2006 Scott Greer Awards
Scott Greer Award for Postgraduate Contribution to Urban Affairs
Dr. Jan Wilberg received both her Master's degree in Urban Affairs (1977) and her Ph.D. in Urban Social Institutions (1986) from UWM. She also participated in Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government Community and Economic Development Training program. In 1995 Dr. Wilberg formed Wilberg Community Planning and has worked as an independent consultant providing expert technical assistance and training to nonprofit organizations and local governments. Dr. Wilberg has taught in the Educational Policy and Community Studies department at UWM, the Nonprofit Center of Milwaukee, and the Peter F. Drucker Foundation for Nonprofit Management. Prior to 1995, Dr.Wilberg was Director of Planning, Research, and Community Involvement at the Social Development Commission in Milwaukee. She was elected commissioner to its board from 2000-2004. She has published in Participation Quarterly and developed program evaluation models and other tools for community-based organizations and service programs.
Her work has focused on assisting public and private organizations that serve low-income and minority communities improve their services in the greater Milwaukee area. She has extensive experience working with community organizations and governmental agencies to help diverse stakeholders work together to find common solutions to seemingly intractable problems such as youth incarceration, homelessness, indigent health care, drug and alcohol abuse, and community-based approaches to mental health. Her list of projects and partners represents a substantial portrait of Milwaukee's nonprofits and government such as: Milwaukee YWCA, Milwaukee County Dept. on Aging, Parks Dept., Delinquency Services, the Mental Health Task Force, the Child Abuse Network, Milwaukee Public Schools, Shelter Task Force, YW Works, Private Industry Council, Wraparound Milwaukee, La Causa, Substance Abuse Network, United Migrant Opportunities Center, Health Care for the Homeless, among many others. In her work she has earned considerable trust and respect, in part because of her strong belief in public participation in community planning efforts, and for her ability to successfully bring together diverse social actors and organizations to develop a wide range of community service programs and initiatives.
Scott Greer Award for Postgraduate Achievement in Advancing Understanding of Urban Social Institutions
Dr. William Powell received his Ph.D. in Urban Social Institutions (1987) from UWM and his MSW from UWM's School of Social Welfare (1975). He is currently professor of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Prior to working in academia, Professor Powell worked in the field of social work, practicing as a medical social worker (1978-1985) and psychiatric social worker (1969-74). In 1984, he cofounded Geriatric health Systems, Inc., to provide health care consulting to the geriatric community.
Throughout his career, Professor Powell has worked to advance the field of social work. As a professor of social work he has received several awards for teaching excellence. He has published numerous articles, essays, and reviews in leading social work journals, and his forthcoming coauthored book, The Art of Practice, continues in that tradition by bringing together research and practice to the benefit of practitioners, clients, and the field as a whole. Since 2001, Dr. Powell has been editor of the journal, Families in Society, considered one of the 'core' journals in the field of social work. During his tenure as editor, the journal has risen rapidly in reputation among academicians in the field of social work. In this last year it was ranked one of the best journals in field of social work. Prior to working as editor, Dr. Powell served as book review editor and associate editor for the journal. As editor, Dr. Powell has continually demonstrated his commitment to advancing exceptional social work education, both in the academic and direct practice communities. Throughout his career, and exemplified in his work at the journal, Dr. Powell has shown his passion for social justice and giving voice to those who are served by social workers. He has sought out editorial content and critical scholarship that examines the strengths and failings of professional practice, the adequacy of professional education, the limitations of social policy, and the personal reflections of what it means to be a social worker.