Jane Bierdeman-Fike Lifetime Achievement Award Nominations

The Jane Bierdeman-Fike Lifetime Achievement Award honors a member of the NASW Missouri Chapter who exemplifies the best of the Chapter’s mission through specific professional accomplishments.


A member service and development association advancing a unified Social Work profession and standards, advocating for sound public social policies.


To enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. A historic and defining feature of social work is the profession’s focus on individual well-being in a social context and the well-being of society. Fundamental to social work is the attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living.

In honoring the Social Worker of the Year, the NASW Missouri Chapter highlights superb accomplishments in the practice of social work in the member’s career.

Nomination Guidelines

  1. Be a member of the NASW Missouri Chapter in good standing (upholding the Code of Ethics).
  2. Have minimum of twenty years’ experience in the field of social work.
  3. Have demonstrated outstanding leadership skills in the social work community.
  4. Represent NASW Mission and the Missouri Chapter’s vision.
  5.  Exemplify social work values and ethics.
  6. Make a demonstrable difference in such areas as:
       -  Enhancing Social Justice
       -  Encouraging Cultural Diversity
       -  Promoting Community Service
       -  Advancing the Social Work Practice
       -  Advocating on behalf of the Profession of Social Work and the Clients We Serve
  7. Contribute to local, regional, and/or national social work practice development and NASW Missouri Chapter.
  8. Be recognized beyond the social work profession.
  9. Have demonstrated outstanding service to the social work field by virtue of work in clinical, educational, political, and administrative arenas
  10. Currently employed staff of NASW-Missouri may be utilized as a resource but may not make nominations or write letters of support.
  11. Current NASW Missouri Board members or Leadership Search Committee Representatives may not be considered for any award.