About the Director
Joan Levy Zlotnik, PhD, ACSW, assumed the position of SWPI director on October 1, 2009. From 2000 until September 30, 2009 she served as executive director of the Institute for the Advancement of Social Work Research. Previously, she served as staff director of NASW’s Family Commission and as a Government Relations Associate at the NASW. She was also Director of Special Projects and Special Assistant to the Executive Director at the Council on Social Work Education. She is the editor of a book series, Building Social Work Research Capacity, published in 2012 by Oxford University Press and is co-author of the volume, Building Research Culture and Infrastructure. Among her other publications, she is the author of Preparing the Workforce for Family-Centered Practice: Social Work Education and Public Human Services Partnerships; coeditor of several books including Charting the Impacts of University Child Welfare Collaboration and Preparing Helping Professionals to Meet Community Needs: Generalizing from the Rural Experience, and coeditor of the fall 2009 special issue of Child Welfare. She holds a PhD in Social Work from the University of Maryland, an MSSW from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BA from the University of Rochester. Dr. Zlotnik is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and an NASW Social Work Pioneer®. She has received numerous awards including the 2012 University of Maryland School of Social Work Alumni of the Year Award and was also selected as one of the School’s 50 Heroes for Justice. She also received the Association of Gerontology Education in Social Work (AGESW) Leadership Award and the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Director’s (BPD) Presidential Medal of Honor. She was recognized by the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) Social Work Research Working Group for her efforts on behalf of social work research at NIH.