June 21, 2017

Martha Raske Retires from EWU School of Social Work

Dr. Martha Raske, Professor and Chair/Director of the EWU School of Social Work, is retiring this year after a long career in social welfare work and higher education. After completing her B.A. at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois she earned the M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling at Illinois Institute of Technology and the MSW and PhD from the Jane Addams College of Social Work in Chicago. Prior to beginning her academic career, Dr. Raske worked as a rehabilitation counselor, social worker, and program administrator in the fields of disability, mental health, crisis management, and higher education. She co-authored and edited the text, Ending Disability Discrimination: Strategies for Social Workers.

Her research focused attention on persons living with mental illness including mothers who were also public child welfare clients, and at the same time maintained a clinical practice providing therapeutic services to families and clinical supervision to child welfare supervisors and managers in rural southern Illinois. When she moved to Washington in 2011 to head the EWU School of Social Work, Dr. Raske joined the leaders of the Children’s Administration, University of Washington Tacoma and Seattle, and Partners for Our Children in organizing the Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence.

In addition to membership on the Executive Team, Dr. Raske partnered with Region 1 Administrator Connie Lambert Eckel to organize and lead the first Alliance Regional Advisory Group. A firm believer in the power of the partnership between public child welfare and higher education, Dr. Raske worked closely with the EWU CWTAP faculty to develop a special course for CWTAP students, which teaches them to apply the core competencies expected for social workers entering the public child welfare workforce.