Ackerson Award for Excellence in Student Teaching
This award is given to a PhD student who excels in teaching while in the pursuit of a doctoral degree. This award was established in 2015 by Dr. Barry Ackerson in honor of his family, and in support of doctoral students who place a high priority on outstanding teaching.
Dr. Ackerson retired from the School of Social Work in June 2015, having been at Illinois since 1998, serving as associate dean since 2002, and directing the MSW and PhD programs during that time. Dr. Ackerson began his career in 1975 as psychiatric social worker. Prior to his academic career he was clinician and administrator in Alabama for twenty-three years, becoming involved in mental health system reform for the state. His practice background is reflected in his research on mental health services. He serves on the boards for the NASW Illinois Chapter and Community Elements. He presents at national conferences and publishes in a variety of social work and mental health journals.
Dr. Ackerson was also the recipient of the NASW Illinois Chapter Lifetime Acheivement Award. This award recognizes professionals whose work has upheld basic tenets of the social work profession-giving voice to those who are without voices.
If you are interested in supporting outstanding PhD student teachers, you can also support this fund.