CSWE Selects Three Partners in Advancing Education for International Social Work Awardees for 2009


For Immediate Release
Carrie Murdock deGuzman
1.703.519.2057, cmurdock@cswe.org

CSWE announces the three recipients of its 2009 Partners in Advancing Education (PIE) for International Social Work Awards—an individual, program, and organization

September 1, 2009 – ALEXANDRIA, VA—CSWE announces the three recipients of its 2009 Partners in Advancing Education (PIE) for International Social Work Awards—an individual, program, and organization who have demonstrated exemplary innovations in the international social work field. This year’s PIE awardees are M. C. “Terry” Hokenstad (Cleveland, OH), the University of Ljubljana’s International Doctoral Studies Program in Social Work (Slovenia), and the PRONI Center for Social Work Education (Croatia).

The awardees were selected for their national and international contributions to advance social work education concepts, curricula, and programming on a global level. The recipients will be recognized at a November 7 reception to be held at CSWE’s 55th Annual Program Meeting in San Antonio, TX, a conference attended by 3,000 social work educators, students, and practitioners each year.

 “The CSWE Commission on Global Education’s PIE Awards are an annual opportunity for CSWE to recognize those who are dedicated to advancing international social work education,” said CSWE Executive Director Julia M. Watkins. “An international perspective on curricular development and collaboration is becoming increasingly important with the globalization of social work research and practice.”

Terry Hokenstad, a Case Western Reserve University professor, has more than 40 years of experience producing international social work curricula, publishing social work literature, and fostering international partnerships. A former editor in chief for the International Social Work Journal, Hokenstad has advanced the mission of many organizations central to international social work, including CSWE’s Katherine A. Kendall Institute and the United Nations. In collaborating with U.S., Canadian, Hungarian, and Philippine universities and government agencies, Hokenstad has also established systems to improve doctoral social work education.

The University of Ljubljana’s International Doctoral Studies Program is the first joint doctoral program founded in Europe. Its international interdisciplinary learning program allows doctoral students to study social work, welfare systems, and social policies in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. Its program promotes important social work education principles, such as social justice and the right of self-determination. The academic network that it has established is represented in the international community by academics, practitioners, and user groups, drawing on both local and foreign experts.

The PRONI Center for Social Work Education encourages cooperation and understanding between young people in war-torn communities in which ethnic divisions still exist. PRONI has developed 20 international youth exchanges with neighboring countries to facilitate dialogue and collaboration among tomorrow’s leaders. It has also created more than 200 youth training programs to help teenagers of Croatia find employment and to promote entrepreneurship across the country.

Since 2003, CSWE’s Commission on Global Social Work Education has granted up to three PIE Awards annually. Award nominations can be submitted in one of the following categories: individuals, teams of individuals, degree-granting social work education programs, national organizations, or international organizations.

The Council on Social Work Education is a nonprofit national association representing more than 3,000 individual members, as well as more than 660 graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work education. Founded in 1952, this partnership of educational and professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the sole accrediting agency in the United States for social work education.


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2009 Annual Program Meeting.