The Social Work Office of Research and Public Service (SWORPS) began in the mid 1970's as a small arm of the University of Tennessee College of Social Work that could provide continuing education for social workers in the state of Tennessee. The morphing of SWORPS into today’s form has been a gradual process that continues to evolve.
As a service center within the University of Tennessee, SWORPS works directly with state agencies and regional policy makers, linking them to academic and professional resources. Our research skills and staff-development expertise allow us to be involved at any stage of a project, from development through implementation and review. This past year more than $3 million dollars in work was contracted through the office, and 48 employees worked for the organization. Our vision for SWORPS and a highly motivated staff have made the collaborations successful. Please view our services to learn more about what SWORPS can do for you.
has always had long-term success. We have gained support by producing a quality product, meeting deadlines, and understanding the environment in which the programs we work with exist.
clients on local, state, and national levels ranging from the Knoxville Community Action Agency to the Tennessee Department of Human Services to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. We partner with organizations such as the Signal Centers, Inc., the Knoxville City Government and the Tennessee Department of Education to carry out service and research projects
are serious and purpose-driven, hard-working and energetic, ready to take on new challenges and use new methods to creatively solve problems. We are committed to meeting the needs of our clients and those of the children and families they serve.
Knoxville, Tennessee 37996 | 865-974-1000
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