Hodge to be inducted as a Fellow in American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare


Paul Atkinson

The American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare announced it will bestow the honor of Fellow on David Hodge, a professor and chair of the PhD program in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University. Hodge will receive the honor at the organization’s annual conference in San Francisco in January.

“We are very pleased that David was selected for the 2019 class of Fellows in the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare,” said James Herbert Williams, director of the ASU School of Social Work. “This is a tremendous honor and acknowledges the quality of David’s scholarship and his contribution to the profession.”

Hodge will be one of 21 Fellows inducted into the Academy as determined by a super majority vote of members. Established in 2010, the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW) encourages, recognizes and celebrates outstanding research, scholarship, and practice that contributes to an equitable and sustainable future. It aims to influence social policy by serving as a source of factual information for social work professionals, researchers and policymakers.

“I am delighted to be adding this group to the Academy,” said AASWSW President Sarah Gehlert, Dean of the University of South Carolina’s College of Social Work. “It will broaden our expertise for future activities.”

Hodge is an internationally recognized scholar on the topic of spirituality, religion, and culture. His scholarship has appeared in more than 100 scholarly articles in addition to numerous encyclopedia entries, book chapters, conference presentations, and popular media. His latest book, Spiritual assessment in social work and mental health practice, was published in 2015. Hodge is also a fellow in the Society for Social Work and Research.

He is the fourth professor in the ASU School of Social Work to be honored with the title of Fellow, joining colleagues Flavio Marsiglia (2012), James Herbert Williams (2016) and Craig LeCroy (2017).

“Arizona State University is very fortunate to now have four Academy Fellows at our school,” said Williams. “It’s a clear indication of the quality of scholarship at our school.”

Currently, there are 129 Fellows from more than 38 universities in the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare.