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The Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Inc. (BPD) and the Association for Gerontology Education is Social Work (AGE-SW) created this award in 2005 to honor Mildred (Mit) Joyner for her leadership and vision of gerontology in baccalaureate social work education. The purpose of the award is to promote leadership in gerontological social work practice for undergraduate students through scholarship, best practices, and/or community connections.

BSW students, social work field instructors who work with BSW students, and faculty who teach in BSW programs are eligible to be nominated for this award.


Previous Award Recipients

Catherine Tompkins (2006)
Stacey Kolomer (2008)
Joy Swanson Ernst (2009)
Esther Langston (2010)
Teri Kennedy (2011)


See 2024 Mit Joyner Conference Tribute by clicking below:

Mildred “Mit” C. Joyner, MSW, LCSW is the past President of the NASW. She is professor emerita of social work at West Chester University (WCU) in Pennsylvania. Joyner received a BSW from Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, and her MSW from Howard University’s School of Social Work in Washington, DC. 

       Her professional career began at Chester County Children and Youth Services as a protective service worker; she was promoted to the department head, then a legal liaison of the child abuse unit. Joyner later joined the faculty at WCU as an associate professor, where she was elected by the faculty as department chair of the undergraduate social work department. She retired from the university as a full professor, and presently works as a consultant. 

       Joyner is a member of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Council on Social Work Education, and NASW, where she recently ended her term as national vice president. In West Chester, she serves on the board of directors of Chester County Food Bank and is a bank director at DNBFirst.

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