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The Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work is an organization made up of over 90 social work doctoral program directors worldwide who represent their member Universities. Founded in 1977, GADE's primary purpose is to promote rigor in doctoral education in social work, focusing on preparing scholars, researchers, and educators who function as stewards of the discipline.

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Update: GADE Reception at SSWR

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We are writing to inform you that the GADE Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel our GADE Reception at the 2022 SSWR Conference. Due to the unprecedented rise in recent coronavirus infections, we feel it is prudent to honor our awardees at an online live awards ceremony to be held in the very near future (date TBA). In addition to this virtual event, we will plan to recognize this year’s awardees again at the 2023 SSWR Annual Conference. The Board did not come to this decision lightly. After careful deliberation, we concluded that the risks outweighed the benefits and made the difficult decision to shift course.

Happy New Year from GADE - Annual Newsletter

Check out the 2021 year in review annual newsletter!

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On behalf of the GADE Board of Directors, we share our Annual Newsletter: 2021 Year in Review. In this issue, we highlight the successes and triumphs of 2021 and our key initiatives for 2022.
Wishing you all a happy, healthy, and fulfilling new year! Looking forward to continued engagement in 2022 to further the impact of doctoral education in social work.

Join GADE at SSWR!

Save the date for the SSWR Annual Conference on January 12-16, 2022

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We look forward to seeing you at the Society for Social Work Research (SSWR) 26th Annual Conference on January 12-16, 2022, at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC.

In preparation for SSWR, GADE would like to invite you to the GADE-sponsored events. We have events on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this year. Please check out the GADE-sponsored sessions by visiting for a list of all GADE SSWR details.


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