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2020 Call for Volunteers

CSWE invites members to apply to serve on one of 17 distinguished CSWE commissions or councils. Read the letter from CSWE Board Chair Saundra Starks regarding openings and explore the contributions of CSWE commissions and councils in the 2018–2019 CSWE Annual Report

Application Submission

CSWE 2020 Call for Volunteers application materials must be submitted using the online portal. Click here to download the application instructions.


Required Documents

  1. CSWE application for commissions and/or councils
    Note: Even though you may be interested in more than one commission or council, you should complete only one application. If you are interested in serving as chair of a commission or council, select the chair option on the application and upload the required documents.

  2. Résumé

  3. Brief statement of interest identifying the requested appointment area and describing special areas of expertise or interest in that area

The deadline for member volunteer applications is Thursday, April 30, 2020.  

Appointments are made by the chair of the CSWE Board of Directors and will be effective July 1, 2020. If you know someone who could contribute to the work of CSWE through a commission or council, please encourage him or her to apply. Applicants from historically underrepresented and marginalized groups are encouraged to apply; view the CSWE Affirmative Action Policy and Plan for additional information.

Criteria for Applications

An applicant must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a current CSWE individual member
  • Attend meetings in person or via conference call
    • Commissions meet in person during the Annual Program Meeting (APM) and once in the spring in Alexandria, VA; councils generally meet in person once a year at the APM; councils and commissions conduct other business throughout the year via e-mail and conference calls.
  • Maintain a CSWE individual membership throughout the appointment

Note: CSWE is committed to the promotion and affirmation of diversity in its broadest sense. We encourage the nomination of all candidates regardless of race, gender identity and expression, disability, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, or other types of cultural difference.

CSWE Commissions and Councils 

The six commissions and their corresponding councils have possible vacancies for which volunteer service is needed. Please consider the numbers of anticipated vacancies for the 2020–2023 appointment cycle when making your decision.

Commission on Accreditation

Potential Vacancies = 12 
Skill set needed:

  • Be a full- or part-time social work faculty member at a CSWE-accredited social work progra
  • Have a minimum of 5 years teaching and/or practice experience
  • Experience as a CSWE site visitor, having conducted at least three site visits
  • Have demonstrated knowledge of curriculum development and accreditation procedures
  • Reflect the geographic representation of the CSWE membership
  • Represent a variety of program attributes (level, size, etc.)
  • Maintain active CSWE membership

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2. Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice

Potential Vacancies = 2
Skill set needed:

  • Knowledge of equity; inclusion; and social, economic, and environmental justice; leadership toward inclusive excellence in social work education
  • Especially encouraged to apply are members of the Native American and Latinx communities; diverse regional representation is preferred

Council on Disability and Persons With Disabilities

Potential Vacancy = 3
Skill set needed:

  • Ability to develop curriculum modules or a model for training of direct-care support staff
  • An interest in and willingness to lead a task group of the council is preferred.
  • Deep understanding of the diversity of people with disabilities and its intersectionality with other aspects of diversity

Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity

Potential Vacancies = 5
Skill set needed:

  • Knowledge and expertise in various issues pertaining to racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity, including intersectionality, interdisciplinary work, and diversity of racial/ethnic populations
  • Commitment to active engagement in council projects throughout the year

Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education

Potential Vacancies = 8
Members with an interest in the council’s charge are needed who have willingness and time

  • to serve on subgroups, complete educational projects, and contribute to the quarterly conference calls;
  • to carry major responsibility for the council's development of curriculum materials related to women's issues in social work education;
  • to identify procedures within academe and social work education that impede and promote full participation of women;
  • to recommend to the Board policy statements or development or modification of internal policy; and
  • to assist in coordinating activities related to women at all levels of social work education and to stimulate new programs and activities.

Council on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression

Potential Vacancies = 9
Members are needed who

  • have willingness and time to serve on subgroups, complete educational projects, and contribute to the bimonthly conference calls; and
  • represent racial and ethnic minorities, transgender and gender queer populations, and LGBTQ persons with disabilities.

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3. Commission on Educational Policy

Potential Vacancies = 6
Skill set needed:

  • Administrative experience (deans/directors/associate deans)
  • Understanding and interest in higher education trends
  • Commission on Accreditation and/or site visitor experience
  • Competency and assessment expertise

Council on Field Education

Potential Vacancies = 6
Skill set needed:

  • Clear understanding of the field director role and experience with field organizations at the national, state, or regional level or with consortiums
  • Regional representation is especially sought for this council.

Council on Practice Methods and Specializations

Potential Vacancies = 4
Especially encouraged to apply are individuals who

  • can respond to context, particularly those who are engaged with the field community and stakeholders in the practice community to develop a sound social work curriculum; and
  • have experience as CSWE site visitors.

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4. Commission on Global Social Work Education

Potential Vacancies = 6
Skill set needed to increase diversity of council:

  • Engage in expanding of social work students' global perspective
  • Build connections with international social work throughout the social work curriculum
  • Enhance international collaborative learning, research, and practice strategies
  • Experience with partnerships in Africa, South East Asia, and those working with indigenous populations

 Council on Global Social Issues

Potential Vacancy = 5
Especially encouraged to apply are individuals who have

  • Global social work experience and attend international meetings
  • The ability to lead work groups
  • Affiliation with the United Nations and international and social development organizations

Council on Global Learning and Practice

Potential Vacancies = 6
Especially needed:

  • members from the West or Southwest region of the United States who can provide representation for persons who are natives of Latin America or China

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5. Commission on Membership and Professional Development

Potential Vacancies = 4
Especially needed to diversify commission:

  • Interest and experience with membership recruitment
  • Males
  • Faculty members of color
  • Representatives from BSW programs

Council on Conferences and Faculty Development

Potential Vacancies = 4
Especially needed:

  • active APM presenters, abstract reviewers, previous APM track chairs, and regional representation from the Northeast and Midwest
  • members of underrepresented groups

Council on Leadership Development

Potential Vacancies = 4
Especially encouraged to apply are those who

  • participated in Harvard Institutes of Higher Education or the Higher Education Resource Services program,
  • are experienced field faculty, and
  • are willing to review faculty merits according to the guidelines set by the council.

Council on Publications

Potential Vacancies = 4
Especially encouraged to apply are those who

  • have strong publication records,
  • have time available to review and discuss manuscripts submitted for publication by CSWE Press,
  • will seek out and encourage new book proposals, and
  • are members of underrepresented groups.

Journal of Social Work Education (JSWE) Editorial Advisory Board

Potential Vacancy = 4

Subcommittee of the Council on Publications that

  • provides strategic support to JSWE’s editor in chief,
  • solicits manuscripts,
  • promotes JSWE, and
  • helps develop journal policy.

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6. Commission on Research

Potential Vacancies = 2
Especially needed are

  • representatives of BSW, MSW, and doctoral programs who have a passion for the teaching and conduct of research related to social work education;
  • those who have an interest in the scholarship of teaching and learning within social work education;
  • members from RO1 and non-RO1 institutions; and
  • representatives of diverse groups.

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