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John Romanyshyn (1920 - 2002)


Pioneering Contributions

John Romanyshyn served for over 50 years on state and local social agency boards and was a member of several commissions to study state and local social welfare policy in order to improve social services to the citizens of Maine.  Romanyshyn developed the first undergraduate social work department in Maine and served as its chair at the University of Southern Maine.  He also developed a series of summer workshops on social welfare sponsored by the Council on Social Work Education.  These were designed for undergraduate social work faculty that were building undergraduate social work curricula at universities nationwide. 


The commissions and committees on which he has served include: the Advisory Committee to the Maine Bureau of Social Welfare; the State Mental Health Planning Committee; and the State Commission to Evaluate the Adequacy of the AFCD Need and Payment Standards.  He was responsible for the 1990 Commission Report to the state legislature.  During the 1960’s, Romanyshyn was a member of numerous anti-poverty organizations in Maine.



Career Highlights

John Romanyshyn was an instructor at the Department of Sociology at the University of Maine (Orono) from 1946 – 1950 and was promoted to professor within a few years.  After earning his M.A. degree, he was responsible for developing undergraduate curriculum at the department from 1953-1967.


He was the Margaret Payson Professor of Social Work at the University of Southern Maine (Portland) from 1967 – 1983 and served as the Chair in Social Work from 1970-76. Under his tenure the baccalaureate social work program received its initial CSWE accreditation in 1974.

He officially retired from the University of Southern Mane in 1983 but continued to teach until 1998.


Biographic Data

John Romanyshyn received his M.A. from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration in 1952 and his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Oklahoma in 1942.  He also did graduate work in Sociology at Columbia University from 1945-46.


Significant Achievements and Awards

2001, 1971, and 1970:  Who’s Who in America

1980: Outstanding Educators of America

1965: Recipient of the first Samuel and Lois Silberman Fund Award.

1962-1973: Member of CSWE Board of Directors

1971-1973: Served as CSWE’s Second Vice President

1968 – 1970: Member of Commission on Accreditation and Member of Division of Professional Standards of NASW.  He was also on the Editorial Advisory Board and book editor of Social Work.

1951: Elsa Reinhardt Award from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago


Significant Publications

John Romanyshyn has written numerous book reviews, chapters and presentations.  Highlights include:


Romanyshyn, J.M. (ed.) (1974). Social Science and Social Welfare: Council on Social Work
Education. New York, NY: Council on Social Work Education.


Romanyshyn, J.M. (1971). Social Welfare: Charity to Justice. New York, NY: Random House.


Romanyshyn, J.M. (1963). Social welfare as a social institution. In Illustrative Syllabi for the Basic Course in Undergraduate Social Welfare, New York, NY: Council on Social Work Education.



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