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Social Work Office of Research & Public Service

Who We Are

The Social Work Office of Research and Public Service (SWORPS) began nearly 35 years ago 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 and one that is continuing.

My goal has always been to look at long-term success. You gain support by producing a quality product, meeting deadlines and budgets, and understanding the environment in which the programs we work with exist. -- Paul CampbellSWORPS now serves clients on local, state, and national levels ranging from the Knoxville Police Department to the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services to the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This past year more than $3 million dollars in work was contracted through the office, and 38 employees worked for the organization. Campbell's vision for SWORPS and a highly motivated staff has made the collaborations successful.

Individuals who work for SWORPS say that they enjoy meaningful work and see their productivity as connected to serving the social service needs of people in our state and locale.

SWORPS employees are serious and purpose driven, hard working and energetic, ready to take on new challenges and use new methods to creatively solve problems.

What We Can Do for You

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. In addition, SWORPS partners with organizations such as the United Way; Nine Counties. One Vision.; and the Administration on Aging to carry out service and research projects. Go to the Services Page to learn more about what SWORPS can do for you.

The University of Tennessee Conference Center Building houses the SWORPS Knoxville offices.

Contact us:
600 Henley Street
Suite B80
Knoxville, TN 37996-4104
Phone: (865) 974-6015
Fax: (865) 974-3877