policy expert Edward Lawlor to head SSA
Edward F. Lawlor, an associate professor in the School of Social
Service Administration and the Irving B. Harris Graduate School
of Public Policy Studies, becomes dean of the SSA on July 1. Lawlor
succeeds Professor Jeanne C. Marsh, the SSA’s dean since 1988.
“It is a source of great pride and pleasure that the next dean
of the school comes from the faculty,” says Marsh, who will be returning
to teaching and research. “I know others share my enthusiasm for
Eddie’s deanship and my optimism for the school.”
Lawlor was a research associate at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School
of Government before receiving his Ph.D. from Brandeis University
in 1984, the same year he joined the Chicago faculty.
Director of both the Center for Health Administration Studies and
the graduate program in health administration and policy studies
since 1990, Lawlor has published on medical indigence, hospital
reimbursement and performance, health-care reform, and health administration
and policy for the aged and the poor. The founding editor of the
Public Policy and Aging Report, he is currently working on a book
on Medicare reimbursement policy.
In the public realm, Lawlor is secretary of the City of Chicago
Board of Health and coordinates an international program in Romanian
health management and policy, sponsored by the United States Agency
for International Development.
Lawlor says he’s inheriting a strong school at a time of flux in
the field: “Welfare reform, managed care, and changes in child welfare
are creating new demands for social services and the social work