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Rosemary C. Sarri
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Rosemary A. Sarr, professor of social work in the School of Social Work and faculty associate in the Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research, retired from active faculty status on May 31, 1993, after 34 years of service to the University of Michigan.

Professor Sarri obtained her B.A degree from the University of Minnesota in 1946, her M.S.W. degree from the University of Minnesota in 1955, and her Ph.D. degree in social work and sociology from the University of Michigan in 1962. After gaining several years of professional experience in the field, Professor Sarri joined the faculty of the University of Michigan School of Social Work in 1959 as a lecturer. She was promoted to assistant professor in 1962, associate professor in 1964, and professor in 1966.

Scholars and professional practitioners the world over consider Professor Sarri to be a leading expert in the areas of child/family welfare policy and juvenile and criminal justice systems. Most recently, she has collaborated with universities in Australia and Korea on the topics of child welfare and adoption and was appointed by the minister of education to the Russian Social Welfare Commission to help develop educational standards and curriculum guidelines for social work education programs in Russia.

Professor Sarri has done extensive research and published widely on public policy issues related to families, children, women, and justice systems. She has also served the School of Social Work, the University, and many government agencies through her extensive committee, consulting, and community activities. Her teaching has been inspirational and her mentorship of students noteworthy. Her retirement marks the departure of an esteemed member of the faculty of the School of Social Work who has been devoted to the improvement of social welfare systems.

The Regents now salute this faculty member by naming Rosemary A Sarri professor emerita of social work.

Bio - The History of Social Work - Fellin

Rosemary Conzemius Sarri enrolled in the school's Joint Doctoral Program with B.A. and M.S.W. degrees from the University of Minnesota and extensive professional social work experience. She served as a lecturer during her doctoral studies, completing a Ph.D. degree in 1962, and became an assistant professor at that time, hence moving through the ranks to full professor.

At the school she gained distinction through her research, teaching, and writing, as well as her contributions to international social welfare programs throughout the world. Among Sarri's teaching areas were gender studies, deviant behavior, executive leadership, social policy, and families and children in poverty.

She served in several important administrative positions at the school, including head of the doctoral program, director of admissions, and head of the social welfare administration program.

Honors to Sarri include a Fulbright Senior Scholarship, honorary degree D.H.L. from Western Maryland College, Significant Life-Time Achievement Award from the Council on Social Work Education, School of Social Work Distinguished Alumni Award, NASW Presidential Award for Research, and the University of Michigan Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award.

Sarri was named professor emerita of social work in 1993, at which time the Rosemary Sarri Scholarship was established. Professor Sarri resides in Ann Arbor and continues to carry out research as faculty associate and senior research professor emerita at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research.

Rosemary C. Sarri (1960-93) was the third major appointment to the group work program. Sarri began teaching Group Work I in 1960, moving on to teaching Group Work II, III, and IV as well. Sarri played a significant role in the development of the group work program, as well as the program in social welfare administration.