ZANESVILLE — As the first tenure track Social Work Faculty at Ohio University-Zanesville Dr. Karen Slovak, has advocated to offer a complete Bachelor of Arts in Social Work degree for area residents.
Her success in this venture as the degree is offered for the first time this fall, was among several reasons she was named Ohio University’s Regional Higher Education Professor of the Year for 2011.
Couple this with outstanding teaching evaluations, a strong research program with colleagues and involving her students, and exceptional service to the University and the community and it is quite obvious why Slovak was the choice for the award.
Slovak’s research agenda includes rural issues, suicide and firearms, School Social Work, and cyberbullying. She is credited with 14 scholarly publications, including two book chapters, specific to research she conducted. In addition she has presented at scholarly national and international conferences.
She has held numerous leadership positions at Ohio University-Zanesville and has helped initiate two learning communities among her colleagues.
In addition she serves on the review board of two journals and is active within professional social work organizations.
She is also the co-advisor, with Dr. Dev Poling, for the campus’ Good Intentions Group (GiG), which engages in community service learning projects.
Slovak has been a member of the Ohio University-Zanesville faculty since 2004.
She and her husband, John Martin, have two children Benjamin, 8, and Addison, 6. She is the daughter of Milan (deceased) and Barbara Slovak of Avon.