I am a Senior Lecturer at Sapir College. For five years I was the coordinator of the International Social Work Track and founded the academic relations between the School of Social Work at Sapir College and the Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work , Nagpur – India. Today I teach international Social work and it is one of my main areas of research. In addition I am one of the founders of "Bet Midrash for Social Work and Judaism" an alternative learning space that embraces the metaphysical world and assists students that are engaged in religion and spirituality to complement and extend the social work profession . Religion spirituality and Social Work is my other area of research.
My experience as a practitioner for twenty five years in the field prior to entering the academic world has had a profound influence on my scientific work. Studying the process that students go through in their academic studies while trying to optimize, improve and modify this process has been the guideline of my scientific work. My research focuses on two particular areas - International Social Work and Religion , Spirituality & Social work.
In the international arena my research has focused on how to prepare students to the challenges that await them in the international arena and study the process they go through while training in field work abroad
The other area of research that I have begun to explore is religion and spirituality, both of which are becoming more important to the profession.
2016- Reward of excellence from Sapir College.
2017- Reward of excellence from Sapir College.
2018- Reward of excellence from Sapir College.
Articles in Refereed Journals
1. Nuttman-Shwartz, O., & Ranz, R. (2014) International social work –Reciprocal working model. British Journal of Social Work, 44,2411-2425, Doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bct080. [5-year IF:1.802]
2- Ranz,R; Nuttman-Shwartz,O, & Thacil, G. (2015), International encounter: Experiences of visitors and hosts in a cross cultural program. Journal of Social Work Education, 51, 343-358 , DOI: 10.1080/10437797.2015.1012933. [5-year IF:0.705]
3. Nuttman – Shwartz, O., & Ranz, R. (2015), Human rights discourse in context of international social work training: An experience of social work students from Israel and India. International Social Work. DOI: 10.1177/0020872815598568 - Published on line. [5-year IF: 0.740]
4. Ranz, R. (2015 ) A psycho-educational learning framework for international field work abroad. International Social Work. DOI: 10.1177/0020872815594227 -Published on line. [5-year IF: 0.740]
5. Ranz , R. & Nuttman-Shwartz, O.(2016). What students' Facebook posts teach us about the identity challenge in field placements abroad? The European Journal of Social Work., DOI: 10.1080/13691457.2016.1185702.Published on line. [5-year IF:0.469]
6. Ranz , R.;Moshe Grodofsky, M. & Ben Abu , N,.( 2016). A "Jewish study hall" influenced approach to social work professional identity development: A qualitative study. Australian Social Work . DOI: 10.1080/0312407X.2016.1221981 .Publised on line.[5-year IF:0.733]
7. Ben Abu,N; Ranz,R; Moshe Grodofsky, M (2017) . Winnicott’s “Potential Space” and the Jewish Study Hall for Social Work Students, Faculty and Practitioners. Journal of Social Work Practice. DOI: 10.1080/02650533.2017.1326472.published on line.
8. Ranz,R.& Korin Langer,N.( 2018) Preparing international social work students to engage with unequal power relations. Social Work Education The International Journal. DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2018.1444158
9. Ranz .R. (accepted) More than Knowledge: Using Reading Diaries and Case Studies in an International Social Work Course. Social Work Education The International Journal.
10. 1. Ranz.R & Allassad Alhuzail. ( 2019) Beyond the Officially Secular: Female Religious Students in the Academic Space. Women's Studies International Forum. 75, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wsif.2019 .
11. Allassad Alhuzail, N. & Ranz ,R. (2019) . Two women two different worlds. International Journal of Leadership in Education Theory and Practice. DOI: 10.1080/13603124.2019.1690707.
1. Ranz, R. & Dekel, R. (2011). Assessment of intervention outcomes in therapeutic communities for recovering addicts: A comparison between Israeli-born and CIS-born individuals. Bitahun Sociali (Social Security), 85, 119-142.
2. Ranz, R., Dekel, R., & Itzhaki, H. (2012). Attributes of drug users entering and dropping out of therapeutic communities: Addicts from the CIS and Israeli-born addicts. Hevra Urevaha (Society and Welfare), 32, 169-188.
Israeli social workers training in Ethiopia and in India: Observing differences & similarities. SC School of Social Work, Los Angeles. Fourth Conference on International Social Work. March 25-27, 2011.
Adolescent girls at risk: An international perspective Stockholm, Sweden Social Work Social Development 2012: Action in Impact Conference. July 8-12, 2012.
Human rights and social justice in international social work. New York, U.S.A NYU Silver Global Social Work Conference June17-19
Social work education & practice in Israel
Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work, Nagpur, India.
International Conference on Emerging Trends in Social Work Profession: International Social Work
February 2nd -3rd 2014.
Education for human rights in international social work education & Reflecting on international field placements Melbourne
Australia. Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development.2014 July, 9-12 2014.
Migration : Overview of issues and concerns in Israel &
Social work fieldwork practicum in the context of migrants in Israel& “How and what do they learn? "A mutual research between social work students from Israel & Indi. Matru Sewa Sangh Institute of Social Work, Nagpur- India
International Seminar on the Issue of Migrants in India & Israel
A psycho-dducational learning framework for international fieldwork abroad
Milan Bicocca University
Milan, Italy. EASSW 2015: Social Work Education in Europe: Towards 2025. June -29th -2nd July 2015.
Social work, religion and spirituality: Using the Beit Midrash methodology to promote personal and professional identity: A qualitative study
What students Facebook posts teach us about the identity challenge in field placements abroad?
Coex, Seoul, Korea. Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, 2016. June 27-30,2016ץ
The Jewish Dyad Learning as an Indigenous Religious and Spiritual Based Pedagogy for Social Work Students workshop.
Reflecting on ‘Do No Harm’ Ethical Principle in International Field Work workshop. Paris. Social work education in Europe: Challenging boundaries, promoting a sustainable future.
The Experience of Muslim and Jewish Religious Social Work Students in a secular school. EASSW,2019: Meaning of Quality of Social Work Education in a changing Europe. Madrid, June 4-6,2019.
Predictors of dropping out of therapy among addicts: A comparison of Israeli-born and CIS-born individuals.
The Louis and Gabi Weisfeld School of Social Work, Bar-Ilan University, Israel. Opening a Window to Social Work Research: A Research Perspective of the professional Field.
From paternalism to cultural relativity: Transformation in the international encounter.
Sapir College, Israel.
International Social Work conference: Education Practice & Research.
International social work training. Zfat College Social Work in the Periphery . May1, 2014.
Judaism & Social Work
Sapir College Sderot Conference for Society. November, 24-25, 2015.
Session Chair -Religion, Spirituality & Social Work Sapir College
Social Work in Peripheral Areas: Challenges and Opportunities. The Second Conference of Schools of Social Work in the Periphery. January, 11, 2016.
Challenges in training social work staff and students abroad. Tel Hai Academic College Conference staffs of social work schools in colleges, Tel Hai Academic College Febuary,9,
Sapir college, Confrence on Diverce Academy. presented a paper on; Coping strategies of Muslim & Jewish religious students of social work in a secular college. November, 20th 2019.
Coping strategies of