Mandel School Assistant Dean Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

Dean Gilmore and Andrea Porter smiling at camera

Andrea G. Porter, Assistant Dean for Student Services at Case Western Reserve University’s Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, was awarded March 30 with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. The award recognizes “an individual as espousing the best social work values and accomplishments throughout their career.” She had previously been recognized with the Lifetime Achievement Award for Region 3 of the state.

“I am thrilled Andrea has been recognized with this outstanding distinction,” says Grover C. Gilmore, PhD, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences. “As a faculty member and an alumna, Andrea is a terrific example of the school’s commitment to creating leaders in social work. In all that she does, she is the consummate social worker.”

Throughout her career as a social worker and administrator, Andrea has served in a number of capacities from direct practice to management; teaching to staff training; organizational development, evaluation and more. She devoted 32 years of her career to child welfare, including 12 years supervising protective services and 12 years as deputy director in Summit County. She has served the Mandel School since 2004.

Sarah Andrews, on the faculty at the Mandel School, recommended Andrea for the award and calls her “honest and trustworthy.”

“The Mandel School and our student services management is strengthened because she is at the core of it,” Andrews says. “She guides students and empowers them. She is a co-worker on whom all of us depend for helping support our students to success.”

Andrea is a graduate of the Mandel School’s Master of Science in Social Administration (MSSA), a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and an Ohio Licensed Independent Social Worker – Supervision (LISW-S).

A skilled instructor, Andrea has taught social work courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her primary teaching interests are child abuse and family violence, impact of separation on child development, child sexual abuse, program evaluation and practice intervention in large systems. In addition, she has an interest in the recruitment, support and retention of students with a career interest in the social work profession.

Additionally, Andrea is a leader in the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, International Partners in Mission, St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Foundation and the Cleveland-based Student Run Health Clinic.