SSW alum honored by the Network for Social Work Management

SSW alumnus Michael J. Austin will receive the Chauncey Alexander Lifetime Achievement Award at the Network for Social Management Annual Conference Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 17, 2016 in Los Angeles, CA. Austin is a previous University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work Distinguished Alumni award winner.

is the Milton and Florence Krenz Mack Distinguished Professor of Nonprofit Management and director of the Mack Center on Nonprofit and Public Sector Management in the Human Services at the School of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley. He is the former dean of the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Work, and teaches graduate students in the area of non-profit management, community planning and the social environment dimensions of human behavior and the social environment. His areas if research include the social psychology of organizational role taking, building organizational knowledge-sharing systems to support evidence-informed practice, and expanding the methodologies of practice research.

Since 1992 he has served as Staff Director of the Bay Area Social Services Consortium (BASSC) that is a collaborative composed of 11 county social service directors, 5 deans/directors of social work programs, and 2 foundation executives. Its primary activities include an applied research program, an executive development program, and a policy analysis/ implementation program. The most recent BASSC research report relates to evidence for child welfare practice (Evidence for Child Welfare Practice, Routledge 2010). Since 2006 he serves as the Staff Director of the Bay Area Network of Nonprofit Human Service Agencies (BANNHSA) and recently published a Mack Center research report on pioneering nonprofit human service organizations (Organizational Histories of Nonprofit Human Service Organizations, Routledge, 2013). His work on management practice includes: Supervision as Collaboration in the Human Services: Building a Learning Culture. Sage Publications, 2004 (with K. Hopkins) and Managing the Challenges in Human Service Organizations: A Casebook, Sage Publications, 2009 (with R. Brody and T. Packard). His most recent publication is Social Justice and Social Work: Rediscovering a Core Value of the Profession (Sage, 2014). His publications reflect a long-standing interest in the management of nonprofit and public sector organizations. He is the author or co-author of 20 books, over 100 articles and numerous reports. He serves as Editor of Human Service Organizations Management, Leadership & Governance.

The Chauncey Alexander Lifetime Achievement Award was established in 1989 to honor the entire career of select social work managers. The award recipients reflect Chauncey Alexander’s passion and commitment to the social work profession, and his drive for excellence. Chauncey was a beloved, energetic, high-performance professional–an accomplished social work manager grounded in rich social work tradition. His lifetime of social work management achievements represent a rich legacy that merits passing from one generation to the next.  Although Chauncey Alexander passed away in 2005, his memory and legacy will continue to be recognized through this award. During the 27 year history of the award, only 9 have been made.