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2017 Research on Teaching Effectiveness in Policy Award

Deadline Extended to March 31, 2017

Official Contest Rules 2017


ISP is now accepting nominations for its award recognizing outstanding research on Teaching Effectiveness in Policy. This award, made possible by the Fund for Social Policy Education & Practice, recognizes significant social work contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning in the social policy sequence.

Examples of pertinent research questions include: What teaching strategies and assignments produce optimal learning outcomes for students? After students graduate, what is their sense of efficacy in influencing social policy and what do they actually do?  What assignments, readings, and activities do students identify as pivotal to their learning about social policy and policy practice?

Eligible Articles:

  • Must have appeared in print in a social work journal, or an interdisciplinary journal that includes a focus on social work, during the 2014, 2015, or 2016 calendar years;
  • Must include a first author who possesses a graduate professional social work or social welfare degree (MSW, Ph.D./DSW), is a current or former faculty member in a social work program, is a student in a social work program, or is a member of Influencing Social Policy (ISP).
  • Must report on quantitative or qualitative research that addresses one or more of the questions listed above or related questions that contribute to our understanding of teaching effectiveness in social work and policy.

The Award:

The author of the winning article will receive a cash prize of $1,800 and a plaque from ISP. Co-authors will share the cash award and will receive certificates of recognition. The authors will be honored at Policy Conference 2.0 in St. Louis, June 1-3, 2017.

To Enter:

All nominations must be submitted electronically. The deadline is Friday, March 31, 2017. Submissions must include the nominated article and a brief statement explaining the reasons for the nomination. Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged.