The AGIFT (Agencies for Gerontological Intercultural Field Training) Program is one of Ginger's major accomplishments, expanding and enhancing services to seniors in Houston as well as solidifying the collaboration among AGIFT members. AGIFT was created as part of the Practicum Partnership Program in Gerontology funded by the John A. Hartford Foundation, Inc. of New York City. Ginger was one of the first six funded. As Principal Investigator, her expertise has created internship opportunities for students and has given her a national presence. This innovative model has been duplicated nationally.

Ginger's influence is far and wide. …

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