2021 Awardees



2021 Professional Recognition Award Recipients

  • Significant Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Education Award

    Dr. Enola Proctor
    Shanti K. Khinduka Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Washington University in St. Louis
    The Significant Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Education Award is presented to Enola Proctor, PhD. Dr. Proctor is the Shanti K. Khinduka Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research is motivated by the question, “How do we ensure that people receive the very best possible care?” She has studied this question in a variety of social work, public health, and health-care settings, ranging from hospitals to community agencies. Her research and teaching have advanced the field of mental health services research, particularly from a social work perspective. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) has supported her research and training grants for 28 consecutive years. Her team was awarded the first NIMH-funded Social Work Research Development Center, and she was founding director of the longest-running mental health services research doctoral and postdoctoral training program in social work.
    Dr. Proctor has contributed to the intellectual capital for the rapidly growing field of dissemination and implementation science, leading teams to distinguish, clearly define, develop taxonomies, and stimulate more systematic work to advance the conceptual, linguistic, and methodological clarity in the field. Dr. Proctor has advised the National Institutes of Health and the World Health Organization on several implementation science projects in low- and middle-income countries, including current work on COVID vaccine implementation. She directs the Implementation Research Institute, a training program in implementation science funded by NIMH. Her former students and mentees now lead countless research projects, training programs, and center grants in the area of mental health services. She was the first social worker appointed to serve on the NIMH National Advisory Council.
    Proctor is a fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research and was a member of the inaugural class of fellows in the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare. Her awards include Washington University’s Arthur Compton Holly Distinguished Faculty Award, the Society for Social Work and Research’s Distinguished Research Award, the National Association of Social Workers’ President's Award for Excellence in Social Work Research, and the American Public Health Association Stephen M. Banks Award for Outstanding Mentoring in Mental Health Services.
  • Distinguished Recent Contributions to Social Work Education Award

    Dr. Suk-hee Kim
    Associate Professor, Northern Kentucky University School of Social Work
    CSWE will give the 2021 Distinguished Recent Contributions to Social Work Education Award to Suk-hee Kim, PhD, COI, MSW, associate professor and site coordinator of the Public Child Welfare Certificate State Program in the School of Social Work at Northern Kentucky University (NKU). Dr. Kim is also an active faculty fellow for the Institute for Health Innovation at NKU.

    Dr. Kim is a proactive scholar, researcher, and educator in gerontological research and opioid addiction studies. She developed NKU’s transdisciplinary approach to an aging-specific curriculum and, with her colleagues, guided the creation of NKU’s gerontology microcredentials and social entrepreneurship microcredential. She received an award for her Rising Hope for Aging Project, a community-based learning initiative that connects NKU students with residents at a low-income housing unit for senior citizens. With support and collaboration across the campus community, Dr. Kim played a significant role in helping NKU earn the Age-Friendly University designation in 2020, making NKU the first institution in the region to join the international effort to increase accessibility and support services for students of all ages.

    Dr. Kim has served on diversity focused councils, advisory boards, and committees at the university, regional, and national levels. She received the CSWE Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education Community Impact Award in 2020; the CSWE Community Partnership Action Inaugural Award in 2019, focused on opioid addiction; and the Korean American Social Work Educators Association Middle Career Achievement Award in 2020. She has served on the CSWE Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity; is a certified CSWE accreditation site visitor; and is a reviewer for the Journal of Social Work Education.

    Dr. Kim has been awarded grants by the U.S. Department of Justice (Comprehensive Site-Based Opioid Research) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (Rural Community Collaborative Addiction Treatment Initiative), among others. She is very actively involved with high school students through the IHI Teen Health Science Caf├ęs. 

    Dr. Kim received her joint PhD in social work from the University of Kentucky and University of Louisville and her MSW in social work from Boston University. She joined the NKU faculty in 2014.
  • Early Career Faculty Service and Leadership in Social Work Education Award

    Dr. Yarneccia D. Dyson
    Assistant Professor of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
    CSWE will present the 2021 Early Career Faculty Service and Leadership in Social Work Education Award to Dr. Yarneccia Dyson, assistant professor of social work at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

    Dr. Dyson is an equity-minded thought leader committed to inclusive excellence and social justice. As a social and behavioral scientist, she engages in health disparities research that focuses on reducing and alleviating negative health outcomes by empowering marginalized communities through implementation science. 

    While teaching across BSW, MSW, and PhD programs, Dr. Dyson also contributes leadership and service. She served on the Development Committee for the PhD in social work as part of the Joint Programs in Social Work of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina A&T State University and chairs the Department of Social Work Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. On the national level, Dr. Dyson served as track chair for the CSWE African Americans and the African Diaspora track; as co-chair of the CSWE Council on Racial, Ethnic, and Cultural Diversity; and as a member of the CSWE Commission for Diversity, Social, and Economic Justice. She is a CSWE accreditation site visitor and was appointed to the CSWE Task Force to Advance Anti-Racism in Social Work Education as co-chair for the Curriculum Development Work Group.

    In 2020 Dr. Dyson received the CSWE Feminist Manuscript Award for her paper, “The Use of Black Feminist Theory as a Lens to Explore the Sexual Health Needs of Black College Women: Translating Frameworks to Communities and Social Environments for HIV Prevention.” She participated in the Association for Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD) Emerging Leader-Scholar Initiative (2015–2020) and currently is chair of African American Issues for BPD.
    Dr. Dyson has more than 15 years of social work practice experience in various roles, including social services administrator, research analyst, and public health analyst. She is currently a co-principal investigator on two Health Resources and Services Administration awards totaling $3 million.

    As a true believer in ubuntu and the importance of “lift as you climb,” Dr. Dyson mentors many students and has served on dissertation committees across the southeastern United States. She serves on various editorial boards and is the lead editor for Black Men’s Health and Helping Professions (forthcoming, spring 2022, Springer). She is committed to faculty development with a focus on peer mentoring and supporting the success of Black women and women of color scholars in the academy.

    Dr. Dyson is a graduate of the Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University, where she earned a doctor of philosophy in social work policy, planning, and administration & social science (cognate: public health). She earned her BSW from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University and a master’s degree in clinical social work from the Florida State University.
  • Established Faculty Service and Leadership in Social Work Education Award

    Dr. Jenny L. Jones
    Dean and Professor, Whitney M. Young, Jr. School of Social Work, Clark Atlanta University
    The Established Faculty Service and Leadership in Social Work Education Award is presented to Jenny L. Jones, PhD, MSW, ACSW. Dr. Jenny Jones is dean and professor of the Whitney M. Young, Jr., School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University and graduate faculty affiliate at Florida State University. Dr. Jones has more than 23 years of professional social work experience in higher education, public child welfare service systems, HIV/AIDS community-based multiservice organizations, and applied research. Her primary research examines administrative practice (including supervision and organizational culture) and its impact on service delivery and child well-being. In addition, her interests include financial capability and asset building, which considers the integration of financial and economic principles and interventions in direct practice with low-income families. Dr. Jones’ research productivity includes extensive involvement as principal investigator or co-investigator on nine externally funded projects totaling $10.5 million in grants and contracts over the past 23 years.

    Dr. Jones has sustained a well-respected research and community service career grounded in culturally responsive practices. She has authored or edited more than 47 scholarly publications, reports, and monographs. Dr. Jones is nationally and internationally known for her work in child welfare and HIV/AIDS. She serves on the CSWE Board of Directors, is a former member of the CSWE Diversity Commission and the CSWE Diversity Center Advisory Board, and is former director of the CSWE Minority Fellowship Program.