Irving, Allan

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Born in 1945. York University (Toronto), B.A. in Philosophy, 1967. Carleton University (Ottawa), M.A. in Social Work, 1972. University of Toronto, Ph.D. in Social Work (A Canadian Fabian: The Life and Work of Harry Cassidy), 1982.

Ontario. Ministry of Correctional Services: social worker from 1967 to 1970, and in 1972 and 1973 ; social worker consultant from 1973 to 1976. Big Brothers Association of Ottawa and District: executive director from 1973 to 1976. Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre: founding member in 1975-1976. Ottawa-Carleton Citizens Advocacy: member of the board of directors from 1974 to 1976. University of Western Ontario. King’s College: assistant professor at the Department of Social Work from 1980 to 1984. Wilfrid Laurier University: he taught graduate courses from 1987 to 1990 and in 1992. University of Toronto. Faculty of Social Work (FSW): assistant professor, from 1984 to 1987 ; associate professor with tenure, from 1984 to 2000 ; associate dean, student affairs in 1989 to 1991. Irving also participated in the administrative activities of the FSW as chairperson of the Faculty Council from 1986 to 1988 ; chairperson of the Teaching Faculty in 1988 and 1989 ; chair of the Ph.D and M.S.W. Studies committees in 1989 and 1990 and member from 1996 to 1998 ; member of the Ph.D Admission Committee from 1988 to 1990 ; chair of the Teaching Effectiveness Committee in 1991 and 1992, and member from 1992 to 1995 ; member of the Tenure committee in 1992 ; member of the Executive Committee from 1992 to 1995 ; member of the Committee to Rank Students for Fellowship and Awards from 1992 to 1998. University of Toronto. School of Graduate Studies (SGS): member of the council, the Executive Committee (division II) and the Degree Committee (division II) in 1989 and 1990 ; member of the School’s committee to examine the SGS leave policy from 1989 to 1991. University of Toronto: member of the Settlement House’s board of directors, in 1985 and 1986 ; member of the School of Graduate Studies’ Graduate Faculty since 1988 ; member of the Harold Innis Foundation’s board of directors from 1988 to 1992 ; member of the Academic Board of the University from 1991 to 1995 ; member of the Archives advisory committee on the University of Toronto Library Oral History program, from 1991 to 1995. University of Toronto Faculty Association Council: Faculty of Social Work representative from 1994 to 1998; member of the External Affairs Committee from 1994 to 1998; member of the Executive Committee from 1995 to 1998; and chairperson of the Academic Freedom Committee in 1997 and 1998. Widener University (Chester, Pennsylvania : United States). Center for Social Work: professor since 1998. Allan Irving also participate actively in the administrative activities of the Center for Social Work: member of the Academic Affairs Committee since 1998 and chairperson since 1999 ; member of the Honors Advisory Committee since 1999 ; member of the Continuing Education Committee since 1999 ; member of the Diversity Committee from 1998 to 2000. Widener University. School of Human Service Professions: member of the Academic Council since 2000 ; member of the Promotion and Tenure Committee since 2000.

Allan Irving received various fellowships, honours and awards: Ontario Government Fellowship from the Ministry of Correctional Services for M.S.W study at Carleton University, 1970-1972 ; National Health and Welfare Fellowship from the Canadian Government for doctoral studies, 1977-1980 ; FSW’s Teacher of the Year Award in 1989-1990, 1992-1993, 1993-1994, 1994-1995 and in 1996-1997 ; FSW’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 1991-1992 ; nominated by the FSW for an Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Association (OCUFA) teaching award in 1993-1994 ; awarded the FSW’s “Teacher who Most Represents Social Work Values” in 1997-1998 ; elected to membership in the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, March 2000.

Allan Irving also participated into the activities of various organizations. Canadian Review of Social Policy: member of the editorial board and reviewer of articles since 1985 ; book reviewer editor from 1985 to 1991 ; and guest editor for a special issue on the history of social work in Canada published in 1995. Reviewer of articles for the following journals, 1985 to present: Canadian Social Work Review, Journal of Canadian Studies, Social History/Histoire social, BC Studies, Canadian Public Policy. St. Christopher Settlement House: member of the advisory committee on writing the history of the house from 1985 to 1992. Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS): chair of the selection panel in 1990. Social Planning of Metropolitan Toronto: member of the board of directors from 1989 to 1991. University of Toronto Press: reviewer of book manuscripts in 1991 and 1993. Wilfrid Laurier University Press: reviewer of book manuscripts in 1993. Columbia University Press: reviewer of book proposals and manuscripts since 1998. Social Work: consulting editor since 2000.

Research activities: Canadian social policy ; history of social work and social welfare in Canada ; social administration and social policy ; and community organization and development.


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