Dr. Richard Schoech Named

UTA School of Social Work Dulak Professor

Press Release, UTA Office of Public Affairs, 16 Jan 2003:  Dr. George Wright, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of the University of Texas at Arlington has announced that Dr. Richard Schoech was named by President Robert Witt as the Dulak Professor for the UTA School of Social Work. 

The Dulak Professorship was established in 1978 on the eve of the late Roy E. Dulak’s retirement as executive director of the Community Council of Greater Dallas. Mr. Dulak’s noted and inspiring career spanned over 40 years of public service. He was one of the early advocates for the establishment of the school of social work and served on it’s board after it was founded. The Roy E. Dulak Endowed Professorship was established as enduring evidence of appreciation for a great man and his work and to provide an educational legacy for the development of effective human services.

The purpose of the Dulak Professorship is to support and honor an outstanding faculty member who substantially enriches the educational, service and research program at the School of Social Work in the area of community practice and who promotes strong relationships between UTA and the surrounding community.

Dr. Schoech has been on the faculty of the UTA School of Social Work since 1978. He is currently a Professor in Administrative and Community Practice. He has previously worked as the Executive Director of a Comprehensive Health Planning Council in Columbus IN, as a regional human services planner, and in several other human service agencies.  His career began as a health planner working for Roy Dulak and Dr. Peter Gaupp, the previous Dulak honoree. He received a BA in Psychology from UT-Austin, and an MSSW and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Administration from the UTA Schools of Business, Social Work, and Urban Studies.

Professor Schoech is founder and coordinator of the Computer Use in Social Services Network (CUSSNet), and founder and editor of the Journal of Technology in Human Services, published by Haworth Press. He has written three books and numerous articles on human service technology and has been the principal investigator on grants to develop applications in child protective services, aging, HIV/AIDS, and developmental disabilities.  He currently is the principal investigator on two grants.  One grant is designing an interactive Web based decision support system that gives child protective services workers graphical assess to agency data.  The other grant is developing substanceabuseprevention.org, a virtual Web based community to help youth stay off of drugs.

His research interests include distance learning, performance support systems, knowledge engineering, and high-technology culture. Past research and development activities involve developing multimedia and World Wide Web computer based training and decision making materials. Combining his interests in human service development and information technology, Dr. Schoech is interested “in designing service delivery structures that exist when information (text, data, pictures, video, virtual reality, etc) is globally available instantly between clients, social workers, managers, researchers, and policy makers.”

“This is a well deserved honor for Professor Schoech” said Dean Santos Hernández, of the UTA School of Social Work.  “Professor Schoech is an outstanding researcher and teacher.  His ground breaking work in the community to improve services and bring new service technology to social work practice continues the legacy established to honor Roy E. Dulak.”

“I am pleased and honored to be the Dulak Professor for the UTA School of Social Work.  Roy was not only well respected but also loved by the Dallas community.  He is one of the reasons we have a strong school of social work today.  I benefited greatly by watching Roy work and also by receiving my Masters and PhD from the school of social work that he helped build.  This award will allow me to continue to benefit from his legacy.  Roy pioneered in researching and developing effective human services for the Dallas community.  Now his influence can help me in my research and development efforts to use the Internet and computers to provide more effective human services for the global community.”

Former recipients of the Dulak Professorship were Dr. Peter Gaupp and Dr. Martin Sundel.