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New 2018 Sustaining Sponsors Announced

Arizona State University, Boston College, Boston University, Case Western Reserve University, Colorado State University, Columbia, Fordham University, Indiana University, Michigan State University, New York University, The Ohio State University, University of California Los Angeles, University at Buffalo, University of California, Berkeley, University of Alabama, University of Chicago, University of Denver, University of Georgia, University of Houston, University of Illinois, University of Maryland, University of Michigan, University of Missouri, University of Pennsylvania, University of Southern California, University of Washington and Washington University in St Louis.


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Now Available: New Book on Grand Challenges from Oxford University Press!

Cover for Grand Challenges for Social Work and Society

The Grand Challenges for Social Work Initiative (GCSWI), which is spearheaded by the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW), represents a major endeavor for the entire field of social work. GCSWI calls for bold innovation and collective action powered by proven and evolving scientific interventions to address critical social issues facing society. The purpose of GCSWI was modeled after the National Academy of Engineering, which aimed to identify some of the most persistent engineering problems of the day and then put the attentions, energies, and funding of the entire field to work on them for a decade. The GCSWI does the same for social issues, tackling problems such as homelessness, social isolation, mass incarceration, family violence, and economic inequality.

Grand Challenges for Social Work and Society is an edited book that will present the foundations of the GCSWI, laying out the start of the initiative and providing summaries of each of the twelve challenges. The 12 main chapters that form the core of the book, one on each of the dozen Grand Challenges, are written by the primary research teams who are driving each GC project.

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January 24, 2018

The American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) welcomed 16 new Fellows for their distinguished accomplishments as scholars and practitioners dedicated to achieving excellence in high-impact work that advances social good. The Induction ceremony was held during public ceremonies at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR), conference, January 12, 2018, in Washington, DC, and was witnessed by more 150 people including family, friends, and colleagues of the new Fellows. This was the first year that the Induction ceremony was included in the SSWR program, and the first year to be hosted by President of AASWSW and Dean of the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina Sarah Gehlert. continue reading


Fellow Highlights

New Fellow Information

14 new Fellows and 2 honorary Fellows comprise the Class of 2017. Incoming fellows will be inducted at the Society for Social Work and Research Conference, January 12th, Washington, D.C.

Class of 2017 Fellows, include:
Ron Avi Astor, PhD, Linda M. Chatters, PhD, Ram A. Cnaan, PhD, Jorge Delva, PhD, Karen Fredriksen Goldsen, PhD, Deborah Gorman-Smith, PhD, Sean Joe, MSW, PhD, Melissa Jonson-Reid, PhD, Craig Winston LeCroy, PhD, Michàlle E. Mor Barak, PhD, Robert Joseph Taylor, MSW, PhD, Mark F. Testa, PhD, Richard M. Tolman, LMSW, PhD and Edwina S. Uehara, MSW, PhD.

Honorary Fellows - Marilyn Flynn, PhD, Grover C. Gilmore, PhD.