Janet Carter-Black


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Educational Background

Dr. Janet Carter-Black is a Teaching Professor and BSW Program Director at the University of Illinois School of Social Work. Dr. Carter-Black received her PhD and her Master of Social Work with a child welfare administration concentration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was among the first cohort of first generation college students of color admitted to the university under the Special Educational Opportunities Program (Project 500). After a 21 years career at a private residential child welfare agency that included direct practice and administrative positions, in 2005 she joined the faculty at the School of Social Work. Having taught across undergraduate and graduate programs, Dr. Carter-Black currently teaches the Diversity: Identities and Issues course, which fulfills a U.S. Minority Cultures and an Advanced Composition requirement for undergraduate students. She serves as the Diversity Committee chair, and as an Advisory Board member for the Journal of Undergraduate Social Work Research (JUSWR).

Research and Practice Interests

Professor Carter-Black’s research interests include resilience in African American families, focusing on parenting strategies that facilitate healthy development and success trajectories for children despite external structural forces, particularly racism and discriminatory practices.

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