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Career Achievement

2012 ACOSA Career Achievement Award:  Dorothy "Dee" Gamble, Retired, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

Dee Gamble’s lifework has been dedicated to enhancing community and international practice in social work.  Dee Gamble has had a career-long dedication to advancing community practice, social justice and human rights, and advocacy at grassroots, city, state, national and international levels for these causes.  With Dr. Marie Weil, she designed a framework of eight models of community practice specifying scope and purpose and roles taken by practitioners, which has been requested for publication in several venues and used in a variety of training and education programs.  Dee Gamble’s has an exemplary body of publications that has advanced the practice literature in macropractice, field education, community development, curriculum development, and more recently international and sustainable development. She is lead author of Community Practice Skills: Local to Global Perspectives, and has published chapters in both the Encyclopedia of Social Work and The Social Workers Desk Reference. She has contributed multiple chapters to both editions of The Handbook of Community Practice focused on participatory methods, sustainable development, and models of practice.  Her nominator, Dr. Tracy Soska, noted, "Dee has worked diligently through ACOSA, CSWE, and The International Federation of Social Workers to ensure that community and macro practice remain at the core of social work education and practice and that the global perspective is included in the social work curriculum.  She recently presented ACOSA macro practice competencies and community practice competencies at the International Conference of Social Workers in Stockholm (July 2012)."

2011 ACOSA Career Achievement Award

Dr. Lee H. Staples
School of Social Work, Boston University

Dr. Lee StaplesDr. Staples has worked over 38 years in many roles-as an organizer, supervisor, staff director, trainer, consultant, coach, and educator. His work has included social change efforts related to welfare rights, public and private housing, youth leadership development, family day care, mental health and consumer rights, labor (hospital workers), public health, environmental justice, immigrant rights, international NGOs, neighborhood and statewide community organizing. He has held leadership positions in a number of professional associations, has presented 30 papers at academic conference and has engaged in extensive community organizing, training, and consulting with more than 100 groups across the United States and internationally, including Bosnia, Croatia, Denmark, Israel, Netherlands, Puerto Rico and Morocco. His major publications include 24 articles and book chapters as well as his 2004 book Roots to Power: A manual for Grassroots Organizing (2nd Ed.) and his 2008 co-authored book Youth led Community organizing: Theory and Action.



2006: Irving Spergel

Michael Sherraden

2005: Michael Austin

Jim Cunningham

2004: James Midgley

Terry Mizahi

2003: Rino Patti

2002: Roslyn Chernesky

Earl Durham

2001: Armand A. Lauffer

Ralph M. Framer

2000:  Stanley Wenocur

1999: Tim Sampson



1998: Roger Lohmann

Marie Weil


1997:  Rosemary Sarri

George Eberle


1996: Myron Weiner

Richard Cloward


1995: Esther Wattenberg


1994: Felice Perlmutter

Audrey Faulkner


1993: Simon Slavin

George Brager


1992: David Austin

Jack Rothman