Download PDF nomination forms for the 2015 Elizabeth Butler AwardSocial Impact Award, and Distinctive Innovation in Social Services Award.

Web nomination form links forthcoming.

Nominations Due Thursday, April 30, 2015

Edith Abbott Award Requirements

The SSA Alumni Association Nominations Committee will select the person to be recognized based on the following:

Required supporting documentation
• Nominee’s resume or CV
• Statement of nomination (2000 words or less)

Additional supporting documentation
Optional, but highly encouraged (please provide no more than 15 pages of additional documentation)
• Letter(s) of reference (max: 3)
• Newspaper, journal, or other articles about nominee
• Information about previous awards received by nominee

Criteria
• Extraordinary success in career and consistent, long-term, high-level achievement
• Stellar advances in the field of social work which have enhanced the profession overall
• Success of total enterprise, agency, division, or initiative which can be directly attributed to the direction or efforts of the individual nominee
• Clinical innovation, policy innovation, or research advances which can be directly attributed to the work/direction of the individual nominee
• Use of influence and effectiveness with public and in the social work profession (or a related profession) to support advances in the field of social work
• Recognition by colleagues, peers, public, and clients for outstanding contributions towards social welfare
• Use of influence and effectiveness in the SSA community to help support SSA and current students
• Always practicing, modeling, and espousing exemplary ethics

Elizabeth Butler Award Requirements

The SSA Alumni Association Nominations Committee will select the person to be recognized based on the following:

Required supporting documentation
• Nominee’s resume or CV
• Statement of nomination (2000 words or less)

Additional supporting documentation
Optional, but highly encouraged (please provide no more than 15 pages of additional documentation)
• Letter(s) of reference (max: 3)
• Newspaper, journal, or other articles about nominee
• Information about previous awards received by nominee

Criteria
• Extraordinary success in career relative to number of years since graduating from SSA
• Recognition by colleagues, peers, public or clients for outstanding contributions towards social welfare
• Enlisting public support for improved social welfare at the clinical, policy, management or administrative level
• Demonstrating leadership through example by bringing a host of critical and valuable skills to the profession or related field(s)
• Always practicing, modeling and espousing exemplary ethics
• Using influence and effectiveness in the SSA community to help support SSA and current students
• And, in the words of Elizabeth Butler, “its not what they’ve done, its what they bring to the profession”
• Successful candidates for the award will have met one or more of these criteria: a strong commitment to social change; exceptional leadership in an agency or within a community; creativity in non-traditional or innovative approaches to practice; contributions to the field through research and publications; demonstrated professional skills.

Social Impact Award Requirements

The SSA Alumni Association Nominations Committee will select the person to be recognized based on the following:

Required Supporting Documents
• Nominee’s resume or CV
• Statement of nomination (2000 words or less)

Additional Supporting Documents
Optional, but highly encouraged (please provide no more than 15 pages of additional documentation)
• Letter(s) of reference (max: 3)
• Newspaper, journal, or other articles about nominee
• Information about previous awards received by nominee

Criteria
• Excelled beyond the norm early in his/her career.
• Distinguished themselves as leaders (formal or informal), or catalysts for change in either the clinical or administrative setting.
• Making a meaningful difference to individuals/ organizations/communities within the social service field.
• Highly respected by their peers and clients.
• Developed or promoted innovative solutions to social problems.
• Committed to furthering the social work field through, volunteerism, teaching or mentorship.

Distinctive Innovation Award Requirements

The SSA Alumni Association Nominations Committee will select the program to be recognized based on the following criteria:

• Description of the type of innovation: Contributions to New Program Development, Management Systems, Reshaping Organizational Culture, Multi-Agency Collaboration, Resource Development
• How is the innovative program linked to SSA? Describe the role of SSA alumni, faculty or students in the program
• What is the mission of the program?
• What needs does the program address?
• Who are the benefactors and beneficiaries of the program?
• How is the program’s success and sustainability measured?
• Can this program be easily replicated by other institutions?
• What is the reputation of the program and its parent organization, if applicable? Is the program or parent organization accredited? Is the program or parent organization not in any legal or financial trouble?

Optional, but highly encouraged (please provide no more than 15 pages of additional documentation)
• Letter(s) of reference (max: 3)
• Newspaper, journal, or other articles about program
• Information about previous awards received by program