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Career Achievement

2013: Claudia Coulton, Ph.D. (Nominator - Dr. Anna Santiago, Case Western Reserve University)

Dr. Coulton is the Distinguished Lillian F. Harris Professor of Urban Social Research at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University.

She is a pre-eminent scholar and educator in the fields of community practice and urban studies whose expertise is highly regarded by colleagues locally, nationally and internationally. Over the course of her career, Dr. Coulton has used rigorous, innovative methods and multidisciplinary approaches to address significant issues of concern to the field of community practice, the social work profession and the larger society. With more than 200 publications, Dr. Coulton is one of the most cited scholars within the field of social work. Her corpus of work has reframed both the research methods employed as well as the scholarly debate in the profession. She founded the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development in 1988. Today, the Center serves as an active partner in the community development arena by conducting research and analysis that underpins effective action and builds knowledge for the field. A core capacity of the Center, and one that has been replicated across the country, is a regional information data warehouse and web portal used by thousands of individuals and organizations to inform community change work. Known as North East Ohio Community and Neighborhood Data for Organizing(NEO CANDO). Moreover, Dr. Coulton is one of the founders of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP), which currently has affiliates in more than 35 cities. The NNIP provides tools to partner cities to better understand macro-level systemic forces that produce distressed neighborhoods and identify what individuals, organizations and policies can do to reverse these conditions. She is currently working to expand the NNIP network internationally.

 

2012: 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: Lee H. Staples, Ph.D. (School of Social Work, Boston University)

Dr. Lee Staples

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. 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