Jackson State professor appointed to the Council on Social Work Education’s Commission on Membership and Professional Development

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Jackson State University alum and professor Brian E. Anderson, Ph.D., has been appointed to serve a three-year term on the Council on Social Work Education’s (CSWE) Commission on Membership and Professional Development (CMPD).



“I am extremely privileged and humbled to have been chosen by the leadership at CSWE to serve in these capacities as I represent and advocate for the advancement of social work education for approximately 800 CSWE accredited programs,” said Anderson, who received his master and doctoral degree in social work from JSU.

According to CSWE’s website, the CMPD supports the Council on Conferences and Faculty Development, Council on Leadership Development, and Council on Publications; as well as facilitates and integrates the development of innovative programs, methods, and materials that enhance and strengthen the delivery of social work education.

The overarching goal of these activities is to maximize educational outcomes as evidenced in the form of highly competent social work graduates. The guiding principle for the Commission is to approach professional development with a spirit of creative inquiry that promotes inclusion and unity among social work educators.

Currently, Anderson serves as a board member for the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors.  Prior to his CMPD appointment, he served two concurrent terms on CSWE’s Commission on Educational Policy.  As a COEP commissioner, he was tasked with assisting the establishment of the educational policies that aligned with the CSWE accreditation standards.

Additionally, he was selected to serve on the COEP and Commission on Accreditation joint committee to review and finalize the new CSWE 2022 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards. Anderson was also appointed to serve on CSWE’s Task Force to Advance Anti-Racism in Social Work Education, which was an instrumentally embedded component utilized in formulating the organization’s new accreditation standards.

Anderson received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Tougaloo College.