Terry Northcut Named Lucian and Carol Welch Matusak Endowed Professor
Loyola University Chicago School of Social Work Professor and Ph.D. Program Director Terry Northcut has been named the Lucian and Carol Welch Matusak Endowed Professor.
The endowment is a five-year term and recognizes Northcut's longstanding commitment to strengthening opportunities for social workers and social work students. Northcut will be dividing the funding between two projects.
The first will provide continuing education opportunities to social workers in supervisory roles, allowing them to assist staff in providing comprehensive behavioral health services in communities that need it most.
The second project will provide assistance to aspiring doctoral students on their applications. Northcut said many of these applicants are often first-generation students or from underserved communities. They've shown they have the capability to complete a doctoral degree, but lack the preparation or academic training to complete a good application.
"It's a wonderful opportunity for Loyola to continue to provide life-long learning for our graduates and give back to the communities we serve by training supervisors and helping scaffold prospective students to move into leadership via doctoral study," said Northcut.
About the Lucian and Carol Welch Matusak Endowment
Dr. Lucian R. Matusak and Mrs. Carol Welch Matusak established the Lucian and Carol Welch Matusak Endowed Professorship for the School of Social Work in 1999 with a generous bequest from Dr. Matusak’s estate. Dr. Matusak (BA ’43, MD ’46) had a successful 43-year career as an ophthalmologist after graduating from Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine. Mrs. Matusak is an alumna of Rosary College and has an M.S.W. from the University of Illinois. In addition to the Matusak professorship at the School of Social Work, Dr. and Mrs. Matusak’s generosity also funded a professorial chair in ophthalmology at Loyola's Stritch School of Medicine and the Robert Dyba Matusak Endowed Scholarship for undergraduates.