Nominations for 2020 Katherine A. Kendall Memorial Award are now Open

Deadline: 30 September 2019

Nominations are invited for the Prestigious Katherine A. Kendall Memorial Award for distinguished contribution to the development of social work education internationally.

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The award will be presented to the recipient during the Joint World Conference on Social Work Education and Social Development in Rimini, Italy in July 2020.

The Katherine A. Kendall Memorial Award was introduced in 1992 to honor the late The International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) Honorary President, Dr. Katherine A. Kendall. The intention of the award, which is made biennially, is to acknowledge significant contributions to the development of social work education at the international level.

Criteria for the Katherine A. Kendall Award

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The nominee can come from any region of the world and may or may not be a member of IASSW.  The biography of the nominee must match the required criteria.

The award has been established to recognize distinguished international contributions to social work education. The nominee should therefore meet as much of the following criteria as possible:

  • Involved in educational activities to promote equality and social justice in all societies.
  • Researched and produced professional literature of interest and value to social work educators.
  • Developed curricula that have advanced social work education worldwide.
  • Involved in or supported innovative educational approaches leading to improvement of the quality of social services, approaches that are usable in different countries as models in teaching social work practice.
  • Promoted social work education, nationally and regionally, and successful practice strategies from the fields of social welfare and social development.
  • Involved in worldwide interpretation of professional education for social work as essential for preparation of well-qualified social work personnel.

How to Apply

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Each nomination which must be sent to the chair of the Committee should be accompanied by the following supporting materials:

  • The CV of the nominee (this should provide evidence of the impact of the nominees work on social work education at the educational level and how this was achieved).
  • A letter explaining how the candidate meets the criteria for the award.
  • The names and addresses (including email, fax, telephone number) of two persons who would act as referees for the nominee).
  • Nominations should be submitted to the chair of the Committee at the address given on the website.

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