Each year, The Network for Social Work Management (NSWM) solicits nominations for awards for outstanding individual practitioners, academics and organizations demonstrating excellence in the teaching and practice of social work management. Click on each award to view information on eligibility.
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OFFICIAL NOMINATION CATEGORIES
THE CHAUNCEY ALEXANDER LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Chauncey Alexander Lifetime Achievement Award
was established in 1989 to honor the entire career of select social work managers. The award recipients reflect Chauncey Alexander’s passion and commitment to the social work profession, and his drive for excellence. Chauncey was a beloved, energetic, high-performance professional–an accomplished social work manager grounded in rich social work tradition. His lifetime of social work management achievements represent a rich legacy that merits passing from one generation to the next. Although Chauncey Alexander passed away in 2005, his memory and legacy will continue to be recognized through this award. During the 27 year history of the award, only 9 have been made.
In order to be eligible, the Nominee must be a social worker with a CSWE accredited degree, an experienced record of TWENTY or more years as a social work manager, and a demonstrated career length performance record of multiple quality achievements as a social work manager. The Nominee must be retired or in the process of retirement during the year of presentation.
The Chauncey Alexander Lifetime Achievement Award is only conferred upon those executives and managers whose nomination portfolio clearly demonstrates a lifetime, career length performance record of:
- Lasting impact on social conditions
- Inspirational, high level commitment to innovative thinking and action
- High standard of integrity that is evident in achievements
- Ability to link leadership, responsible management and mission to facilitate and promote positive community change
THE MARK MOSES DISTINGUISHED FELLOWSHIP AWARD
The Mark Moses Distinguished Fellowship Award is presented annually to exemplary practitioners and academics working in the field of social work management. The fellowships are awarded to help support the recipients’ travel costs in attending the annual Management Institute of the National Network for Social Work Managers.
The Mark Moses Distinguished Fellowship Award was first presented in 2008.
In order to be eligible, the Nominee must either be a social work practitioner, college level faculty member currently teaching a social work management related course, doctoral student or graduate student who has distinguished his/her performance and is recognized as an emerging leader in the field of social work management. At the time of nomination, the candidate for nomination must hold (within the past 5 years) or be currently working on a degree from an accredited CSWE program.
The Fellowship is awarded for distinguished performance for the public good, including areas such as research and scholarship, professional development and education, and practical application of social work management competencies in human services organizations and community service endeavors.
THE EXEMPLAR AWARD
The Exemplar Award recognizes social work executives who demonstrate exemplary performance for the public good and are worthy of emulation. They are the embodiment of the Leadership and Management Practice Competencies as promulgated by the Network for Social Work Managers.
In order to be eligible, the Nominee must be a social worker who, at the time of nomination, holds a degree from an accredited CSWE program, or a human services leader (non-social worker), who currently or within 12 months prior to nomination, works in a management position in any arena of human service inside or outside government, and is directly responsible for high quality achievement. The award is to recognize recent achievements and not intended to honor retirees.
The Exemplar is only awarded to those executives and managers whose nomination portfolio clearly demonstrates exemplary performance for the public good, performance so superior as to be worthy of emulation. The Award winner must meet or exceed one or more of the following criteria:
- By force of imagination, initiative, and perseverance, the Exemplar has made a defined contribution in executing an especially sensitive and difficult managerial assignment with superior results;
- With compelling purpose, the Exemplar has demonstrated excellent leadership of an organization at a time of major disruption, transition, or growth;
- The Exemplar has shown exceptional courage in upholding social work values in the face of public opposition and professional risk;
- The Exemplar has significantly shaped and strengthened social agenda of the constituent community the recipient represents, making a lasting impact in a highly complex situation for social profit.
THE ORGANIZATIONAL EXCELLENCE AWARD
The Organizational Excellence Award, being granted for the first time in 2006 by the Network for Social Work Management, is intended to recognize the accomplishments of a non-profit or for-profit agency that best exemplifies adherence to the Human Services Management Competencies through superior management and quality services.
Agencies of any size or budget may be nominated. They must be human services agencies and must be led by senior managers who are predominantly social workers.
The nominator may be anyone who knows the agency sufficiently well to describe and illustrate the agency’s performance in accordance with the Human Services Management Competencies.
Non-profit or for-profit human service agencies of any size or budget, led predominantly by social workers, may be nominated. The Nominator may be anyone who knows the agency sufficiently well to describe and illustrate the agency’s performance in accordance with the Human Services Management Competencies.
The Organizational Excellence Award recognizes “Best Practice” accomplishments that exemplify adherence to the Human Services Management Competencies of the Network for Social Work Management (found under certifications and competencies.)
Slavin-Patti Award: Recognizes outstanding research that informs management practice.
Burt Gummer Award: Recognizes outstanding literature review that informs management practice.
Mary Parker Follette Award: Recognizes for outstanding research that is informed by theory and contributes to theory development.
* These awards are selected by Taylor and Francis.