From the Foreword by Marshall L. Smith: "There is so much more to becoming a social work educator than just being prepared to walk into class. Career Reflections of Social Work Educators takes a giant step toward preparing the fledgling practitioner-turned-social-work-educator for the career adventure ahead. I certainly wish I had known about academic politics, grant writing, the process of achieving tenure, strategies and requirements for promotion, and the need to
spend time in the community recruiting new students. I also wish I had known about limited resources, dealing with mercurial administrators, and the incredibly complicated process of accreditation and reaffirmation . Perhaps the greatest value of Career Reflections of Social Work Educators is that
it will help novice academicians enter the academy with eyes wide open and avoid, or at least face, the inevitable bumps in the road with their sense of humor firmly intact. It is the closest we have to a global positioning system (GPS) for navigating the career of the social work educator."
Spencer Zeiger (MSW, PhD, University of Washington) is professor and MSW program director at Pacific University. He has taught in Minnesota, Alaska, Massachusetts, and Georgia. His practice experience includes working with adolescents in residential treatment, older adults in day treatment, and teenage fathers. Zeiger has served as treasurer (1998-2000) and president (2001-2003) of the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors.