The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) proudly announces the recipients of the 2020 Professional Recognition Awards.
Professor and dean emerita of the College of Social Work (CoSW), Dr. Kay Hoffman has been named a recipient of the 2020 Professional Recognition Awards.
Dr. Hoffman will receive the Faculty Service and Leadership Award in Social Work Education Award from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). It recognizes a social work educator with 10 or more years of service excellence whose work has advanced and promoted social work education and provided a significant contribution to extend its reach.
“As former dean of CoSW, Dr. Hoffman was ahead of her time. Her visionary leadership put CoSW on a path that yields benefits still today,” said Jay Miller, CoSW dean. “This recognition of her work and impact is well deserved.”
Having served the University of Kentucky and CoSW for 20 years, Dr. Hoffman retired in 2018. Although having retired, Dr. Hoffman continues her work with Ph.D. students and supervises an evaluation team of researchers examining prevention responses in child welfare and public health.
At UK she was the Dorothy A. Miller Professor in Social Work Education and a member of the Kentucky Institute of Medicine. Her scholarly work is in social work education, child welfare, and international social work.
“We are glad to present the Faculty Service and Leadership Award to Dr. Hoffman in recognition of her many years as a leader of social work programs and as an educator who supported countless students, researchers, and faculty,” Darla Spence Coffey, Ph.D., MSW, CSWE president, and CEO, said. “Social work education is indebted to the contributions she made through her service to the Commission on Accreditation and as president of CSWE when she led the movement to competency-based outcomes. Even two years into retirement, Dr. Hoffman finds ways to support social work students.”
Coffey said CSWE is glad to continue its annual acknowledgment of remarkable social workers, educators, and students with these awards. She noted that the recipients of the Professional Recognition Awards represent the best of the best among social work educators.
Dr. Hoffman continues to be active in her local community, having served as the president of the Plantory, an incubator for nonprofit organizations, and president of the Center on Human Entrepreneurship Solutions Group. Presently, she is a board member of the Peninsula Art Academy. Read more about Dr. Hoffman here.
The CSWE Board of Directors selected the recipients of the 2020 awards from a slate of nominees.
Other award winners include:
Rebecca Gomez, Ph.D., LCSW, director of the Our Lady of the Lake University Ph.D. program, will receive the Distinguished Recent Contributions to Social Work Education Award, which recognizes the achievements of a social work educator within the last 10 years.
Alice Gates, Ph.D., MSW, associate professor, BSW program director, and department chair of sociology/social work at the University of Portland, will receive the Early Career Faculty Service and Leadership in Social Work Education Award. It recognizes a social work educator with fewer than 10 years of service who has advanced and promoted social work education and provided significant contributions to extend its reach.
Betty J. Ruth, clinical professor and director of the MSW/MPH program at Boston University School of Social Work, will receive the Significant Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Education Award, which recognizes the achievements of a social work educator over an entire career.
The honorees will be presented with their awards during the 2020 CSWE Annual Program Meeting, November 12‒15.
Founded in 1952, the Council on Social Work Education is the national association representing social work education in the United States. Its members include over 800 accredited baccalaureate and master’s degree social work programs, as well as individual social work educators, practitioners, and agencies dedicated to advancing quality social work education.