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2012 Annual Program Meeting

The 58th Annual Program Meeting offered the more than 2,600 attendees over 600 sessions that aimed to foster greater understanding on the value of social work in addressing complex social concerns.

Each of the presentations by the three plenary speakers served to promote the importance of investing resources to advance social work as a profession and as a science and to invite an examination of challenges and opportunities in growing high-quality social work education.

The APM also featured the new CSWE Film Festival, an expansion of the Gero-Ed Film Festival that broaden the scope of its annual film festival to reflect the many issues that social work educators must cover in their classrooms. Also more than 100 social work programs, publishers, associations, social service organizations, and other vendors exhibited their innovative products.

Regional Planning Committee


Student Volunteers



Phase 1 Proposal Reviewers



During the APM a number of achievement and recognition awards will be presented. Information about them will be posted as it becomes available.

Council on Conferences and Faculty Development

The Council on Conferences and Faculty Development is the volunteer body responsible for policy-setting related to the Annual Program Meeting and other faculty development programs at CSWE. The Council is part of the Commission on Professional Development. Tracey Mabrey, Chair
DePaul University
Diana R. Garland, 2013 APM Chair
Baylor University
Tina U. Hancock
New Mexico State University
Joanne Hessmiller
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
David A. Jenkins, 2013 APM Cochair
Texas Christian University
Nancy Kropf
Georgia State University
Cheryl D. Lee
California State University, Long Beach
Cathleen A. Lewandowski, 2012 APM Cochair
George Mason University
Olga Osby
Jackson State University
Vimala Pillari
Clark Atlanta University
Cudore L. Snell, 2012 APM Chair
Howard University
Elizabeth H. Voshel
University of Michigan
Michael Wright
Tennessee State University

Significant Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Education Award

Charles D. Garvin is being recognized for his seminal influence as an educator, scholar, and mentor over the course of his distinguished career.

Elaine Pinderhughes is being recognized for her longevity in the field exceeded only by her impact as a scholar, role model, and mentor to countless faculty and practitioners.

Distinguished Recent Contributions in Social Work Education Award

Patricia J. Volland has revolutionized social work education and field practice with older adults.

Chair's Leadership Award (formerly the Presidential Award)

Congressman Towns is being recognized for his lifelong dedication to addressing the needs of vulnerable populations and his unparalleled commitment to the social work profession.

SAGE/CSWE Award for Innovative Teaching

Laurel Iverson Hitchcock, University of Montevallo    Workshop Title: Teaching Social Media for Professional Social Work Practice

Shari E. Miller, University of Georgia        Workshop Title: Locating the “Minimum Spaces”: Creating Opportunities for Transdisciplinary Education

Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression Scholarship Award

Lea Tufford is a PhD candidate at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. 

Peter A. Newman is a professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto and Canada Research Chair in Health and Social Justice.

David J. Brennan is an assistant professor of social work at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto. 

Shelley L. Craig is an assistant professor at Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto.

Michael R. Woodford is an assistant professor with the School of Social Work, University of Michigan, where he teaches macro practice courses.

Partners in Advancing International Education (PIE)

These awardees have demonstrated outstanding contributions to the field of international social work education.

Program Awardee

University of Washington/Royal University of Phnom Penh

Organization Awardee

Books for Africa

Individual Awardee

Rich Furman, University of Washington

Ashley Brooks-Danso Memorial Fund for Student Support

Blair Karp, MSW, St. Louis University

Jennifer McCullough, MSW, Hood College

Megan McDonough, BSW, Michigan State University


The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), provider #1163, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. CSWE maintains responsibility for the program.

Speaker Highlights

Highlights of the headline speakers at the 2012 APM

Carl A. Scott Memorial Lecture

Bearing Witness: Storytelling and Human Rights
Alex Kotlowitz
Award-Winning Journalist and Bestselling Author
Alex Kotlowitz addressed how storytelling helps us understand our society, and why acknowledging the lives of marginalized populations—those whose voices have been drowned out—is essential to our ongoing struggle for the maintenance of human rights.

Special Plenary

Voting Rights Versus Voter Suppression
Benjamin Todd Jealous
President and CEO National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Hokenstad International Lecture

New Frontiers of International Social Work: Is There an East–West Divide?
Tan Ngoh Tiong, PhD, RSW, ACSW
Dean, School of Human Development and Social Services SIM University Singapore
The development of social work in Asia varies greatly by country, very much depending on the sociopolitical context.