Distinguished University Professor Emeritus M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad is one of the leading figures in social work featured in the new book, Internationalizing Social Work Education: Insights From Leading Figures Across the Globe by Gurid Aga Askeland and Malcolm Payne and published in 2017 by Policy Press.
The book documents the establishment of international social work after World War II, as it built upon its base in the United States and Europe to spread around the world. It is a history told via interviews with 13 distinguished social work educators, all of whom have received the Katherine A. Kendall Distinguished Service Award from the International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW) — innovators at the forefront who established and secured social work education during this period of internationalization. To receive the award, they met criteria that included promoting equality and social justice in all societies, research of value to social work educators throughout the globe, and innovative curriculum development and educational approaches that advances social work worldwide.
Dr. Hokenstad’s profile in the book focuses on his 43-year career at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University as a former dean and now-retired professor, as well as his service as president of the Council on Social Work Education, chairing the National Association of Social Worker’s International Committee, leadership of IASSW, work on United Nations committees on ageing, and participation in countless delegations and workshops around the world. He has authored nine books and has served as editor-in-chief of International Social Work.
One of the other social work leaders profiled in the book (and one of only two other Americans) is Herman Stein, DSW, who was dean of the Mandel School from 1964 to 1968 and later served as Provost of Case Western Reserve. In his profile, Dr. Hokenstad notes, “It is amazing that both Herman Stein and I are from the same institution, Case Western Reserve University, which I think is without question one of the U.S. leaders in international social work education.”