2013 Alumni Association Awards

Categories and Selection Criteria

The Boston University School of Social Work Alumni Association Board cordially invites nominations for 2013 Alumni Association Awards.

Nominees for Alumni Association Awards should have the highest standards of professional integrity and personal conduct, should have advanced values, ethics, and knowledge of the profession, and should support public and social policies that ensure equal rights for all regardless of race, creed, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, income, or disability.

The categories for its 2013 awards are:

Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Social Work
Outstanding Career in the Field of Social Work
Outstanding Contributions to the School of Social Work
Outstanding Contributions to the Alumni Association
The Hubie Jones Urban Service Award

Outstanding Career in the Field of Social Work

This award acknowledges and honors a BUSSW graduate who, throughout her/his career (minimum twenty years), has consistently demonstrated exceptional contributions to the profession and the community-at-large. Nominators are asked to give examples of the nominee’s contributions throughout her/his career in any or all aspects of social work practice including advocacy; clinical practice with individuals, families, and/or groups; education; community organization; administration; program development; research; public policy; and social planning.

Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Social Work

This award acknowledges and honors a BUSSW graduate whose contributions to social work have been of exceptional value to the profession and the community-at-large. Nominators are asked to give examples of the nominee’s contributions throughout her/his career in any or all aspects of social work practice including advocacy; clinical practice with individuals, families, and/or groups; education; community organization; administration; program development; research; public policy; and social planning.

Outstanding Contributions to the School of Social Work

This award acknowledges and honors BUSSW faculty and staff whose contributions to social work education have been outstanding. It is understood that the nominee has been actively
involved in social work education at Boston University through one or more of the following: teaching, supervision, consultation, research, administration, staff support, and/or scholarship. Nominators are asked to give concrete examples of the nominee’s contributions to the School in any or all of the following areas:

a. Social work education in the development of knowledge (through research), the dissemination of knowledge (through teaching), and/or scholarship or administration.
b. Demonstration of exceptional effectiveness, gaining respect and admiration of colleagues, alumni, and/or students.
c. Putting into practice the School’s urban mission and goals.
d. Providing exceptional staff support that benefits the BUSSW community–faculty, staff, alumni, and/or students.

Outstanding Contributions to the Alumni Association

This award acknowledges and honors significant contributions to the BUSSW Alumni Association. The nominee may be a member of the faculty, staff, student body, or of the Alumni
Association itself, who has demonstrated support for the goals and activities of the Association.  Nominators are asked to give concrete examples of the nominee’s contributions to the development and betterment of the Alumni Association through the application of her/his special skills. Areas of contribution may include fundraising; student recruitment; public relations between the School and the community; the development of linkages between students and alumni to empower students to participate in activities of the Alumni Association; and/or programmatic and organizational support.

The Hubie Jones Urban Service Award

This award, which recognizes the many contributions of Dean Emeritus Hubie Jones, acknowledges and honors a BUSSW graduate who actively pursues the urban mission and goals of the School through her/his practice of social work. Nominators are asked to give concrete examples of how the nominee has put into practice the urban mission and goals of the School by furthering social and economic justice; empowering oppressed groups; building on the strengths of children, families, communities, and organizations; demonstrating leadership in a complex multicultural society; demonstrating skills needed to mediate conflicts brought about by social, racial, and economic inequity in the urban environment; and/or by advocating for the recognition of emerging fields of practice and job opportunities for social work professionals.

Review Process

The deadline for submission of nomination materials is June 15, 2013.

Instructions for Nominations

Nominators are asked to submit a completed nomination form and two (2) letters of support. You may submit your nomination form online.

The BUSSW Alumni Association Board will consider all nominations. Both nominators and nominees will be notified of the board’s decision by September 1, 2013. Award recipients will be announced in the BUSSW Newsletter, Currents, and will be honored at the School’s Alumni Association Awards Reception on Saturday, October 26, 2013.

For further information, please call the School’s Alumni Relations Office at 617/353-3750 or 800/735-ALUM (Voice/TTY) or e-mail Ken Schulman at kschul@bu.edu.

Nomination materials should be sent to:

Ken Schulman
Associate Dean, Enrollment Services and External Relations
Boston University School of Social Work
264 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

Boston University’s policies provide for equal opportunity and affirmative action in employment and admission to all programs of the University.