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Coppin State University Faculty Receives Top Social Work Honors
Published: Tuesday May 6, 2014

Coppin State University Faculty Receives Top Social Work Honors

Dr. Errol Bolden, chairman and associate professor of the Department of Social Work at Coppin State University, recently received the Social Worker Educator of the Year award from the National Association of Social Workers - Maryland Chapter.

“The criteria for the award states that nominees for the 2014 Social Worker Educator of the Year must educate the public about the unique qualifications and diverse professional activities of social workers and must support high standards for training in social work education,” stated the selection letter. “The Educator of the Year must also advance the body of social work knowledge through research and publication.”

Bolden, who was nominated by colleague, Professor Delores Long-Coleman, said he was honored to be selected for the distinguished honor.

A graduate of Northwest Nazarene College in Idaho, Dr. Bolden went on to obtain his master’s degree from Howard University and later his Ph.D. in social work at University of Pittsburgh, decided to pursue a career in social work to advocate for marginalize groups.

This is “an extension of my character, not a career choice but a calling,” stated Bolden, who began his chairmanship in 2010.

Bolden, who readily credits his faculty for allowing him to provide the vision, said the department has seen positive growth. This includes expansion of technology, growth in forensic social, visiting international lecturers, outreach with a global focus, increase in advocacy efforts as well as an increase in student enrollment, making the department one of the fastest growing at the university.

Last year, a graduate of the program was recognized as the Bachelors Social Work Student of the Year in the State of Maryland. Moreover, alumni have received Practitioner of the Year awards through various agencies and many went on to obtain their professional licenses and started organizations.

As for future plans, Dr. Bolden ultimately hopes to develop a graduate program but as for now his department is looking forward to making a greater impact on the Coppin State community.

“We want the community to not only see us an extension of who they are but an entity committed to supporting them as far as maximizing their potential,” Dr. Bolden added.

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