Loyola University Chicago

The Graduate School


Faculty Member of the Year -Dr. Katherine Tyson McCrea!

Faculty Member of the Year -Dr. Katherine Tyson McCrea!

The Council of Graduate School Programs selected Dr. Katherine Tyson McCrea for this award because of her extraordinary work as a teacher, researcher and practitioner in the field of social work. She has been a tireless scholar and advocate for children, youth and families. Her desire to connect with and to serve students in the university as well as her local and global community is inspiring.

In her thirty years as a faculty member at Loyola, Dr. Tyson McCrea has authored more than thirty peer-reviewed articles and a critical research textbook in the field. She also developed the Empowering Counseling Program, which serves severely disadvantaged youth in high-poverty communities of color while supporting social work graduate students as they learn how best to serve these communities.

Former students have noted Dr. Tyson McCrea’s unique ability to “simultaneously affirm her student’s personal worth and challenge them to actualize their intellectual potential,” exhibiting both academic excellence and compassion. She is recognized for her commitment to Ignatian pedagogical values, valuing of diverse perspectives, and high expectations for her students.

Through partnerships with international universities and the Global Partnership for Transforming Social Work, Dr. Tyson McCrea has been a leader in building international connections for social work education and research.

Dr. Tyson McCrea’s contributions to the field of social work through research, teaching, mentorship, and practice are exceptional and we are proud to have her as a longstanding member of the Loyola community.