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Georgia Pinnick (1910 - 1992)
Georgia Daniel Pinnick was director of field instruction at Howard University from 1960 to 1973. She established standards for field instruction that increased the effectiveness, standardization, and importance of the practicum component of the education of Howard School of Social Work students.
Pinnick’s main field of practice was in child welfare and public social services. Prior to her work at Howard University, she served at Family and Children Services in Hartford, Connecticut. In 1935 she moved to Albuquerque and joined what was known as a “transient bureau.” She also served on a Navajo Reservation at that time.
Pinnick also worked at child welfare bureaus in Pennsylvania and Indiana and at the St. Louis Country Department of Child Welfare. Pinnick was a field instructor at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. After her retirement from Howard University, she worked at a program for the disabled in Arlington, Virginia.
Georgia Pinnick earned her MSW from the New York School of Social Work (now Columbia) in 1945. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in 1932.
Pinnick, G. (1971). The educationally disadvantaged - Implications for social work education. Educationally Disadvantaged Students in Social Work Education, Council on Social Work Education, pp. 101-110.