University of Portland professor Alice Gates wins 2015 Marie O. Weil Outstanding Scholarship Award

Awards and Rankings


Social Work

October 28, 2015

Alice Gates, a faculty member of the University of Portland’s sociology and social work department, is this year’s winner of the Marie O. Weil Outstanding Scholarship Award, co-sponsored by the Association of Community Organizations and Social Administration (ACOSA) and Taylor & Francis Publisher. Gates’ article, “Integrating social services and social change: Lessons from an immigrant worker center,” was based on her multi-year ethnography of an immigrant workers’ organization in southeastern Michigan. The award recognizes outstanding scholarship published in the Journal of Community Practice and is based on contributions to the field, scholarly approach, and promotion of macro practice values.

The Journal of Community Practice is an interdisciplinary journal grounded in social work. It is designed to provide a forum for community practice, including community organizing, planning, social administration, organizational development, community development, and social change. The journal articulates contemporary issues, providing direction on how to think about social problems, developing approaches to dealing with them, and outlining ways to implement these concepts in classrooms and practice settings.

Gates has been a member of the UP faculty since 2011. Prior to that she was completing her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in the Joint Program in Social Work and Social Science. She speaks fluent Spanish and is a longtime advocate for workers’ and immigrant rights.

For more information contact Gates at 503.943.7104 or


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