A historical account of the Society for Social Work and Research: Presidential perspectives on advances in research infrastructure

Janet B W Williams, Tony Tripodi, Allen Rubin, Nancy Hooyman, Paula Allen-Meares, Deborah K. Padgett, Anne E. Fortune

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Abstract

The Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) was founded in 1994 to provide a meeting ground and support organization for individual social workers who engage in research. Over its first 14 years, SSWR has grown from a modest-sized organization that hosted an initial conference to a large and influential force that sponsors a wildly successful yearly conference. SSWR's annual conference now showcases a portfolio of awards, including a travel scholarship for a doctoral student, a named lecture, and a very competitive abstract submission process. Funding for research by social workers has grown over the years, and SSWR, in association with the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research (IASWR), has become a regular provider of educational opportunities about funding sources. This article presents perspectives from the first seven presidents of the organization, who describe the growing richness and diversity of SSWR's membership and projects and the increasing visibility of research conducted by social workers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)208-219
Number of pages12
JournalSocial Work Research
Volume32
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2008

Keywords

  • Infrastructure
  • Organization
  • Research
  • SSWR

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science

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