'I cannot be who I am not and cannot teach what I do not practise.'
I am a social worker. I am an educator. I am a social work educator. But what does this mean?
Being a social worker means the strive towards facilitating the change process in helping individuals to maximise their potential, as well as supporting the marginalised and disadvantaged communities to be empowered.
Being an educator means providing students with an optimal learning environment where they feel safe to question and be curious. In the process of developing a critical mind, it is hoped that students would discover their ‘personal’ and ‘professional’ self and find a better ‘fit’ with their career choices and life goals.
Being a social work educator means that I seek every opportunity to facilitate the learning process for students to develop their potential through a more holistic educational experience. I seek to develop students’ sense of curiosity towards learning and deepen their critical thinking through experiential and reflective process.
It is in being congruent with ‘who’ I am as a social work educator that I can teach and practise simultaneously, with great pleasure.
Dr. Peace Wong is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Social Work, NUS and teaches different practice modules at the undergraduate as well as postgraduate levels. She has graduated with a Ph.D. from NUS, and specialises in social work supervision. Prior to joining NUS, she has worked in the social service sector at the National Council of Social Service (NCSS), Ministry of Social & Family Development (MSF) and SHINE Children & Youth Services. She was involved in management, direct service, as well as research work to enhance social work practice with children and youths, as well as their families.
At present, Dr. Peace Wong actively serves the community through her involvement in the Advisory Board and Discharge Committee & Independent Review Panel (IRP) with MSF, Singapore Association of Social Workers (SASW), Fei Yue Community Services – Advisory Committee for Research (ACR) and Student Advisory Committee at a primary school. She actively promotes the understanding of social work supervision in Singapore by chairing work groups to organise social work supervision seminars, develop Social Work Supervision Guide and social work supervision competency domains. She is currently involved in different consultancy projects related to supervision, early marriages for young couples and school social work.
Teaching Awards / Accolades
Dr. Peace Wong has been awarded various teaching awards as a graduate student and a faculty member. Since 2014, she was awarded the Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (FTEA), as well as Annual Teaching Award (ATEA) for 2017/18 and 2018/19 and 2022.
2014-2020 Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (FTEA) from AY2013/14 – AY 2019/20
2019 Friend of MSF Award, which is presented to individual volunteers or organisations which have made significant contributions to committees or projects under the purview of MSF.
2019 NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA) for AY 2017/18
2019 FASS Special Teaching Award (2018/19), Faculty Teaching Excellence Award – Industry Engagement Award
2018 NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award (ATEA) for AY 2016/17
2018 FASS Special Teaching Award (AY2017/18) Faculty Teaching Excellence Award – Community Outreach Award
2012 GSTA Honour Roll, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore
2011 Graduate Students’ Teaching Award (GSTA) Semester 1, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore
2010 Graduate Students’ Teaching Award (GSTA), Semester 1 & 2, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore