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Application: 2020 SAGE/CSWE Commission on Research Faculty Award for Innovation in Research Instruction

Online Application Cycle is Now Open!
Submission Receipt Deadline: Friday, May 1, 2020 at 11:59 pm (USA ET)

The annual SAGE/CSWE Commission on Research Faculty Award for Innovation in Research is presented by SAGE Publishing, working in collaboration with the CSWE Commission on Research. This award was established to honor and recognize innovative teaching in social work research.

For the 2020 award cycle applications will be submitted online at 2020 SAGE/CSWE Award. Applicants must include a CV, at least one letter of recommendation, a relevant syllabus, and one or more testimonials from a current or former student regarding the instructor or instructors’ influence on that student’s multicultural competence and research skills. One individual will be awarded and recognized each year for outstanding contributions to social work education.

Learn more about the 2019 SAGE/CSWE Award for Innovation in Research recipients.

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.

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 work reflects sensitivity to diversity, equity, and inclusion and has implications that cut across method and field specializations. Nominees will be required to submit summaries of the work to be assessed.

Theme: Award for Innovation in Research Instruction Focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This award is given to recognize an individual who has been teaching research in an innovative or engaging way for a minimum of 10 years. Please submit the following:

  • A letter of recommendation that describes how the candidate’s teaching methods have changed the performance of students over time and enhanced the recognition of the candidate’s program
  • One or more testimonials from a current or former student regarding the instructor or instructors’ influence on that student’s multicultural competence and research skills

The Award—More Than a Ceremony

One recipient will be announced by late May, and the award will be presented at the CSWE 2020 Annual Program Meeting (APM) prior to the CSWE Membership Meeting on November 13, 2020. The recipient will be encouraged to present their innovation as an interactive workshop during that same APM.

This workshop will bring together awardees and other nominees to exchange ideas on innovations in social work education that lead to innovations in social work practice. In the workshop the award winner can demonstrate how their innovation works and engages participants in related activities.

The awardee will receive a complimentary registration to APM (one individual or two per team) provided by CSWE, and travel and lodging will be paid for up to $1,000 for an individual or team by SAGE Publishing. In addition, the awardees will receive $500 worth of SAGE books or journals.


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