Contact

Erinn Barcomb-Peterson
KU News Service
785-864-8858

University mourns professor emeritus Dennis Saleebey

Tue, 07/29/2014

LAWRENCE — Dennis Saleebey, professor emeritus from the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, died July 16. He had been a part of the KU community since he joined the faculty in 1987. He retired from the university in 2006.

“On behalf of the KU community, I send my condolences to the family of Dennis Saleebey,” said Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little. “His legacy lives on at KU and the School of Social Welfare.”

Saleebey’s early work looked at oppression in female populations, the ability of adolescents to engineer and initiate change, empowerment for clients, and the construction of meaning and knowledge. These coalesced and fed his work as one of the creators of the Strengths Perspective — focusing on an individual’s strengths and available resources to solve a problem.

“In the School of Social Welfare, our thoughts and prayers are with Dennis’ family and those close to him,” said Tom McDonald, interim dean. 

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2, at Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th St. A celebration of life will follow at 5:30 p.m. at the Cider Gallery, 810 Pennsylvania St.



KU in the news
Discovery NewsTue, 12/16/2014
The Huffington PostTue, 12/16/2014
Jaclyn Carpenter, a junior studying American Studies, took a moment after finishing her finals to wander around Marvin Grove — know the feeling? But Jaclyn told us her semester was a good one. Her favorite class this year? Jewish American Literature, "because professor Cheryl Lester really knows how to engage with her classes." This made us want to know: What was your favorite class and why? Jaclyn added some advice: “You're only on this campus for four years, so take any free time you have to explore all the unique wonders it has." We love that idea, Jaclyn. #exploreKU

Show us your crimson and blue holiday decorations for a chance to be featured next week!
Curiosity sparks KU paleontologist Chris Beard’s quest for man’s ancient cousins When he’s not scrutinizing ancient primate fossils in his KU lab, world-renowned paleontologist Chris Beard (http://bit.ly/1w3TQSj) is out stalking human evolutionary ancestors in remote corners of Libya, Turkey, China, Myanmar, Kazakhstan, Cambodia, Egypt, Tunisia, or Kenya. Beard, who came to KU as a Foundation Distinguished Professor, has a passion for being out in the middle of nowhere and making a discovery — “There’s nothing better than that. It’s fabulous.”


One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times