Academic Awards

The School of Social Work celebrates faculty and staff excellence in research, scholarship and service at the School’s annual Academic Awards Ceremony. The highest honor is the university-wide Buford Peace Award. It is tradition to present the Buford Peace Award and social work academic awards in May.

2020 Academic Awards

Washington, D.C. Program Outstanding Commitment to Field Education

Award is given to an agency field supervisor who works with students completing field placements in Washington, D.C.

Best in New Lives:  Retiring Award

These honors are awarded to faculty and staff members who have retired from the School of Social Work.

Best in Promotion Awards

This award is given to faculty members who continue to direct their academic career toward service in administration serve in leadership roles.

Best in University Degrees Awarded

This honor is given to faculty and staff members who have completed additional University degrees.

Buford Peace Award

This award is given annually to a faculty member at The University of Alabama who in his or her teaching, research, professional practice and personal life has demonstrated exceptional levels of involvement in mediating human disputes, helping overcome prejudice, promoting justice and establishing peace.

Dean’s Faculty Award for Research, Teaching and Service

This award is given to faculty members in recognition of their accomplishments in each of these areas and for their commitment to the ideals of social work and outstanding accomplishments in research, teaching and service.

Howard B. Gundy Award

This award is given a faculty or staff member who has demonstrated significant service to the faculty, students, staff and alumni of the School and to the profession of social work.

Outstanding Adjunct of the Year

This award recognizes a social work adjunct faculty member who has demonstrated an excellence in social work education by providing professional support, mentorship and knowledge in the classroom to contribute to the development of future social work professionals.

Outstanding Commitment to Field Education Award

This award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated excellence in field education by providing professional support, mentorship and knowledge to ensure field experiences which contribute to the development of future social work professionals.

Staff Excellence Award

The award recognizes the exemplary performance of a staff member who consistently excels in his or her position and demonstrates integrity and a strong commitment to the mission and values of the School.