Congratulations to two school alumni who have made significant contributions to the field of social work.
Michael Daley, PhD ’83, was named a “Social Work Pioneer” by the National Association of Social Workers. This prestigious award honors social workers who have contributed to the evolution and enrichment of the profession.
Daley is Chair and Professor of the Texas A&M University-Central Texas Social Work Department. He is best known for his contributions to the field of rural social work and his advocacy of BSW education. In 2015, he published Rural Social Work in the 21st Century, the first comprehensive book on the field of rural social work in more than 30 years. Daley is currently the Editor-in Chief of the Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work and a member of the CSWE Commission on Accreditation and is the Managing Editor of Contemporary Rural Social Work.
Robert Payne, MSSW, ’88, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Idaho, has been selected by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) to receive the 2019 Sunny Andrews Award for Outstanding Commitment to Social Work Regulatory Board Service.
He will receive the award November 9, 2019 during the ASWB Annual Meeting of the Delegate Assembly in Orlando, Florida. The ASWB is the social work regulatory coordinating association for all 50 states and 10 Canadian provinces.
Payne, a social worker for more than 30 years, is currently a mental health consultant for Higher Ground, a therapeutic recreations program for military veterans.