Student Award for Teaching in Social Work

2018-20 Award Recipients


Bernadine Waller

School of Social Work

Adelphi University

Bernadine Waller


Michelle Hand

College of Social Work

The Ohio State University

Michelle Hand


Stephanie Q. Quiring

School of Social Work

Indiana University


Call for Nominations 

2021 GADE Student Award for Teaching in Social Work

The GADE Student Award for Teaching in Social Work is given to an individual doctoral student who has demonstrated outstanding qualities as a social work educator. The student’s record should evidence impact, creativity, and overall effectiveness as an instructor.

The winner of the GADE Student Award for Teaching in Social Work will be provided a certificate and a $1,500 award at the Doctoral Student Connection Breakfast held at the 67th Annual Program Meeting of CSWE. GADE is unable to pay for CSWE membership fees or conference registration.

Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work (GADE)

The Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work (GADE) was established over 25 years ago to provide a forum for sharing ideas and strategies among doctoral programs in social work, and for strengthening efforts at enhancing doctoral education. The membership, comprised of directors of established social work and social welfare doctoral programs located in accredited universities, has established three student awards in hopes of advancing social work scholarship, teaching, and service – three principal areas in which full-time professors are typically engaged as faculty members. This award reflects a commitment to bring visibility to our greatest resource, our students, who provide us with professional purpose and continuously offer us new ways to think and grow.

Award Criteria

  • Overall effectiveness as an instructor
  • Success in promoting critical thinking
  • Demonstration of anti-racist or anti-oppressive paradigms in the course, and/or support of diverse or historically under-represented students
  • Skills in presenting course material
  • Utilization of pedagogically effective approaches, for example, collaborative learning, problem-based learning, community-based learning, or other strategies
  • Command of subject
  • Creativity in activities, assignments, or approach
  • Ability to motivate students

Eligibility Criteria

  • The nominee must be enrolled during the 2020-21 academic year in a social work doctoral program that holds an active membership in GADE.
  • The teaching must have occurred while the nominee was enrolled as a doctoral student.
  • More than one nomination may be submitted from one doctoral program. Self-nominations are encouraged.

Nomination Procedures

Deadline for Nomination: June 15, 2021

The nomination packet must include the following:

  • Cover page:
    • Name of the Student
    • Contact information for the student (i.e., phone and e-mail address)
    • University attending
  • Statement of teaching philosophy and approach including information relating to each of the Award Criteria listed above
  • Evaluations submitted by students
  • A letter of support from the Ph.D. Program Director or the student’s doctoral advisor confirming the nominee has met all of the eligibility criteria (A signed .pdf document is required).

The nomination may also include:

  • Letters of nomination by faculty or students
  • Assessments from classroom observations by faculty

A single PDF file including all required elements in order must be submitted electronically via e-mail attachment.

Submission: Nominations should be submitted to the GADE Award Subcommittee to: [email protected]. 

The email Subject Line should read: 2021 Teaching Award Nomination from (Your University)

Application Processing: The GADE Award Subcommittee will review all nominations. Nominees will be informed of the final decision on or before August 15, 2021.