OFFICE OF THE PROVOST

M.C. "Terry" Hokenstad Jr., PhD


M.C. "Terry" Hokenstad Jr., PhD, is the Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and a professor of global health in the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

In a career spanning more than four decades, Hokenstad is recognized as a worldwide leader in social work education and research, with a special focus on global aging. His cross-national research projects have examined innovations in elder care and pension policies in countries throughout the world. He has lectured and led workshops at 57 universities in 23 different countries.

He is a past president of the North American and Caribbean Region of the International Association of Schools of Social Work, and has served as president of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and chair of the International Committee for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). He has been a trustee of the National Council on Aging and the National Conference on Social Welfare. He is a member of the United Nations' Non-Governmental Organization Committee on Aging, and served on the U.N. Technical Committee responsible for drafting the International Plan of Action on Aging. In 2002, he was named to the United States delegation to the United Nations' World Assembly on Aging.

A prolific scholar, Hokenstad has authored seven books and numerous articles, chapters, and monographs, in the fields of comparative social welfare, care of older people, and social work practice and education. In addition, he has served as editor-in-chief of The International Social Work Journal and co-editor of special issues of publications such as Ageing International, Social Policy & Administration, the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare and the Journal of Applied Social Sciences.

Honors include the 2006 International Rhoda G. Sarnat Award from the NASW, the CSWE's Significant Lifetime Achievement Award, and the 2004 IASSW Katherine Kendall Award for a "Lifetime of Distinguished International Service to Social Work Education." In 2009 he was named "Educator of the Year" by the Ohio Association of Gerontology and Education.