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Application: 2019 SAGE/CSWE Commission on Research Faculty Award for Innovation in Research Instruction

Online Application Cycle is Now Closed
Submission Receipt Deadline was 11:59 pm (USA ET) on Wednesday, May 1, 2019

The annual SAGE/CSWE Commission on Research Faculty Award for Innovation in Research is presented by SAGE Publishing, working in collaboration with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). This award was established to honor and recognize innovative teaching in social work education. The award's purpose is to

  • promote innovative teaching in social work by highlighting it as it emerges, and
  • recognize the individuals who have played significant roles in bringing it about.

For the 2019 award cycle applications will be submitted online at 2019 SAGE/CSWE Award; a completed application form and submitter CV must be uploaded as part of the submission process to be considered for the 2019 award. One individual will be awarded and recognized each year for outstanding contributions to social work education.

Learn more about the first recipients of this award at 2012 SAGE/CSWE Award for Innovative Teaching.

Applicants and Nominees

Individuals currently engaged in social work education at the undergraduate, graduate, and/or continuing professional education levels may be nominated. The awards are intended to recognize individuals, working alone or in concert, in social work or in interdisciplinary and interprofessional teams when social work is present in those settings. Applicants must include a CV, letter of recommendation, and one or more testimonials from a current or former student regarding the instructor or instructors’ influence on his or her education and/or professional development.

Nominees may self-refer or be recommended by colleagues, students, administrators, or others familiar with the nominee’s work. They may include teachers, administrators, or designers of social work-relevant educational programs. Nominations are not limited to persons who are members of CSWE who work in the United States or to authors who have published with SAGE. Efforts will be made to attract new and veteran nominees whose efforts reflect sensitivity to an array of issues (see below) and whose work has implications that cut across method and field specializations. Nominees will be required to submit summaries of the work to be assessed.

Thematic Foci

The two themes identified for the 2019 awards follow. Applicants will be required to select one of the themes during the online application submission process.

  1. Award for Lifetime Innovation in Teaching Achievement
    This award is given in recognition of an individual who has been teaching research in an innovative or engaging way for a minimum of 10 years.

  2. Innovation in Research Focused on the Future 
    This award recognizes innovation in teaching social work research methods and designing research based on current or emerging trends in the social work discipline.

​  Topics include the following: 

  • Social justice
  • Advocacy
  • Child welfare
  • Diversity 
  • Immigration
  • Skill development in practice

Selection Criteria

Three criteria will be used in selecting award recipients:

  1. Effectiveness
  2. Transferability
  3. Significance

Effectiveness criteria will be used to measure the teaching innovation's impact on the learners, the institution in which it takes place, or both. Transferability refers to the extent to which the innovation can be extended to other settings (e.g., from one course or institution to another or from the classroom to the field). Significance refers to the importance or consequence of the innovation to social work education and practice.


Please direct questions about this award to Joshua Perigo, acquisitions editor at