- Fulbright Award (2012)
Margaret Ellen Adamek is a professor and director of the Ph.D. program in the IU School of Social Work at IUPUI. She earned her B.S. in Social Work in 1982 from the University of Dayton, her M.S.W. from Washington University in 1983, and her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University in 1989. She was a member of the faculty at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign before joining the IU faculty in 1997 as an associate professor in the School of Social Work and became professor in 2003. She served as the director of the IUPUI Office of Gerontology from 1997-1999. Adamek was a member of the first cohort of Hartford Geriatric Social Work Faculty Scholars where she researched mental health issues in older adults. Since 2017, Adamek has served as a founding board member of the Indiana Chapter Fulbright Association. Her research and teaching interests center around elder suicide, issues facing elders in developing countries, as well as the development of scholarly writing and doctoral seminars in the field of Social Work. Adamek received a Fulbright Award in the fall of 2012 for a ten-month teaching project in Ethiopia at Addis Ababa University (AAU) School of Social Work and Social Development where she assisted Ph.D. students towards degree completion. In addition to teaching and counseling students, she examined the perceptions of social science faculty throughout Ethiopia, the writing abilities and needs of students, and the resources and strategies needed to strengthen and support students’ writing. 2012 marked her fourth trip to Ethiopia to work with doctoral students at AAU.