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School of Social Policy & Practice
Excellence in Teaching Awards

The 2006 recipients of the School of Social Policy & Practice’s Excellence in Teaching Awards are Dr. Jeffrey Draine (standing faculty) and Walter Palmer (part-time faculty). Recipients of these awards are selected by graduating students and must demonstrate a high level of scholarship in the courses 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. The awards will be presented at the school’s commencement ceremony on May 15.

Jeffrey DraineDr. Jeffrey Draine, associate professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice, is also affiliated with the Center for Mental Health Policy and Services Research in the department of psychiatry.  His primary interests are in community based rehabilitation and recovery oriented services for people with mental illness involved in the criminal justice system. He is also interested in how policy enables or limits self-determination among those who receive mental health services. He is co-director of  The Center for Mental Health Services and Criminal Justice Research, an NIMH funded research center based at Rutgers University, which includes an NIMH and NIDA funded post doctoral training program. He also works with the Penn Collaborative on Community Integration, a center devoted to research and consultation about inclusion and self-determination for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. Dr. Draine teaches in the Masters of Social Work and the Masters of Non-Profit Leadership degree programs at the School of Social Policy and Practice.

Walter Palmer

Walter Palmer, a lecturer in the School of Social Policy & Practice, has a J.D. from Howard University Law School. Mr. Palmer  has previously won this award in 2000 and in 2002. He is a community activist with particular expertise in community and economic development and civil rights, and is frequently called upon to negotiate conflicts and incidents of civil unrest. Among his many community involvements, he is the director of the Palmer Foundation (a research and training institute on social justice), co-founder of the Black Men at Penn School of Social Work, Inc., and founder of the Leadership Learning Partners Charter School.

 

 

 



 
  Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 33, May 9, 2006

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