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Briar-Lawson Honored for Lifetime Achievements

ALBANY, N.Y. (November 18, 2015) -- The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) recently awarded Katharine Briar-Lawson, former dean of the School of Social Welfare, with the Significant Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Education Award. The award was given at this year’s CSWE Social Work on the Frontiers of Change Conference in Denver, Colo.

The CSWE, a nonprofit national association representing more than 2,500 individual members, as well as graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education, recognized Briar-Lawson for producing a lasting legacy for social work education and the social work profession in more than 50 years of dedicated service to the field.

Her work on diversity, addiction, poverty, aging, international social work, community organization, social work education, clinical work, and many other areas has opened new doors of knowledge and practice. The confidence that funding agencies have had in her research and practice has resulted in more than $50 million in grants.

Katharine Briar-Lawson

Katharine Briar-Lawson has been a role model for thousands of social workers, students, and faculty members throughout her career. (Photo by Mark Schmidt) 

Briar-Lawson’s career has expanded the substantive academic contributions reflected in the social work journals for which she has provided guidance. Her leadership in the National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work has fostered the expansion and creative reconceptualization of social work education.

As a role model for thousands of social workers, students, and faculty members throughout her career in academia and in governmental and not-for-profit venues, she has raised the bar for excellence. She has also been named a Social Work Pioneer by the National Association of Social Workers, confirming the critical path she developed for other social work professionals.

Her breadth and depth of knowledge are reflected in her nine books and more than 80 book chapters and journal articles.

Congratulations Katharine!

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