January 25, 2010

New Social Work Professional Association Finds Home at Case Western Reserve University

The newly formed American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) will have its virtual home at Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences over the next three years.

Claudia Coulton, the Lillian F. Harris Professor of social work and co-director of the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at the social work school, has been named one of the founding fellows. She also is the inaugural treasurer of the organization to advance the social work profession.

Since last January, Grover "Cleve" Gilmore, dean of the social work school, was part of a six-member Academy Working Group that wrote the AASWSW's mission statement. The group set the organization on its future course by naming six individuals, including Coulton, to be its first leaders and charged them with growing the organization by selecting some of the first members.

"For a number of years, I've been a proponent of having this type of academy," said Gilmore. "It supports the social work profession in ways similar to the professional organizations that scientists and engineers have with their National Academies of Science and Engineering."

In addition to CWRU, representatives from Washington University, University of Texas at Austin, University of Washington, University of Illinois and the University of Michigan served on the working group.

The Academy's mission is to:

  • Encourage and recognize outstanding research, scholarship, and practice that contribute to a sustainable, equitable, and just future;
  • Inform social policy by serving as a frontline source of information for the social work profession as well as Congress and other government agencies and non-government entities charged with advancing the public good;
  • Promote the examination of social policy and the application of research to test alternative policies, programs, and practices for their impact on society; and
  • Celebrate excellence in social work and social welfare research, education, and practice.

In addition to Coulton's role as treasurer, the founding AASWSW officers are Richard P. Barth (University of Maryland), president; Barbara W. White (University of Texas), secretary; and members Paula Allen-Meares (University of Illinois chancellor), Peter J. Pecora (University of Washington), and Enola Proctor (Washington University).

For more information contact Susan Griffith, 216.368.1004.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, January 25, 2010 12:59 PM | News Topics: Collaborations/Partnerships, Faculty, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Provost Initiatives, Research

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