The History of Social Work
Dorothy Robinson was appointed as assistant professor of social work in
1956. Prior to her joining the faculty, Robinson had earned a B.A. degree at
Wayne State University and an M.S.W. degree at Michigan and had served
in a number of social work positions, including caseworker at Jewish Social
Services and casework supervisor at University of Michigan Hospital and
the Veteran's Readjustment Center. Robinson had attained the rank of
professor prior to the time of her death in 1978.
In a memorial statement, the regents noted, "Throughout her career
Professor Robinson contributed a critical perspective gained through
practice experience and a long-time interest in the clinical practice of social
work and in mental health programs. She always treated her clients, her
students, and her colleagues with great respect. She believed in students, in
their ability to learn and to succeed. The brightness of her spirit and her
concern for students was a dominant theme in her life at the School of Social
Work" (Board of Regents, 1978).