Héctor Luis Díaz

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Héctor Luis Díaz
Professor and Senior Editor Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare
(269) 387-7329
4430 Health and Human Services Building, Mail Stop 5354
Mailing address: 
School of Social Work
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5354 USA

Dr. Héctor Luis Díaz currently serves as professor and senior editor of the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, after having served as director of the Western Michigan University (WMU) School of Social Work from 2013 to 2018. He came to WMU from the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV), College of Health Science and Human Services, where he served as professor and chair of the Department of Social Work. Prior to assuming the leadership of the UT– RGV social work department, he coordinated a binational Ph.D. program at the University of Texas at Arlington, and he was a member of the graduate faculties of Andrews University and Loma Linda University.  Dr. Díaz was a social work practitioner, supervisor and administrator for 15 years before entering academia in 1992.

Dr. Díaz’ leadership within the social work profession has included serving as: 

  • Treasurer, National Association of Social Work Deans and Directors
  • Member of CSWE’s Strategic Planning Committee
  • President Elect, Association of Latina & Latino Social Work Educators
  • Board Member, International Consortium for Social Development
  • Accreditation Site Visitor, Council on Social Work Education
  • Chair of Western Michigan University’s Organization of Chairs and Directors
  • Treasurer Association of Latina and Latino Social Work Educators
  • Chair of the University of Texas Pan-American, Council of Department Chairs
  • President of the Texas Association of Social Work Deans and Directors
  • Secretary of the Texas Association of Social Work Deans and Directors

He has published and presented widely in the areas of socio-economic development, social welfare policy, cultural issues, and international social work education. His publications include two books: Strengthening Democracy through Community Capacity Building: A Study of Four Latin American Countries, and Alcohol Abuse and Acculturation among Puerto Ricans in the United States: A Sociological Study.