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Ken Kindelsperger was a graduate of George Williams College in Chicago and of Syracuse University Graduate School. He has been an innovator, designer, and distinguished administrator in graduate school education. His long academic career in social work began in Syracuse after World War II during which he served as a Navy Lieutenant Commander. First a lecturer at the University, he climbed the administrative ladder to become Associate Professor and Acting Director of the Syracuse University School of Social Work and then, in 1962, on to the Dean's post in Louisville. There was one year's interval-1957-1958- when he, was consultant on social work education in Madras, India, which really began his international experience.
His principal contributions were made at the Raymond A. Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, a post he assumed in 1962.. He served as a professor for more than three decades and later as Dean until he retired in 1973. Among his numerous accomplishments to social work education were the establishment of the first doctoral program in social work in the South, the development of generic approaches to social work education, extensive development of the design and use of learning centers for field instruction, and the creation of a highly successful career-educator development program for full-time field faculty from universities throughout the United States.
He has served on the Board of Direct ors of the Council on Social Work Education and as a member and chairman of several committees of the National Institute of Mental Health. He has been active in the National Conference on Social Welfare over the years in many capacities. His international activity has consisted of the chairmanship of the CSWE Committee on International Social Work Education, a delegate from the United States to the International Conferences of Social Work, in 1962 to the Pre-Conference Working Party in Brazil, and in 1964 to the ICSW Conference in Athens, Greece.
His scholarly publications reflect his many interests in practice and education, spanning group work and group methods, supervision, field instruction, training centers, and the nature of social work knowledge.