"I work with students to help them gain an understanding of the dynamic nature of poverty and opportunity at both the local and global levels of practice. In particular, I focus on the influence social workers can have on the collaborative activities of organizations and resources in poor communities."
Poverty; employment; organizations
Kathleen A. Kost, associate professor, joined the UB School of Social Work as an assistant professor in 1994 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work, where she received her doctorate in social welfare with a minor in social policy. She has held several leadership positions in the School, including UB Institute for Nonprofit Agencies director, interdisciplinary programs director, MSW program director and associate dean for Academic Affairs.
Kost’s latest research focuses on community development initiatives in Tanzania and the effects of various models of organizational collaboration on agencies and access to resources in poor communities. Complimenting these efforts, she has supervised two advanced-year students in their placements in Musoma Tanzania and another advanced-year student in Moshi Tanzania. In both cases students are placed with organizations that provide shelter and services to street children. Her pedagogical attention centers on social welfare policy, organizational behavior and management and community practice.
The recipient of a National Network of Social Work Managers Mark Moses Social Work Manager fellowship in 2009, Kost has represented the school on the Faculty Senate as well as several University-wide committees including Institutional Assessment and the Schomburg Fellowship.