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2017 Awards Nominations

ACOSA Awards


Submit Nomination for Career Achievement, Emerging Scholar, Doctoral Student, Outstanding Practitioner and/or Outstanding Student

ACOSA invites you to nominate a worthy candidate for the Career Achievement Award, Emerging Scholar Award, Doctoral Student Award, Outstanding Practitioner Award, and/or the Outstanding Student Award to be given at the Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education in Dallas, TX on October 21, 2017.

The Career Achievement Award honors the lifetime contribution of a person in the field.

Criteria: Over the course of his/her/their career, the nominee shall have made a major contribution to:

  1. The conceptual definition of community practice (community organization or social administration); or
  2. The empirical knowledge base of the discipline, including research methods and findings; or
  3. The significant development of practice methods, including work as a practitioner, teacher of methods, and/or writer.

The Emerging Scholar Award honors a recent Ph.D. (pre-tenure) who is doing meritorious scholarship in the field. The Doctoral Student Award honors a current PhD student who is doing meritorious scholarship in the field.

Criteria for both: The nominee shall have demonstrated:

  1. Outstanding scholarly potential in an area of community and/or organizational practice as evidenced by the dissertation proposal, dissertation, and/or other writing; or
  2. Substantial dissemination of knowledge through presentation of work.

The Outstanding Practitioner Award honors the significant contribution to a community of a BSW or MSW level macro practitioner.

Criteria: The nominee shall have demonstrated:

  1. At least two (2) years of experience in community and/or administrative practice
  2. Outstanding contribution in an area of community and/or organizational practice.

The Outstanding Student Award recognizes the contribution of a BSW or MSW student who has been involved in a community or organizational practice currently or in the past.

Criteria: The nominee shall have demonstrated:

  1. Current enrollment in a BSW, or MSW program (candidates will be considered compared to students enrolled in the same program)
  2. Outstanding contribution in an area of community and/or organizational practice within an academic institution(s), an organization, or a community.
  3. Outstanding synthesis of their work relative to social work history through submission of an essay. Nominees must submit a written essay (not to exceed 750 words) on the following three issues:

a) Describe the importance of social justice and at least one historical instance in which community practitioners and social activists have made a significant impact on society;

b) Describe the strategies and tactics used in the change effort and why these methods were effective;

c) Describe your own current or future practice as a community practitioner. How have you influenced social change or how do you plan to influence change in the future?

The awards committee will review all nominations with careful attention to the depth and diversity from the fields of community and administrative practice. Award recipients will be notified by late-September, 2017. Presentation of the awards will occur at the ACOSA Membership meeting held during the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting in Dallas, TX October 21, 2017.

Deadline September 16, 2017 for nominations. Submit nomination materials as a complete package to: ACOSA Awards Committee c/o Julie Birkenmaier, Ph.D. Chair, ACOSA Awards committee, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Please note that incomplete nomination packages will not be accepted.