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Paul Kurzman joined the Hunter College School of Social Work faculty in September, 1974 as an Assistant Professor. He was promoted to Associate Professor in January, 1976, and to Professor in January, 1981. Since 1978, he also has served on the faculty of the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York as a teacher, advisor and dissertation chairperson with the Ph.D. Program in Social Welfare. Dr. Kurzman also serves as Professor (Ethics) in the Hunter College Post-Masters Program in Advanced Clinical Social Work.
Professor Kurzman is an editor or author of 7 books, and many encyclopedia entries, book chapters, and articles in the journals of the health and mental health professions. In the past ten years (1995-2005), he has given 79 presentations in this country and abroad, principally in the areas of Occupational Social Work, Professional Negligence and Malpractice, Management of Nonprofit Organizations and Applied Ethics. He has been active as a consultant and expert witness in malpractice proceedings in Florida, New Jersey, New York, Illinois, Ohio, Texas and Michigan. Dr. Kurzman also served for 26 years – longer than any other person – as a member (and Chair) of the New York State Social Work Licensing Board. In recent years, he has served at NASW as Chairperson of the Board of the National Register of Clinical Social Workers, the National Adjudication Task Force, the National Social Work Insurance Trust and the National Competence Certification Commission.
From 1991 to 1999, Professor Kurzman had the honor of serving as Vice-President and then as President of The General Faculty and The Faculty Delegate Assembly of Hunter College, and as a member of the CUNY Council of Governance Leaders. He was served as President of the 10,000 member New York City Chapter of NASW, and as Chair of its delegation to the 2005 Delegate Assembly.