Social Workers as Civic-Minded Professionals

  • Sarah E. Twill Wright State University
  • Laura A. Lowe Texas Tech University
Keywords: Civic-mindedness, community service, social work profession, social work education


This study examined civic-mindedness among a sample of social work educators, community practitioners and new graduates. Using a web-based survey, researchers administered Hatcher’s (2008) Civic-Minded Professional scale. Results indicated that traditional and field faculty were more civic-minded than new graduates and other practitioners. Social work educators who focused on raising civic awareness in courses were more civic-minded than colleagues. New graduates who had participated in club service events were more civic-minded; however, there was no significant differences between groups based on number of community service courses completed. Social workers, whether faculty or not, who had participated in collaborative research were more civic-minded. The authors conclude that how social workers view their commitment to civic engagement has implications. Social workers need to be vigilant in our commitment to well-being in society. Intentional practices could be implemented to strengthen the partnership among groups.

Author Biography

Sarah E. Twill, Wright State University
Sarah Twill, PhD, MSW, is an assistant professor in the Department of Social Work at Wright State University.