Lisa Ferretti

Lisa Ferretti, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, has been named a recipient of Temple University’s Faculty Senate Service Award.

In her time at Temple, Ferretti has engaged in meritorious service to the School of Social Work, the College of Public Health, the university, and the community. She has served on committees including the Faculty, Staff and Student Recognition & Management Committee, Student Awards Committee, Student Scholarships Committee, Faculty Research and Study Leave Committee, and the SSW PIRC Search Committee, among others.

Ferretti joined the Faculty Senate Steering Committee in 2018, where she has taken on various leadership positions, including vice president. Her involvement in faculty governance includes serving on the Committee on Faculty Disability Concerns, the Faculty Herald Advisory Board, and as chair of the Committee on Administrative and Trustee Appointments.

She has also served on the Office of the Provost's University Research and Creative Achievement Awards Committee and the Mental Health and Wellness Task Force. In addition, Ferretti serves as the Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, Advocacy, and Leadership’s (IDEAL) equal opportunity ombudsperson.

Ferretti has served the City of Philadelphia as a facilitator during the North Central and Center City Crime Victim Services merger; as a consultant for the Philly Empowering Communities Project; and as a member of the Philadelphia Corporation on Aging Health Promotion Advisory Committee. She also serves on two committees in New York City: the New York City Health Promotion Advisory Committee and the New York City Falls Prevention Program Committee.

A licensed MSW, Ferretti is an Atlantic Philanthropies and John A. Hartford Foundation Practice Change Fellow and a national trainer in the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program. She’s a consulting editor of the journal Social Work and a member of the Pennsylvania Diabetes Action Network (DAN).

Ferretti says her service is about being the change she wants to see in the world. “It is an honor to engage with students, colleagues, community members and administrators to consider where we can commit our energy to create the most vibrant and just community on campus and off," she says. "We all have an important role to play in bringing to life Temple’s mission, and that must focus on serving our university community and our neighbors. This award is a great honor and one that I hope will inspire others to recognize the ways that they serve the Temple community every day.”

“The well-being of our schools, colleges and university requires leadership and a willingness to serve from so many at Temple University,” says School of Social Work Director Philip McCallion. “Lisa Ferretti is a great ambassador for the School of Social Work and the College of Public Health, and she exemplifies the commitment to service that is so needed and appreciated.”

Ferretti was nominated by her colleague, associate professor Cheri Carter. “No matter the role, Ferretti demonstrates passion, compassion, accountability, and humility,” says Carter. “Her approach is collaborative. She leans into her strengths and encourages others to do the same.”