Social work

CSUN Social Work Department Founder

Dr. Jean E. Daniels (1942 to 2018)

Dr Jean E Daniels Smiling with flowers

Dr. Jean Daniels, Departments of Social Work and Sociology, began her employment at CSUN with two graduate degrees, a Master in Social Work from Howard University and a Master in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a doctorate in social welfare from UCLA.  During her time at CSUN, Dr. Daniels continued to build the Social Welfare Option in the Sociology Department as its Coordinator. She then served as founder and first Director of the Department of Social Work.  She led the Social Work Department through its first cohort of 27 students and continued to help it grow until her retirement.  Dr. Daniels’ contributions to the National Association of Social Work’s San Fernando Valley Chapter were tireless.  She was recognized for her efforts when she was named Social Worker of the Year in 2002 by this California chapter of National Association of Social Workers.  She published, presented at professional conferences, and displayed leadership in the areas of group work, gerontology (specifically elderly African-American women), international social work, and Afrocentric social work practice.  Dr. Daniels mentored numerous students and faculty.  The Social Work Department honors her yearly by giving the Jean E. Daniels Award to outstanding graduating MSW student leaders. 

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Educational Background

  • University of California, Los Angeles
    School of Social Welfare
    Doctor of Social Welfare
    Major: Social Welfare
    April, 1976
  • University of California, Los Angeles
    School of Public Health
    Master of Public Health,
    Major: Child and International Health
    June, 1973
  • Howard University
    School of Social Work
    Washington, DC
    Major: Group Work
    May, 1966
  • University of Kansas
    Lawrence, Kansas
    Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Arts
    June, 1964

Academic Appointments

California State University, Northridge
Northridge, CA 91330

Social Work Department

  • Full Professor (2006 to 2013)

Sociology Department

  • Part‐time Lecturer (1976 to1977)
  • Assistant Professor (1977 to 1981)
  • Associate Professor (1981 to 1987)
  • Full Professor (1987 to 2006)

University of California, Los Angeles, School of Social Welfare
Los Angeles, CA 90024

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant (1975‐1976)

Professional Postermaster's Social Work Experience

University of California, Los Angeles

August 1966 to August 1971

  • Psychiatric Social Worker
  • Neuropsychiatric Institute
  • Behavioral Sciences Consultant

Los Angeles County, Department of Health Service

September 1973 to June 1976

  • Mental Health Division

Professional, Academic, Community-Related, and Scientific Memberships

  • Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)
  • American Lung Association
  • American Public Health Association
  • California Council on Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • California State Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)‐ No. 3255
  • National Association of Black Social Workers
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Pacific Sociological Association
  • Phi Kappa Phi Society, National Academic Honors organization
  • Phi Beta Delta, Omega Chapter, Honor Society of International Scholars

Community Service Responsibilities and Activities

  • Advisory Board Member, The Rev, Alicia Broadous‐Duncan Senior Center, Pacoima, CA
  • California Chapter, NASW elected to the Committee on Leadership Identification, Regions G,H,I
  • San Fernando Valley Unit of Region G, California NASW Executive Committee

Special Awards, Fellowships, or Recognitions

  • California Chapter, NASW, Region G, San Fernando Valley Unit, Social Worker of the Year, 2002
  • Invited Participant, Aging Summit California Social Work Education Center, Long Beach, CA
  • Who’s Who Among Black Americans

Professional Presentations

  • Ethnic‐Sensitive Learning Strategies for Undergraduates Interested in Social Work Careers, at the 10th Annual Latino Social Work Network, November 29,1999 Burbank, CA (five students from the CSUN, Sociology/Social Welfare option joined me as panelists).
  • Useful Tools to Teach Students Oral Presentation Skills, at the Pacific Sociological Association Meeting, March, 23, 2000, San Diego, CA.
  • The Dynamics of Group Work Practice, for the California Youth Authority, Ventura Youth Correctional Facility, March 8, 2000 Oxnard, CA
  • Biographical Sketches of Elderly African‐American Women, at the International Sociological Association (Biography and Society Section) October 20, 2000 Tavistock Center in London, England.
  • California’s Proposition 21, at the Seventh Annual Conference on Leadership for Culturally Empowered Students, March 21, 2001, University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.
  • Gerontological Social Work at the Watts Health Foundation South Central Los Angeles, June 20, 2001.
  • Elderly African‐American Women, at the California Black Social Workers’ Annual Meeting, October 10, 2002 Westchester, CA.
  • Using Life Histories for Teaching Gender and Aging at the Pacific Sociological Association Annual Meeting, April 15, 2004, San Francisco, CA.
  • Mentoring and Aging, September 11, 2004, Alpha Gamma Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • The Group, African‐American Elderly Women Aging In the United States at the U.S.‐China Conference on Social Work, Oct. 31, 2007


  • Daniels, Jean (2004) Biographical Sketches of Elderly African‐American Women in Later Life, Journal of Women & Aging, Vol. 16(3/4) pp 169‐178.
  • Daniels, Jean (2001) Afrocentric Social Work Practice: the new approach for social work practice intervention, International Social Work Journal Vol 44, no. 3 301‐309.
  • Daniels, Jean (2000) Book Review of Age, Race and Ethnicity by Blakemore and Boneham in the Journal of Cross‐Cultural Gerontology, 15: 261‐263.