M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad, Jr., PhD

Distinguished University Professor

Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor

Professor of Global Health (School of Medicine)

Cert. Educational Management,
Harvard University
PhD, Brandeis University
MSW, Columbia University
BA, Augustana College
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel
School of Applied Social Sciences
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44106-7164


M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad holds the title of Distinguished University Professor at Case Western Reserve University. He is the Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor at the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, and also serves as Professor of Global Health in the School of Medicine.In a career spanning more than four decades, Hokenstad is recognized as a worldwide leader in social work education and research. He is a past president of the North American and Caribbean Region of the International Association of Schools of Social Work, and has served as president of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and chair of the International Committee for the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). He has been a trustee of the National Council on Aging and the National Conference on Social Welfare. He is a member of the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization Committee on Aging, and served on the U.N. Technical Committee responsible for drafting the International Plan of Action on Aging. In 2002, he was named to the United States delegation to the U.N.s World Assembly on Aging.A prolific scholar, Hokenstad has authored nine books and numerous articles, chapters, and monographs, in the fields of comparative social welfare, care of older people, and social work practice and education. In addition, he has served as editor-in-chief of The International Social Work Journal and co-editor of special issues of publications such as Ageing International, Social Policy & Administration, the Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, and the Journal of Applied Social Sciences. He serves on the editorial board of several other scholarly journals.
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Course List

  • SASS 630 Seminar in Social Work Education
  • SSWM 546 International Social Work
  • SPPP 513 Aging Policy and Service Delivery
  • SPPP 470 Social Policy


  • United Nations NGO Committee on Ageing
  • International Association of Schools of Social Work
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • American Society on Aging

Scholarly Interests

  • Innovative Programs in Aging
  • United Nations and International Organizations
  • International Social Welfare and Social Work
  • Health and Social Services Policies and Programs for Older People
  • Cross-national Studies of Social Service Delivery Systems
  • Retirement Patterns and Pension Policies
  • Assessment for Long Term Care Services

Recent Publications

Miller, D. B., & Hokenstad, T.  (2014) Rolling Downhill:  Effects of austerity on local government social services in the United States. Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare.

Hokenstad, M.C., Healy, L. &  Segal,U. (2013) Teaching Human Rights:  Curriculum Resources for Social Work Educators.  Alexandria ,Virginia:  Council on Social Work Education.

Hokenstad, M.C. and Roberts, A.R. (2013). Aging in the twenty first century:  Global challenge and international action.  GENERATIONS,  Vol.37. No.1.

Roberts, A. R., Miller, D. B., & Hokenstad, Jr., M. C. (2012).  Long term care insurance beyond the CLASS program, Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare, XXXIV, Number 3, 85-109.

Hokenstad, M., (2012), Social work education:  The international dimension. In K. Lyons, M. C. Hokenstad, M. S. Pawar, N. Hueglar, & N. Hall (Eds)., Sage Handbook on International Social Work  (pp. 163-178).

Hokenstad, Jr., M. C., & Roberts, A. R. (2012). Older persons and social work: A global perspective. In K. Lyons, M. C. Hokenstad, M. S. Pawar, N. Hueglar, & N. Hall (Eds)., Sage handbook of international social work. London: Sage Publications.

Hokenstad Jr., M.C., & Choi, M. (2012). Global aging. In L. M Healy & R. J. Link (Eds.), Handbook of international social work: Human rights, development, and the global profession (pp. 137-141).  New York: Oxford University Press.

Lyons, K.,  Hokenstad, M.C., Pawar, M.S., Hueglar, N. & Hall, N. (Eds). (2012). Sage handbook of international social work. London: Sage Publications.

Hokenstad Jr., M. C., & Roberts, A. R. (2011). International policy on ageing and older persons: Implications for social work practice. International Social Work, 54, 330–343.

Hokenstad Jr., M. C., & Roberts, A. R. (2010). Global greying and active aging: Challenges for international social work.  Journal of Global Social Work Practice, 3(2). Retrieved from http://www.globalsocialwork.org/vol3no2/Hokenstad.html

Hokenstad Jr., M. C., & Roberts, A. R. (2010). Social Work’s role in ensuring enabling and supportive environments for older persons. A global perspective. Journal of Social Intervention: Theory and Practice, 19(2), 25–38.

Boitel, C., Farkas, K., Fromm, L., & Hokenstad, M. C. (2009) Learning transfer principles in a comprehensive integration model.  Journal of Teaching & Social Work, 29,400–417.

Recent Presentations

Hokenstad, M. C. (April, 2015)  Pension policies in China and the United States. Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China.

Hokenstad, M.C. (October, 2014)  Integrating international social work content within an online course.  Council on Social Work Education: Annual Program Meeting, Tampa, Florida.

Hokenstad, M. C. (July, 2014)  Aging in the New Millennium: Global Challenge and International Action.  American Society on Aging Webinar, San Francisco, California.

Hokenstad, M. C. (November, 2013).  International organizations and humanitarian programs.  Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China.

Hokenstad, M. C. (November, 2013).  Active ageing from an international perspective.  School of Human Development and Social Services S.I.M. University, Singapore.

Hokenstad, M. C. (November, 2013). Social work agenda for global action.  Inaugural Lecture, Global Institute of Social Work. Singapore.

Hokenstad, M. C. (October, 2013). Teaching human rights in social work education.  Annual Program Meeting, Council on Social Work Education.

Hokenstad, M. C. (December, 2012). Global challenges for social work in China and the United States. Keynote  Speech: Northwest China Symposium. Northwest University. Xian, China.

Hokenstad, M. C. (December, 2012).  The global agenda for social work. Symposium on Strengthening Social Service Delivery Capacity in China. Beijing Normal University. Beijing, China.

Hokenstad, Jr., M.C. (December, 2012). Teaching policy analysis in social work education. China – U.S. Collaboration Conference, Peking University, Beijing, China.

Hokenstad, Jr., M.C. (November, 2012). Disaster management: An international challenge for social work. Tolstoy Pedagogical University, Tula, Russia.

Hokenstad, Jr., M.C. (November, 2012). Global social work: An action agenda for the 21st century. Tolstoy Pedagogical University, Tula, Russia.

Hokenstad, Jr., M.C. (November, 2012). The global agenda for social work: Trends, themes and actions. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Washington, D.C.

Hokenstad, Jr., M.C. (July, 2012). Human rights challenges and roles for social work. World Conference on Social Work and Social Development, Stockholm, Sweden.

Hokenstad, Jr., M.C. (July, 2012). Teaching human rights in social work education:Global concepts and local applications . World Conference on Social Work and Social Development,  Stockholm, Sweden.

  • Lyons, K.,  Hokenstad, M.C., Pawar, M.S., Hueglar, N. & Hall, N. (Eds). (2012). Sage handbook of international social work. London: Sage Publications.
  • Lessons from Abroad: Adapting International Social Welfare Innovations. Edt. with James Midgley. Washington: NASW Press, 2004.
  • Models of International Collaboration in Social Work Education. Edt. with Lynne Healy and Yvonne Asamoah. Alexandria, VA: Council on Social Work Education (2003).
  • Issues in International Social Work: Global Challenges for a New Century. Edt. with James Midgley. Washington, DC: NASW Press, 1997.
  • Profiles in International Social Work. Edt. with S.K. Khinduka and James Midgley. Washington, DC: NASW Press, 1992.
  • Gerontological Social Work: International Perspectives. Edt. with Katherine A. Kendall, New York: Haworth Press, 1988.
  • Linking Health and Social Services: International Perspectives. Edt. with Roger A. Ritvo. Beverly Hills, California: SAGE Publications, 1982.
  • Participation in Teaching and Learning: An Idea Book for Social Work Educators, with Barry D. Rigby. New York and Vienna: International Association of Schools of Social Work, 1977.

2009 Partners in Advancing Education for International Social Work Award

M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad, professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, won the 2009 Partners in Advancing Education for International Social Work Award from the Council on Social Work Education. For the past 40 years, Hokenstad has been involved with research in his field, producing international curriculums and working with schools and governments from Canada to Hungary to the Philippines. He also has worked closely with the United Nations.

– The Plain Dealer “Honored” column, November 24, 2009

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Join Us and Our Presenters at CSWE APM 2015

Oct 12 2015

CSWEThere are a variety of ways you can join the Mandel School at the Council on Social Work Education 61st Annual Program Meeting (#2015APM), the premiere conference for social justice professionals on October 15-18 in Denver, Colorado.

+ Visit us at booth #517. We have special Centennial gifts and lots of great information for our alumni, colleagues, and prospective students.

+ Join us at a private reception for Mandel School alumni, faculty and students to celebrate our Centennial and another record year of research. It is on Friday, October 16, at 5pm at Katie Mullen’s Irish Pub & Restaurant. To RSVP, contact Nada DiFranco (nada.difranco@case.edu). We are also hosting a Centennial Salon for Denver-area alumni hosted by Amy McClellan, MNO 1998, on Thursday, October 15. To RSVP for that alumni networking event, contact Marianne Lax (Marianne.lax@case.edu).

+ Join Dr. Terry Hokenstad, Distinguished University Professor, at the Hokenstad International Lecture on Friday, October 16. Dr. Vishanthie Sewpaul from the University of KwaZulu Natal Durban and the South Africa President of the Association of Schools of Social Work in Africa will present “Challenges to the West and the Rest Value Dichotomies: Culture, Human Rights and Social Work.”

+ An article by doctoral program alumnus Craig R. Boitel, PhD 2002, “Defining Signature Pedagogy in Social Work Education: Learning Theory and the Learning Contract,” which appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of the Journal of Social Work Education was chosen as a JSWE Best Conceptual Article. He will be honored at the Reviewers Reception on Saturday, October 17.

+ Doctoral students Susan Yoon and Hyunyong Park will receive the Outstanding Dissertation Proposal Award by the Korean-American Social Work Educator Association (KASWEA) at the conference. Only two awardees were selected this year and both were from the Mandel School!

+ Presentations by our faculty (bold) and doctoral students (italics):

  • Yoon, Susan & Kobulsky, Julia, Voith, L. A.  Steigerwald, S. (alumna) Violence exposure and adolescent behavior problems: Parent-child relationships as a mediator. Abstract accepted for interactive poster presentation.
  • Holmes, Megan R., Yoon, Susan & Kobulsky, Julia Resilience in physically abused children: Protective factors for aggression. Abstract accepted for oral presentation.
  • Riley-Behringer, M. (alumna), Cage, Jamie, & Yoon, Susan Helping Direct Practice Social Work Students Embrace Their Inner Policy Wonk. Abstract accepted for interactive workshop.
  • Tracy, Elizabeth M., Wood, Zoe Breen, Farkas, Kathleen Making the transition from classroom to online education….and back again. Workshop abstract accepted to present at a Faculty Development Institute.
  • Wood, Zoe & Riley-Behringer, M. (alumna) Be Left for a Newer Model? HBSE Needs a Little Work Done! Abstract accepted for a discussion group section.
  • Hokenstad, M.C.  Engaging in Social Work Education across Borders: Opportunities & Lessons Learned. Abstract accepted for a Partnership Presentation.
  • Hokenstad, M.C. Panelist. Representing Social Work Education at the United Nations. Sponsored by IASSW. 

+ Alumni presenters: David Beimers, PhD 2009; Ralph Belk, MSSA 1996; Carlton David Craig, MSSA 1993; Emily Dakin, MSSA 2001, PhD 2004; Fran Danis, PhD 2000; Laurel Davis, MSSA 1978; Abbie Frost, MSSA 1977, PhD 1984; Altaf Husain, MSSA 1994; Robert Keefe, MSSA 1985; Patricia Kolb, MSSA 1971; Flavio Marsiglia, PhD 1991; Lisa McGuire, PhD 2000; Min So Paek, PhD 2013; Hyeshin Park, MSSA 2010; James Piers, PhD 1997; D. Mark Ragg, PhD 1997; Mary Ann Rawlings, PhD 2008; Joanne Riebschleger, PhD 2001; Maureen Riley-Behringer, MSSA 1994, PhD 2015; Mary Secret, MSSA 1973; Susan Smalling, PhD 2012; and Stacey Steigerwald, MSSA 2015.

Terry Hokenstad to Lead Public Affairs Discussion on China’s Aging Population

Oct 6 2015

hokenstadM.C. “Terry” Hokenstad, PhD, will lead a Public Affairs Discussion Group on “China’s Aging Population: Policy Decisions and Program Challenges” on Friday, October 9, at 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. at Mather House Room 100.

The event is presented by the Center for Policy Studies at Case Western Reserve. Its director, Dr. Joseph White, the Luxenberg Family Professor of Public Policy, writes of this discussion: It has become a cliché to refer to the “timebomb” of “China’s aging population.” That may be an exaggeration, like the “demographic tsunami” that supposedly threatens the United States. But in China’s case it is not part of a campaign to cut protections for the elderly. Instead, it reflects fears that China’s society and policies will not be adequate to prevent human misery. China is unusual in that the proportion of elderly in the population is rising rapidly at lower levels of wealth than in countries like Germany, Japan, or the United States, so before full implementation of social protections. Challenges are exacerbated by migration of younger workers from rural to urban areas, leaving aging parents behind. Chinese traditions of filial obligation to care for the aged thus are also threatened. Chinese policy-makers are well aware of the problem, but finding and implementing effective policies will be difficult.

A worldwide leader in social work education and research, Professor Hokenstad has focused especially on aging issues worldwide. He is a Distinguished University Professor and the Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor at the Mandel School.

Mandel School Mourns Passing of Louis Stokes

Aug 19 2015

Congressman Stokes at his 90th birthday party at the Mandel School on Feb. 23.

The entire Mandel School community is deeply saddened today to learn of the death of civil rights icon Louis Stokes, who was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Mandel School since his retirement from Congress in 1998. He died Tuesday, August 18, at the age of 90, after being diagnosed in late June with an aggressive form of cancer.

“I grieve in the news that Congressman Stokes has passed away,” said Dean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore. “While I am very saddened by his passing, I rejoice in the accomplishments of his life. He truly has made a difference in our nation, our region, and in the lives of the students, faculty, and staff of the Mandel School. Each semester I read the wonderful teaching evaluations that he received. He brought advocacy and policy reform to life for our students. They were inspired and supported by his example and his advice. He also was generous in giving his time and wisdom to students, alumni, and faculty who sought his advice. He was a great man and leaves an indelible mark on our lives.”

In Memoriam to Louis Stokes: Watch video, see photo gallery, leave condolence messages, and share memories


Louis Stokes: His political mastery rested on decency and gentle wit — Cleveland.com


President Obama Reflects on Passing of Louis Stokes — Fox8 News


Dean Gilmore interviewed about Louis Stokes’ lasting legacy in Cleveland — Fox 8 News


To Make a Gift to the Mandel School in Memory of Louis Stokes: Click here and note the gift is for the “Louis Stokes Fellowship Program Fund.”

An active member of the Mandel School faculty, Stokes taught classes, advised his fellow faculty, and even spent his 90th birthday at the school. But his story begins on February 23, 1925, when he was born in Cleveland. His father, Charles, passed away when Louis and his brother Carl were very young. The boys were raised by their mother, Louise, who had high expectations for her sons. She worked hard so that her sons would not have to stay in the housing projects and on welfare; the key for them, she believed, was education. Stokes took this advice to heart and dreamed of becoming a lawyer.

After graduating from high school, Stokes joined the army and served in the south. His passion for black advocacy was ignited by his treatment as a second-class citizen in the country he was serving. Stokes returned to Cleveland after serving for three years, attending the Cleveland College at Western Reserve University in the evenings and working as a clerk for the Treasury during the day. He earned his J.D. from Cleveland Marshall Law School in 1953. Louis spent the next years establishing himself as a criminal lawyer and opened a firm, Stokes and Stokes, with his brother, Carl. He quickly became one of the top civil rights lawyers in the state and took several high profile cases to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Louis entered the political arena fortuitously in 1968, when new congressional district lines were drawn based on one of his Supreme Court victories. With the encouragement of Carl, the newly elected mayor of Cleveland, Louis ran for Congress and became the first African American from Ohio to be elected to that position. He served as a U.S. Congressman for thirty years. Among his achievements in office were chairing the Appropriations Committee, which allowed him to send millions of federal dollars back to Ohio, founding the Congressional Black Caucus, and chairing the Ethics Committee. Stokes prided himself on always serving his constituents with excellence and for advocating for those without power, especially minority groups.

IW Class with Stokes

Social work students gather with Louis Stokes after he taught their class in October, 2014.

In the 1970s, then dean M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad, PhD, worked with Stokes to set up the Washington Semester program for Mandel School students, providing a number of students with the opportunity to do their second year field placement in Washington, D.C. Stokes held an annual reception for the program and personally identified many of the field placement opportunities.

“Congressman Stokes actively supported and participated in the educational programs of the Mandel School for over 40 years,” recalls Dr. Hokenstad, a Distinguished University Professor and Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor. “He was a good friend and then colleague who contributed expertise in the classroom and informal conversation. He will be missed personally and professionally.”

Stokes retired from Congress in 1998 at the age of 73, but retirement did little to slow him down. He came home to Cleveland and he became Senior Counsel at Squire, Sanders, and Dempsey LLP, a global law firm. He also took on the role of Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Mandel School. Upon his appointment Stokes said, “It is and honor to return in this capacity to the institution where I acquired my own education. This appointment enables me to share the knowledge and expertise I have acquired over thirty years in public service with students and the community I love.”

Once on faculty, Stokes made a significant impact on the school, his fellow faculty, and students. He and former dean Arthur Naparstak designed the Louis Stokes Fellowship Program, which focuses on the education of African-American and Hispanic professionals in community development to transform urban areas and neighborhoods to improve the quality of life for residents through economic, housing, and civic development. The goal is to return Stokes Fellows to their communities with enhanced skills and to continue their growth in leadership in order to effect change. Since the initial cohort in 2001, more than 20 Stokes Fellows have graduated from the Mandel School and continue Stokes’ legacy of service and advocacy.

During his time on campus, the congressman sponsored the Louis Stokes Leadership Symposium on Social Issues and the Community, which has featured such speakers as U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, U.S. Rep. Charles B. Rangel from New York, and U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge, who now holds the seat Stokes filled for 30 years.

Students also benefitted from Stokes’ guest lectures on social policy and civil rights. His message students was powerful and clear and he had a great appreciation for the work they had chosen to dedicate themselves to. “There is nothing better than the opportunity to serve people,” he taught. “Continue to stand for and believe in justice, eliminate pediments to equal opportunity, use your education to help people, and seek justice for those who don’t have it.”

He also often told the social work students, “I want to thank you (social workers), you sure changed my life.” Stokes knew from personal experience, having grown up poor in a rough neighborhood and being visited by social workers when he was a child — one of whom was an alumna who made a lasting impression. In 2005, the Mandel School’s (then) oldest living graduate, Ella Mae Cheeks Johnson, came into Stokes’ life — again. As she wrote in her memoir, “It Is Well With My Soul: The Extraordinary Life of a 106-Year-old Woman,” Johnson had been one of two the social workers from the Aid to Dependent Children who personally visited the Stokes family when Louis and Carl were young. When the civil rights legend met the alumna again later in life, Stokes and Johnson recalled each other fondly.

“My impression of Mrs. Cheeks was that she was doing a tough job with compassion,” Stokes said. They formed a friendship in her last years. Stokes relayed to her that he found it “incredibly rewarding to interact with students committed to helping build a more just society, working to eradicate the effects of injustice and discrimination.”