Kay S. Hoffman
Ph.D., Wayne State University, 1979
(859) 257-6650
  • Higher Education
  • Organizational Culture
  • Curriculum Development

Dr. Kay Hoffman served as dean and professor at the University of Kentucky from 1998 to 2009. Before coming to the University of Kentucky, she was the director of the School of Social Work at Radford University in VA. Prior to that she held faculty positions at New Mexico State University, Wayne State University and Marygrove College in Detroit, MI. She completed her Bachelor Arts at Ohio University; her Master of Social Work at Ohio State University and her PhD from Wayne State University. Her areas of practice were in child welfare, mental health and aging.

Creating partnerships between academic social work and fields of practice and policy, including public child welfare and mental health services is an ongoing interest and commitment. Dr. Hoffman participates in a number of collaborative efforts in Kentucky including the University Training Consortium, the Blue Ribbon Panel on Adoptions and the Human Services Safety Workgroup. Under Dr. Hoffman’s leadership the College of Social Work engages in translational research in mental health, child welfare, community development and violence prevention. In addition, her leadership within academic social work as the past president of the Council on Social Work Education, her board membership of the International Association of Schools of Social Work, her membership on the Commission on Curriculum Excellence and Innovation, and the Task Force on doctoral education in social work all point to enhancing means by which the profession is strengthened.

Dean Hoffman is the author of many articles, two books and has presented papers at conferences and meetings throughout the world. Recently, she spoke at the International Forum for Social Workers in Seoul, Korea, the Leadership Institutes at the Council on Social Work Education and the Annual Program Meeting of CSWE and she serves as a member of the Transition Team, offering leadership to a collaborative effort of nine social work organizations working toward unification of the profession. At the University of Kentucky, Dean Hoffman teaches ethics in the doctoral program and has directed three doctoral dissertations.