Professor Hopps Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

A University of Georgia professor known for combating injustice through her activism and scholarship has been selected for one of the social work profession’s highest honors.The Council on Social Work Education has chosen June Gary Hopps, the Thomas M. "Jim" Parham Professor of Family and Children Studies at the UGA School of Social Work, to receive its Significant Lifetime Achievement in Social Work Education Award. The award recognizes exemplary accomplishments in research, teaching pedagogy, curriculum development, and organizational leadership over an entire career. Hopps was the first African-American dean of Boston College School of Social Work and the youngest in its history. Under her leadership, the school transitioned from a small regional program to one of national prominence, rising to 14th in the U.S. News and World Report’s graduate school rankings.

As the first African-American editor-in-chief of Social Work, the flagship journal of the National Association of Social Workers, she developed initiatives to bring more women and people of color into research publication. Hopps’ published work, which includes seven books, often calls attention to inequality outside and within social work. “Dr. Hopps’ eminence as a social work policy scholar reflects her lifelong dedication to equality and social justice,” wrote Anna Scheyett, dean of the UGA School of Social Work and Jenny Jones, dean of the Clark Atlanta University School of Social Work, in a letter supporting Hopps’ nomination for the award. “We are in awe of her bravery and resolve for justice for all.” Congratulations, Dr. Hopps!