Hall of Fame

The Alabama Social Work Hall of Fame honors social workers in the areas of education/research and practice/administration, retired or deceased, who are acclaimed by their peers and colleagues for their professional status and exemplary leadership, creativity, contribution to the knowledge base and practice of social work, and influence in the life of the community.

Founded by the Social Work Society at The University of Alabama School of Social Work, the Alabama Social Work Hall of Fame honors the accomplishments of some of the state’s most distinguished leaders in the field of social work.

Download the 2016 Alabama Social Work Hall of Fame Nomination Form.


2015 Inductees:

FrasierDr. Edith C. Fraser is a retired professor from Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Alabama. Prior to her time there she served at Oakwood College/University from1985 to 2009 as the Director of Field Instruction, Chair of Social Work Department and had a dual appointment as professor in Social Work Department and Director of Faculty Development and Research.  She is a native of Louisville, Kentucky and received her Bachelor of Arts from University of Louisville (1970), her MSW from Boston University (1972) and Ph.D. from Smith College School for Social Work (1994). As a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and a Licensed Certified Social Worker, she has presented nationally and internationally on topics focusing on victims of Crime, victims of domestic violence, child abuse and/or neglect, homeless populations, AIDS sufferers, women in poverty and minority populations.


John Houston (2)John M. Houston is a lifelong resident of Alabama with a nearly 40-year career in the human services field.  He received his BA degree from Auburn University and MA and MSW degrees from the University of Alabama.  Houston served as Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Mental Health from 2005-2011.  He has been a long time leader in advocacy for children’s services.  He was active in the drafting and passage of state legislation promoting early intervention services for infants and toddlers with disabilities and also for interagency collaborative services for multiple needs children. Houston continues to work as an advocate for children serving as the Chairperson of Alabama Children First.


Harriett MeansHarriett Ivory Means was born in Detroit, Michigan. She received her undergraduate and graduate degrees from Wayne State University. Her Ph.D. was completed at The University of Alabama School of Social Work in 2003. Means began social work practice in 1968 and retired in 2012 from Troy University as an Associate Professor of Social Work. She is married to Elbert Means and together they have three children and four grandchildren.

Frasier, Houston, and Means will be honored at a ceremony at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 2410 University Boulevard, in Tuscaloosa.

The ceremony and lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. Cost of admission is $25.  For more information, contact Liz Dykes or (205) 348-5384.


Criteria for Selection to the Hall of Fame

The nominee:

  • Must be retired from paid, full-time Social Work employment and be 65 or older or deceased
  • Must have an academic degree in professional social work from an accredited school of social work and have practiced, engaged in research, or have been an educator for professional practice
  • Must have resided in Alabama for at least some part of their lives
  • Must be recognized as a highly influential leader in practice or education for social work, or in governmental bodies or institutions of the community
  • Must have shown originality and creativity in making outstanding contributions either to clinical, policy/practice, to the legislative process in the interest of social welfare, to the professional literature, to social work research, or to administration, resource development, and/or community well-being.

Click here to download the Nomination form. You must have Adobe Reader to download and print the form. If you have questions regarding the Alabama Social Work Hall of Fame, please contact Liz Dykes at eadykes@sw.ua.edu or 205-348-5384.

Click on the links below to view the Alabama Social Work Hall of Fame inductees from past years:

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