2016: Steve Burghardt, Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, CUNY
Nominators: Tracy Soska, Mark Homan, and Terri Mizrahi
Comment from nomination letter:
A professor of Community Organization and Planning since 1973 at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, Steve has been one of the premier community practice educators in our profession whose work has had seminal influence on multiple generations of students and practitioners. Steve is an influential author who has published nine books and is at work on his tenth and eleventh. Steve’s first significant contribution to the field was his now classic “The Other Side of Organizing,” written in 1982, that emphasized the personal struggles and strategic dilemmas of the progressive organizer in an era of conservatism. Steve also has written theoretical works on political economy and its impact on social work. His most noted work in this area, co-authored with Michael Fabricant, was “The Welfare State Crisis and the Transformation of Social Work,” which focused on the crisis in public expenditure and the ensuing alteration of the labor process of social work practice itself. Their work was internationally recognized.
2015: Dr. John Tropman (Nominator - Dr. Bowen McBeath, Portland State University)
Dr. Tropman is a long time University Professor in the School of Social Work and the School of Business at the University of Michigan. His areas of study are Nonprofit Management, Social Policy & Community Organization, Organizational Theory, and Project Management Executive Leadership.
An esteemed scholar and practitioner, his contributions have included: a) 47 books published by leading presses including Sage, Columbia University Press, Georgetown University Press, F.E. Peacock, and Jossey Bass; b) 52 scholarly papers published in top social work and social science journals such as Social Service Review, Social Work, Human Service Organizations: Management, Leadership, and Governance (previously titled Administration in Social Work), Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and Policy Studies Journal; c) 54 chapters in scholarly books and encyclopedias; d) numerous practitioner-oriented essays, practice notes, editorials, and brief reports; e) over 50 consultancies with major nonprofit organizations, scientific societies (such as SSWR), schools of social work, membership associations, and for-profit corporations; and f) hundreds of international and domestic scholarly presentations and community talks. By numbers alone, John is likely the most prolific macro social work scholar to date. The major typologies of macro practice competencies (e.g., those promulgated by CSWE and by the Network for Social Work Managers) derive strongly from John’s scholarly efforts over the past 50 years. John is one of a very few macro practice academics admitted into the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare, our most august scholarly academy.
2014: Dr. Alice Butterfield
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. 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