Faculty Profile

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Robert Keefe

Associate Professor
School of Social Work


  • PhD, Social Welfare, University at Albany, 1996

Professional experience:

  • Associate Professor, Social Work, University at Buffalo

What mentoring means to me:

I see mentoring as a key role a faculty member plays to help students navigate their way through their academic program while simultaneously juggling other life roles and responsibilities. I work with mentees by being open to hearing what they have to say, listening to their ideas, sharing my own experiences whenever they may be helpful (and saying nothing when they’re unhelpful), and seeking solutions to issues and concerns mentees bring up.

Topics I am willing to discuss with students:

Minority Experiences

  • Physical health and/or abilities and related discrimination.
  • Mental health and/or abilities and related discrimination.
  • Sexual and/or gender minority status and related discrimination.

Personal Circumstances

  • Caregiving for other loved ones.

Academic Culture

  • Dealing with politics and conflict with faculty or peers.
  • Decoding and demystifying academic culture and norms.
  • Uncertainty about staying in grad school.