The 2002 recipients of the School of Social Work's Excellence in Teaching Awards are Dr. Carol Wilson Spigner (standing faculty), and Joseph McBride and Walter Palmer (both part-time faculty). The awards will be presented at the School's commencement ceremony on May 14.
Recipients of the Excellence in Teaching Awards are selected by graduating students and must demonstrate: a high level of scholarship in the course(s) taught; a teaching style that stimulates the students' interest; a commitment to student learning; respect for students' personal differences; and a significant and lasting impact on the professional development of students.
Dr. Carol W. Spigner, associate professor of social work, received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Riverside and her M.S.W. and D.S.W. degrees from the University of Southern California. She joined the School in July, 1999, as a visiting professor and joined the faculty permanently in September, 2000. Prior to her arrival at Penn, Dr. Spigner had been the Associate Commissioner of the Children's Bureau at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families (ACF). As Associate Commissioner, Dr. Spigner was responsible for the administration of federal child welfare programs.
Joseph McBride, M.S.W., is a part-time lecturer at SSW, where he teaches Foundations of Social Work Practice, and Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents. He is past Director of Social Work and Training Director at Philadelphia Child Guidance Center. His experience in mental health is extensive both as a practitioner and administrator. He is also a researcher on a large diabetes research project. Mr. McBride has extensive consulting and teaching experience in family dynamics, health and mental health and aging.
Walter Palmer, J.D., a part-time lecturer at SSW, teaches American Racism and Social Work Practice, and Promoting Social Change. He has also taught at Penn's Medical School, and at Temple and Lincoln universities. He is a community activist with particular expertise in community and economic development and civil rights who is frequently called upon to negotiate neighborhood conflicts and incidents of civil unrest.
Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 32, April 30, 2002