Aug. 28, 2003
TWO ULM PROFESSORS RECEIVE PH.D.'S
To: News Directors and News Editors
From: Veronika Avery, Coordinator of Media Relations, 342-5444
Pamela Higgins Saulsberry, professor of social work,
and Jenny Savage, associate professor social work, both at the
University of Louisiana at Monroe, were awarded the doctor of
philosophy degree Aug. 2 at Jackson State University in Mississippi.
Saulsberry's dissertation is entitled "Racial Socialization,
Academic Performance and Social Adjustment in African American
Youth: A Multivariate Analysis." Her study establishes that
parents who include strong positive racial socialization in child
rearing improve the ability of youth to cope with racial discrimination
that may deter their personal success in adulthood.
Savage's dissertation, "Keeping the Promise of Permanence:
Older Child Permanent Placement Stability Predicted From Externalizing
Behavior and Adaptability, describes the use of standardized
assessment instruments in the process of matching children exiting
state custody with parents wishing to adopt them. She found that
prevention of adoption disruption for these children over the
age of three years might be possible with more deliberate matching
Saulsberry and Savage have been members of the social work
faculty for 29 and 16 years respectively.
Jackson State University, located in Jackson, Miss., is
a Research I University and is the oldest urban historically
black college or university in the South. Its School of Social
Work, with both undergraduate and graduate programs accredited
by the Council on Social Work Education, began its Ph.D. in social
work program in 1997. Savage and Saulsberry were among the charter
class members and are the first women graduates with a Ph.D.
in social work from JSU. They were the third and fourth graduates
among the original 13 members of the 1997 charter class.