Resident Director Duquesne Towers, Duquesne University
Statement of Research Interest/Problem of Practice:
Anthony's research interest focuses alcohol and drugs on college campuses, and how they affect academic success.
Anthony Kane earned his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Social Work from California University of Pennsylvania.
Anthony has worked in higher education for almost 6 years. In that time he has worked in several roles, beginning as the Graduate Assistant for the office of Social Equity and Title IX at California University of PA. In that role he worked with the Director of Social Equity to develop and promote the University's minority male retention initiative, as well as maintain important data on the trend and issues regarding minority male students. Upon leaving California University of PA, Anthony was hired as a Professional Development Intern at Duquesne University in the offices of Residence Life and Greek Life. As a Professional Development Intern, Anthony served as a liaison between students and university administrators, in an effort to expand communication and partnerships with various University departments. This experience allowed Anthony to develop a professional network focused on effectively meeting the needs of students.
Anthony began his current role in Residence Life in January of 2014. In his role as Resident Director of the Duquesne Towers, Anthony is responsible for promoting a living environment that supports academic growth and success for approximately 1100 students. In addition, Anthony also works to maintain a building community that is committed to spiritual and moral development. As a member of the University's Freshmen Retention Committee, Anthony works to provide resources and services to freshmen who are in conditions that place them academically and socially at risk.
Mr. Kane has received awards from the Crime Victim's Center and has been recognized for outstanding service at both Duquesne University and California University of Pennsylvania where he was named both Most Outstanding BSW Graduate in 2011 and Most Outstanding MSW Graduate in 2012.
Mentored by: Dr. Daniel Gittins
Associate Director, DU CARES (Office of Alcohol and Other Drug Education and Prevention), Duquesne University
Contracted Trainer, Pennsylvania Department of Child Welfare, University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work
Dr. Gittins professional career spans almost 30 years and includes a variety of experiences and work situations that have shaped his current role as Coordinator of DU CARES. Dr. Gittins has served as the Administrator of Juvenile Detention centers on a variety of levels of supervision ranging from minimum to more secure facilities, worked with youth who were living on the streets, focused on the clinical issues of severe behavioral problems, sexual abuse, sexual perpetrator issues, court ordered anger management programs, mental health, substance abuse, rape crisis and ongoing sexual assault counseling. Dr. Gittins developed and secured funding for and was the Administrator for the Washington County Children's Advocacy Center and an alternative school for Children with Special Education and Mental Health needs in Monessen, PA.
Dr. Gittins was the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Anger, Behavior and Conflict Management, and has provided professional development on the local, state and national levels.
Dr. Gittins assumed his current role at Duquesne University in July of 2009. Supported by his vast clinical work experiences, he views his role as working with Duquesne students and the Duquesne Community to lower the risks and lessen the impact of illegal and excessive/dangerous alcohol use as an important part of the University, especially in regard to the safety and success of Duquesne students. Alcohol use contributes to an estimated 5,000 deaths in people under 21 years of age annually (the equivalent of 13.69 deaths per day)-more than all illegal drugs combined. Yet our cultural narrative minimizes the negative impact of alcohol on college campuses, and often supports, or fails to deter the illegal and excessive consumption of it. Dr. Gittins is dedicated to making a difference in this area.