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Awards / Honors

Lecture series honors professor's lifetime of achievements in Social Work

July 26, 2013

Brad Sheafor Lecture Series in Social Work has recently reached endowment status and will begin to generate interest to fund the annual lectures.

Brad SheaforWhen Brad Sheafor retired after a 38-year career at Colorado State University, the School of Social Work ensured that his national leadership and contributions to the field of social work would be carried on through the Brad Sheafor Lecture Series in Social Work. This lecture series has recently reached endowment status thanks to the support of generous donors, and will begin to generate annual interest to fund the annual lectures.

The purpose of the fund is to provide a lecture series that will build on Sheafor’s legacy of strengthening human services by bringing recognized experts to better inform CSU faculty, students, and social work practitioners on cutting-edge topics in social work and human services.

Focused on improving the human condition

Coming to CSU in 1974, Sheafor served as director of the fledgling Division of Social Work. In 1986 he stepped into the role of interim dean for the College of Applied Human Sciences (now the College of Health and Human Sciences), during which time he was responsible for uniting the College of Professional Studies and the College of Human Resource Sciences into a cohesive unit with disciplines focused on improving the human condition.

Sheafor has made significant contributions as a key teacher and administrator, a leader in national professional groups, and an author of key textbooks used in the School of Social Work at CSU and throughout the world, including “Social Work: A Profession of Many Faces,” currently in its 12th edition, and "Techniques and Guidelines for Social Work Practice," for which he is preparing the 10th edition. He was honored by the Council on Social Work Education in 2006 with its award for Significant Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Education and by the CSU Alumni Association in 2010 with its Distinguished Faculty Award.

During his notable career at CSU, Sheafor held numerous leadership positions, helping to grow social work from a program in the sociology department into the successful School of Social Work we know today.This endowment will ensure Sheafor’s legacy is never forgotten.

Committee to select distinguished lecturers

The committee for the Brad Sheafor Lecture Series in Social Work will convene for the first time in the coming year, with the first lecture anticipated to be held during the 2014-15 school year.

The committee from the School of Social Work will select and invite distinguished experts to CSU give lectures to student groups, faculty and practitioners. Rather than using an application process, the recipients will be selected on the basis of excellence in the field and having accomplishments that will enhance scholarly and creative awareness of national and international issues in social work.

In addition to this endowed lecture series, Sheafor was also honored as part of the College of Health and Human Sciences Legacies project, which seeks to highlight the contributions of emeriti faculty and retired employees. For a video and more information on Sheafor, go to the Legacies Project website.

The School of Social Work is part of the College of Health and Human Sciences at Colorado State University.

Contact: Tracy Kile Schwartz
Phone: 970.491.7525