About the Dean Schneck Memorial Award

In 2014 NANFED launched the The Dean Schneck Memorial Award for Distinction in Social Work Field Education, recognizing long-term, significant contributions to field education practice, leadership, and scholarship.  Recipients are celebrated at NANFED’s Heart of Social Work Award Reception during the CSWE APM.

Dean Schneck, who passed away in 2012, helped form the North American Network of Field Educators and Directors (NANFED) in the late 1980s. He served as the Director of Field Education at the University of Wisconsin— Madison for nearly 30 years.  Through Dean’s advocacy, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) created the Commission on Field Education, establishing the importance of field education to social work education. This award is given in honor of his generosity, warmth and dedication to social work field education.  For more information on Dean’s legacy, a memorial tribute is available here, and NANFED board member Ronnie Glassman’s 2014 introduction to the award is available here.


2015 – Jo Ann McFall, 2012-2015 Chair of the Council on Field Education and recent Associate Director for Field Education and Community Programs at Michigan State University.  A tribute to Jo Ann is available in the Fall, 2015 Field Educator Journal.

2014 –Emeline Homonoff, faculty emertus at Simmons College, and founding editor of the Field Educator Journal.  Click here to read NANFED Vice President Bill Fisher’s presentation to Emmie.