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Journal of Community Practice
Call for Editors

Deadline for Applications: September 12, 2016

The Association of Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA) is searching for a new editor or co-editors of the Journal of Community Practice (JCP). The Journal, first published in 1994, is "designed to provide a forum for development of research, theory, practice and curriculum strategies for the full range of work with community groups, grassroots organizing, organizational and inter-organizational planning, collaboration, and coalition building." This journal is published quarterly by Routledge/Taylor and Francis Group and is listed in numerous abstracts and indices including: Academic Search Complete, Academic Search Premier, Academic Source Premier, ASSIA: Applied Social Science Index and Abstracts, CAB International Abstracts, CINAHL Database, Family Index Database, MegaFile, Social Work Abstracts, SOCIndex, TOCPremier, Violence and Abuse Abstracts.

ACOSA seeks an editor or editors who have a demonstrated commitment to the range of macro theory, research and practice in social work and related disciplines (e.g., organizing, planning, administration, organizational development, community development, social change, policy practice); demonstrated experience in the field of macro practice, and experience with editorial functions or roles (e.g., use of online administrative tools, manuscript review). Various editorial models, including co-editorships or cross-institutional collaborations will be considered. We are particularly interested in applicants that can enhance the multidisciplinary and/or international foci of the journal and help to bridge the gaps between research, theory, policy, and practice knowledge. This includes an appreciation of the value and support for the inclusion of "From the Field" manuscripts" from community practitioners and social service administrators and "From the Classroom" from macro practice educators that inform our practice and knowledge base.

Application Procedures and Time Frame

Candidates interested in the position should prepare: 

  • A statement explaining his/her/their interest in the position.
  • A vision statement for the Journal including how to increase the prestige and reputation of the Journal during the five-year term.
  • A summary of the qualifications of the applicant(s), e.g., ACOSA activities, prior editorial and/or publishing experience, and research and/or practice experience in one or more forms of macro practice.
  • Description of the proposed editorial structure (e.g. single, collective or collaborative possibilities) and delegation of duties as listed above if appropriate.
  • Ideas for marketing the Journal to diverse constituents of ACOSA.
  • Ideas for increasing submissions from practitioners and academics from diverse areas.
  • Curriculum Vitaes of all proposed editors.
  • A statement of institutional support from appropriate administrator(s), e.g. Dean/Director. (Institutional support has generally meant, at a minimum, sponsoring institutional membership in ACOSA each year for the duration of editorship, but additional institutional support is appreciated as a consideration of institutional commitment.)

Applications should be submitted by September 12, 2016. The new Editor(s) will be announced at the 2016 Council on Social Work Education - Annual Program Meeting APM when the Selection Committee presents the applicant to the ACOSA Board for approval. The new editorship will begin October 2017 at the end of the current editorial team term to ensure timely submission of the first issue for the next volume of the journal, and a transition/orientation time with the outgoing editor team will begin in January 2017. Editors must be sponsoring individual member(s) of ACOSA when serving as Editor(s), and it is strongly suggested that editor's schools become institutional sponsoring members.

Please submit your application for the editorship by email (PDF attachment) to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Contact Tracy M. Soska, ACOSA Interim Chair, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information.

DOWNLOAD the Call for Editors HERE.


Submit an Abstract for the 2017 Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference

The Community Affairs Officers of the Federal Reserve System invite paper submissions for the tenth biennial Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference, a unique event that aims to bridge the gaps between research, policy, and practice on key issues facing the country. High-quality and emerging research is presented in a dialogue with policymakers and community practitioners who can utilize the lessons gleaned from the research. The 2017 conference seeks to inform a robust public conversation on the theme of Strong Foundations: The Economic Futures of Kids and Communities. Submissions for plenary, concurrent, and poster sessions are invited in three broad categories:

  • The context for child and youth development;
  • The role of community development and key partners;
  • and Implications for the economy and workforce.

Learn more about the conference and submit your paper/abstract. Please direct any questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 612-204-6785.




Call for Papers:  Journal of Gerontological Social Work

Communities and Neighborhoods and Gerontological Social Work Practice

Deadline for Submissions: May 30, 2016


Dear ACOSA Members:


Our publisher, Routledge Taylor & Francis Group, has issued a Call for Papers from the Journal of Gerontological Social Work for manuscripts for a special section on “Communities and Neighborhoods and Gerontological Social Work Practice.”  This seems like an ideal opportunity to share our association community practice knowledge as it relates to gerontological practice.

Click HERE to download the Call for Papers.

Tracy M. Soska

Interim Chair, ACOSA

Co-Editor, Journal of Community Practice

CSWE-APM Call for Proposal Reviewers


ACOSA is kindly requesting you to please sign up to be a CSWE APM proposal reviewer for the Community Organization and Social Administration Track. This is a great opportunity to become more involved in ACOSA and contribute to a robust macro track at CSWE Annual Program Meeting. Do not delay, sign up today!

Mary Ohmer (COSA Chair) and Dorlisa Minnick (COSA Co-Chair)

Call for Proposal Reviewers - DEADLINE Extended!!!

Sunday, February 21, 2016, at 11:59 pm (ET)

Become a proposal reviewer for the 2016 CSWE Annual Program Meeting (APM)! Your contribution will help ensure a high quality educational experience at the APM.

To become a reviewer, please read and complete the steps below by Sunday, February 21, 2016, at 11:59 pm (ET).

Step 1: Confirm CSWE Membership Status

Only current CSWE members in one of the following categories are eligible to serve as proposal reviewers:

  • Full Member, Faculty and Administrators: Faculty and Administrator Members hold paid faculty, administrative, or managerial appointments in programs accredited by CSWE.

  • Full Member, Individual: Individual Members are affiliated with national, state, local, voluntary, public social welfare agency, or other professional social work organizations; field instructors with educational responsibilities for students in social work undergraduate and graduate programs; or others who wish to support social work education through membership in CSWE

  • Associate Member, Emeritus: Emeritus Members are emeritus faculty or administrators from CSWE accredited programs or programs in candidacy status.

Step 2: Confirm Availability to Review
The Proposal Phase 1 Review Cycle will occur Thursday, February 25 through Monday, March 13. Please confirm that you are available to review proposals during this time.

Step 3: Complete the Online Registration Form
If you are ready to register as a proposal reviewer, please complete the online registration form.

Complete your registration by Sunday, February 21, 2016, at 11:59 pm (ET). If you have questions, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thank you! ACOSA appreciates you volunteering!


Call for Papers
The Network for Social Work Management Grand Challenges for
Social Work Management and Leadership
Deadline: February 1, 2016*
We are in an era of sweeping changes in the social and political landscape
that affect health and human services that is coupled with competing claims
by many disciplines to manage in the human services arena. Our goal is to
elevate the significance of Social Work Management through the advancement
of new knowledge and innovative practice in health and human services. This
year’s theme challenges us to think about how key concerns within human
services relate to the most compelling and critical social issues of our
day. Specifically, we ask that all proposals address one of this year’s
conference sub-themes and how it relates to one or more of the following
“grand challenges”: (1) Ending homelessness; (2) Creating health equity and
eliminating behavioral health disparities; (3) Providing a healthy start to
all youth; (4) Reducing incarceration.

Click here < learn more about this opportunity!



Call for abstracts

IACD/CDS Conference in July 2016

Dear friends,

I am delighted to invite you to submit an abstract to present your work at the international conference we are co-organising with the Community Development Society next July in the USA. It will be the largest gathering of community development practitioners since our conference in Glasgow in 2014!

The conference theme is Sustaining Community Change-Building Local Capacity to Sustain Community Development Initiatives and we are focusing upon ways in which community development can address the U.N.'s recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals. The conference will also be picking up on the huge resilience and adaptation challenges of climate change.

Please find attached information about the conference and how to submit your abstract (please note that the deadline is the 31st of December 2015 or 15th December if you are outside the USA and need an earlier notification time).

I do hope you will make it to this important conference.

Charlie McConnell
President IACD


JCP Call for Papers

2017 Special Issue, “Community Practice in an Increasingly Diverse Society:
Essays in Memory of Dr. Felix Rivera”
Co-Editors, Lorraine Gutiérrez & Michael Reisch
Two decades ago, Felix Rivera and John Erlich published three editions of their groundbreaking book, Community Organizing in a Diverse Society. Written from a social change perspective, each chapter focused on a specific community (e.g., African Americans, Chicanos, FilipinoAmericans, Women of Color) and applied relevant theories and community practice methods to these communities. The book also covered such issues as the differential impact of the U.S. child welfare system, the consequences of welfare reform, the effects of HIV/AIDs, the needs of immigrants and refugees, and discussed the moral, ethical, and practical dilemmas inherent in organizing with communities of color. In memory of the late Felix Rivera, the Journal of Community Practice will publish a special issue in early 2017 that commemorates the anniversary of the book’s publication and reflects on contemporary community practice in the increasingly diverse environment of the United States.



Call for Papers, Policy Conference 2.0, St. Louis, Missouri, June 2-4, 2016


Greetings Colleagues,

Please see attached Call for Papers for the next Policy Conference 2.0. The Conference theme is:  "Race and Inequality: Policy & Advocacy for Structural Change."

Hope to see you there!


Jessica Ritter

Jessica A. Ritter, Ph.D, MSSW, BSW

Associate Professor & BSW Program Director | Claire Argow Social Work Program

Pacific University Oregon | 2043 College Way | Forest Grove, OR 97116


Office: 503.352.2742503.352.2742 | Fax: 503.352.3195  | This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Call for Proposals

3rd Annual Global Well-Being Conference: Global Poverty: Human Needs, Economic Justice, and Social Change


Deadline: January 30, 2016


Millersville University School of Social Work’s Learning Institute invites presentations that investigate challenges faced by individuals here and abroad.  Poverty is among the greatest social issues we face today; its effects are pervasive and profound.  Poverty crosses boundaries of race, culture, and status and its consequences are of serious concern to the student, practitioner, and seeker of social change.  Poverty disproportionately affects people of color and the effects of living in poverty can be devastating for both adults and children (Iceland, 2013).  For more information, click here:


Families in Society (FIS), a core social work journal, is seeking reviewers with macro expertize. Sondra J. Fogel, former ACOSA Chair is now the Editor-in-Chief and is looking to increase macro content which reflects the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities (the publisher of FIS) revised strategic focus. Please consider serving as a reviewer for FIS manuscripts by filling out the online interest form located at: To find out more about FIS, please visit the website at:


Dear Colleagues:

Families in Society, a core social work journal, is leading a special issue on homelessness, with the call for papers attached here. Our NASW Code of Ethics calls social workers to prioritize attention to people who are "vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty." Now, a grand challenge has been issued to the social work profession to end homelessness, and a homelessness social work initiative is being carried out to meet this grand challenge. Please consider submitting to the special issue and share this call for papers with your colleagues. Please let me or Sondra Fogel know if there is any additional information you need.

Kind regards,
Heather Larkin and Sondra J. Fogel


IASSW; Social Dialogue Magzine: Call for abstract

Dear Colleagues,

The next edition of social dialogue will be focused on “social work without borders”
What this might mean is open for your interpretation but Prof. Carolyn Noble, Editor, Social Dialogue have summarised is as follows as question:
"How can social work be framed within an international context and without borders that is, if the profession looked beyond its past and current careerist trappings, current international context and national professional discourse and concerns, what would it look like (professionally, ideologically and in practice and research).  
We are looking for contributions, from all regions of the world, in which you share your experiences of practice examples of working without borders or research summary or other relevant student projects or material you would like to be considered for this edition.
Please note that abstract must be of 300 words. Once abstract is approved notification will be send via email. The full article will be of 2000 words.
Last date of submission of abstract is June 13, 2015.

This edition will be published in July so if you are interested please send abstract to Prof. Carolyn Noble, Editor, Social Dialogue at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
We would be grateful if you would forward this to others who might be interested.  
We look forward to hearing from you.

Rashmi Pandey
Administrative Assistant
President's Office
International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW)
Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



NYSSWEA 48th Annual Conference

New York State Social Work Education Association
48th Annual Conference
November 18-20, 2015
Holiday Inn, Saratoga Springs, New York
Bridging the Micro-Macro Divide: #All Practice Matters

Call for Papers




Social Work Management: Impacting Communities and Changing Lives

June 4 & 5, 2015

Howard University, Washington DC, USA


The Call for Proposals is open for our 26th Annual Conference to be held on June 4-5, 2015 at Howard University in Washington, DC.

The Network for Social Work Management brings together managers, researchers, educators, practitioners,  and emerging leaders from multiple disciplines to advance new knowledge and innovative practice for the 21st century health and human services.

This year’s theme challenges us to think about the critical role social work managers’ play in lives of communities and individuals.  Rising diversity along with disparities compels inclusive excellence, attention to human rights, adaptive leadership and innovative practices.

In light of this dynamic landscape, we invite you to present at the 26th annual conference.


2015 Rural Social Work Conference Call for Proposals

40th Annual National Conference on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas
July 15-17, 2015
"Building Rural and Frontier Areas"
Hosted by the Department of Social Work, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD
Call for Proposals due March 30, 2015
For proposal information contact: Peter A. Kindle, PhD, CPA, LMSW, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Social Work Education: The International Journal Call for Papers

Environmental Justice, Green Social Work or Eco Justice: Preparing for Social Work's Growing Involvement


Dear ACOSA members,

Please see this call for manuscripts on the topic of Environmental Justice, Green Social Work or Eco Justice: Preparing for Social Work’s Growing Involvement. The Editors for this issue are all ACOSA members. I will be at CSWE in Tampa if you want to discuss any submission ideas. Please disseminate to your friends and colleagues too.


Thanks so much,



Sondra J. Fogel, Ph.D. LCSW

Associate Professor, Social Work

Director, Special Programs

Honors College, ALN 241

University of South Florida

4202 E. Fowler Ave

Tampa, FL 33620

(813) 974-3087(813) 974-3087 (main office)

(813) 974-5801 (fax)

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General guidelines for submission:

Each manuscript should be an original document that has not been published elsewhere, and is not under review for

publication elsewhere. Length should be approximately 20 pages, format APA style (6th edition), submitted as a Word

file. The deadline for submission is January 15, 2015. All submissions are online – instructions are at


2nd Annual Global Well-Being Conference

Exploitation of Women and Children: Global Perspectives

Millersville University Department of Social Work's Learning Institute is dedicated to investigating global social issues.  The Learning Institute provides a platform from which experts share their knowledge and offer training for agents of social change.  Each year, The Learning Institute hosts events that center on a particular theme reflected in the Learning Institute's literature, roster of speakers, and annual conference. For the 2014-2015 academic year, the Learning Institute is focused on the exploitation of women and children.  On a global scale, women and children face similar challenges including poverty, inadequate healthcare, limited educational opportunities, sexual exploitation, gender inequality, homelessness, violence, and family dysfunction.  Though experiences differ in terms of chronicity, intensity, and impact, in all women and children they create stress and trauma that compromise well-being.


This year's conference, Exploitation of Women and Children: Global Perspectives invites presentations (poster format, paper, roundtable, and workshop) that investigate challenges faced by women and children here and abroad.  These presentations can be original research, theoretical framework, clinical interventions, pedagogy, or policy and advocacy.  Further details can be found at this link:


Proposal Deadline: All proposals are due no later than January 30, 2015 by 11:59 pm EST.  Please submit your proposal to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Policy Conference 2.0 Call for Papers

Social Work as Action: Confronting Injustice


Wyndham Garden Hotel

Austin, TX

May 28-30, 2015


The following key questions will be explored during the conference:

What are the key challenges and opportunities in social work policy practice in today’s political climate?
What are the ramifications of current human rights and injustice issues for social work and its clients, both in the United States and worldwide? What evidence do we have of impact?
What are the social justice implications of current and pending legislation?
What knowledge and skills do our students need to be effective policy practitioners and advocates for social justice? Do we have evidence from the field of effectiveness?
What innovative teaching methods are resulting in demonstrated competency in policy practice?
How are programs assessing the competencies and practice behaviors achieved through policy curricula?
What current efforts to influence social policy can we learn from, nationally, in the states, and in local communities? What strategies work in what policy practice situations?
How can we better evaluate social work policy practice, and what new directions do we need to take in policy research?
How can we reenergize the profession around issues of social/economic justice and policy practice?

Deadline: January 15, 2015

Email proposals to:  Sunny Harris Rome, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it