M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad, Jr., PhD

Distinguished University Professor Emeritus

Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor Emeritus

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

Room 318
Case Western Reserve University
11235 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
mch2@case.edu
216-368-2323

About

M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad is a Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Case Western Reserve University. He is the Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor Emeritus at the Jack, Joseph and Morton 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

Affiliations

  • 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
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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

Terry Hokenstad in the News:


Hokenstad Gives $100,000 to International Scholarship Fund

Jul 18 2017
Terry Hokenstad

Terry HokenstadAfter establishing the Hokenstad International Scholarship Fund in 2014 with a $25,000 donation, M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad, PhD, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus, has given the fund another major boost with a $100,000 gift on July 1, 2017, upon the occasion of his retirement from teaching.

The Hokenstad International Scholarship Fund provides scholarship support for international students at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University. It awarded its first scholarship in Fall 2015. Approximately 10% of the school’s enrollment is international students.

“This gift from Dr. Hokenstad and his wife, Dorothy, is a meaningful part of the Hokenstad legacy at our school. It will benefit many students,” said Grover “Cleve” Gilmore, PhD, the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Dean in Applied Social Sciences.

This $100,000 gift is just the latest effort by a scholar dedicated to improving social welfare globally.

“I’ve had a particular interest in supporting international students for my entire career, which in large part has focused on international social work,” said Dr. Hokenstad, who is also the Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor Emeritus. “The Mandel School is one of the best-known schools of social work for international leadership. It does a lot to foster a global dimension and attract international students, who bring something unique to our programs. I am pleased that this is a scholarship just for them.”

When the fund was originally established, Case Western Reserve President Barbara R. Snyder acknowledged its significance: “This endowed fund will pay a lasting tribute to the meaningful impact Dr. Terry Hokenstad has had on our campus and provide ongoing support to the Mandel School to develop strong leaders of positive change in our world.”

Dr. Hokenstad recently retired after a 43-year academic career at the Mandel School, including serving as dean from 1974 to 1983. The author of nine books, Dr. Hokenstad has received nearly every lifetime achievement award in the field of social work, including being named a Social Work Pioneer by the National Association of Social Workers. Internationally, he is a member of the Non-Governmental Organization Committee on Ageing at the United Nations and is active in the Chinese Collaborative, which includes regular consultation at Beijing Normal University.

To make a gift to the Hokenstad International Scholarship Fund, visit msass.case.edu/give and denote “Hokenstad International Scholarship Fund” in the special instructions.


Compassion Propelled Social Work Pioneer to Peerless Career

May 9 2017
Terry Hokenstad

It’s only fitting that trinkets of owls—a universal symbol of wisdom—adorn the office of M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad, a social work pioneer whose influence on research, education and policy extends far beyond the campus of Case Western Reserve University, where he’s served his students, colleagues and field for 43 years.

The owls—many given to Hokenstad during his dozens of trips abroad lecturing and researching—will remain on campus, where he will maintain an office and continue to teach a topic he wove deeply into the Mandel School’s curriculum and mindset: international social work. This summer, Hokenstad, a Distinguished University Professor and former dean of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences (MSASS), will retire from teaching. (A celebration of his career was held on Tuesday, May 9, from 4 to 6 p.m., at the Mandel School, with nearly 150 guests, colleagues, former students, friends, and family gathered to pay tribute to Dr. Hokenstad.)

In fact, Hokenstad’s work will hardly cease after retirement. An array of his projects to pursue better lives for vulnerable people will continue.

Friends and colleagues are as quick to cite his encyclopedic knowledge as they are his contagious laugh, wry sense of humor and a congeniality recognizable no matter the country or culture.

“Terry’s spirit and heart are of someone who believes that we have responsibility to our fellow man and woman,” said David B. Miller, an associate professor at the Mandel School.

Known internationally for his many efforts to improve the welfare of older adults—a population often overlooked and underserved in many societies—Hokenstad has a drive to help them that is rooted in a profound recognition of their dignity, his friends say. It’s a passion Hokenstad traces to his father’s volunteerism and a close relationship with his grandparents.

“They taught me to see people from perspectives other than my own,” Hokenstad said. “To me, older people were not just frail or sick, but active, involved and deserving of respect.”

The streaks of curiosity and thoughtfulness that sustained his career were present from the start. As a college football player at Augustana College, he was so engaged in an intellectual discussion with a teammate the morning after a game that he missed the bus back home.

A Nebraska native, Hokenstad opted to attend Augustana, in South Dakota—his father’s alma mater—after high school, instead of the local colleges chosen by many his classmates.

While working summers for the South Dakota Department of Child Welfare, he met Dorothy, his wife of 54 years, who shared his compassion and commitment to act on it in meaningful ways.

After a brief pursuit of the Episcopal ministry in England, Hokenstad chose a life in social work—a path “secular rather than sacred,” he said, but still motivated by service to others.

A move to New York City in the early 1960s proved pivotal to his path: Marching in the streets during the Civil Rights Movement, he and Dorothy—who became a lawyer and social worker—began their ongoing involvement in causes of social justice.

After earning a master’s degree at Columbia University, and helping mobilize support for Medicare, the Older Americans Act, and other progressive legislation of the era, Hokenstad returned to Augustana to teach for the first time—beginning a 50-year career in social work education.

“Being in the classroom has always been my first love, a motivator, a passion,” said Hokenstad, who followed this newfound calling into academia—earning a PhD at Brandeis University and becoming the first director of a then-new social work school at Western Michigan University.

Then, in late 1973, his phone rang, and soon a job offer in Cleveland would soon follow.

A hub for many spokes

Recruited to become dean of the Mandel School in 1974, Hokenstad immediately put his fingerprint on an institution whose reputation as an elite source for social-work research and education has only since grown and solidified.

Many of his initiatives are still woven deeply into the school’s fabric—among them, his emphasis on research leading to direct action.

Believing the best teachers are those whose own scholarship was rooted in their service to others, Hokenstad pushed for close town-gown relations, with students and faculty embedded in local non-profits and agencies—still a hallmark of the Mandel School experience.

“Terry had faith in the idea that, to truly excel, a research-based university should be deeply engaged with its community,” said John Yankey, the Leonard W. Mayo Professor Emeritus of Family and Child Welfare.

“He saw no conflict between the two—scholarship and service. In fact, they were supportive of each other,” said Yankey, who joined the Mandel School faculty only months before Hokenstad.

Staying true to this conviction led Hokenstad overseas.

Perhaps the most enduring aspect of his legacy—not only at the Mandel School, but also in his field—is his dedication to the international exchange of social-work knowledge.

From helping establish social-work education in former countries of the Soviet Union, to training social workers in a rapidly aging China, to divining lessons from European social services for domestic programs in the U.S., Hokenstad imported and exported ideas that sought to find (and spread) a compassionate commonality among diverse cultures and countries.

“Social problems don’t stop at the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans,” Miller said. “Because of Dr. Hokenstad, so many people are thinking bigger and looking outside of their silos for solutions societal issues.”

As dean, Hokenstad was known for trusting in the talents of his faculty and peers and never taking credit for what others accomplished. After stepping down from the position in 1983 for leadership roles in a number of global professional organizations, he redoubled efforts to mentor students.

Among them was Mary McNamara. Overwhelmed at a career fair and desperate to make a decision about her future, McNamara had a chance conversation with Hokenstad that opened her eyes to the needs of older adults and opportunities to help them through social work.

“He changed my life,” said McNamara, now director of the Cleveland Department of Aging. “By helping me focus on the resilience and humanity of older people—who are often in the midst of journeys that often include loss and pain—I found my calling.”

What retirement?

Later this month, Hokenstad will lecture on global aging at a university in Poland. During his many international travels, he relishes the moment airport security asks him to remove his shoes, a requirement for anyone 75 and younger.

“I love telling them I don’t have to,” he said, laughing. “I’ve been lucky and healthy. But you appreciate the challenges and accomplishments of older people when you become one yourself.”

Still, Hokenstad’s upcoming schedule gives credence to skepticism over the notion he’s actually retiring.

“Never thought I’d see the day that Terry and retirement were in the same sentence,” Yankey said. “And I know better than to believe it.”

Hokenstad will continue to draft and lobby for a formal human rights convention for the elderly at the United Nations, where, since 1996, he’s been an advocate for curbing elder abuse and ensuring social safety nets as a member of its Non-Governmental Organization Committee on Aging.

Working alongside McNamara, Hokenstad will contribute to the implementation of a plan to make Cleveland an “age-friendly” city—following an adage of accessibility that “what’s good for an 8-year-old is also good for an 80-year-old,” she said.

“Through all his research and global interests,” McNamara said, “he’s thinking of a Cleveland senior.”

In fact, Hokenstad’s work ethic reminds colleagues of a young assistant professor chasing tenure.

“Having other professors see that makes a difference at our school. Terry has never laid back,” said Grover C. Gilmore, dean of the Mandel School and a professor of psychology and social work. “We all look to Terry as a model of what we should aspire to become.”

A similar feeling drove Hokenstad’s daughter, Laura, to become a humanitarian aide worker who has worked with Save The Children to combat the Ebola crisis in Africa, and is now training social workers to stay safe while serving in the Middle East.

Immersed in her parents’ example of translating belief into deeds, Laura Hokenstad—a 1996 Mandel School graduate and recent recipient of an MSASS 100 Award recognizing accomplished alumni at the school’s centennial—said it was never a question of if she would take on causes of social justice, but how.

“That sounds simplistic, but my parents want to make the world a better place,” she said. “They care about people held back by barriers of circumstance—care enough to help them.”

As retirement nears, Hokenstad insists he will play more tennis. He may write a book (it would be his 10th) about his storied career, which has been recognized with more awards and accolades than can fit onto his office walls.

“Terry is not going anywhere,” Yankey said. “It would take years to clean out his office alone. Especially all those owls.”

This article is from Case Western Reserve University’s The Daily


Retirement Celebration in Honor of Terry Hokenstad on May 9

Apr 4 2017
Terry Hokenstad

You are cordially invited to join Dean Grover “Cleve” Gilmore at a Retirement Celebration on Tuesday, May 9th, to honor M.C. “Terry” Hokenstad, PhD, upon the occasion of his retirement from teaching, to celebrate his illustrious 43-year academic career at the Mandel School, and to recognize his substantial worldwide impact.

The celebration at 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in the Mandel School Noble Commons will feature special guest speakers, a video tribute to Dr. Hokenstad, and a cocktail reception. RSVP HERE.

To make a gift in Professor Hokenstad’s honor, visit msass.case.edu/give and denote “Hokenstad International Scholarship Fund.”

Question about the event or the scholarship fund? Contact Marianne Lax at Marianne.Lax@case.edu or 216.368.1832.

ABOUT PROFESSOR TERRY HOKENSTAD

Dr. Hokenstad is a Distinguished University Professor and the Ralph S. and Dorothy P. Schmitt Professor at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University, where he served as Dean from 1974 to 1983. He is also a Professor of Global Health at the School of Medicine at Case Western Reserve.

He is on the front lines of aging issues for Clevelanders and people around the world through his work with AGE-Friendly Cleveland, the United Nations, and as a world-renowned social work scholar. Dr. Hokenstad maintains a full schedule of teaching (including courses on Aging, Social Policy, and International Social Work), research, travel, and consulting – as he strives to expand the field of social work and transform the communities we live and age in.

Dr. Hokenstad is a scholar with a deep commitment to service. He recently chaired both the Executive Committee and the Advisory Council of the AGE-Friendly Cleveland initiative, which culminated in the delivery of the AGE-Friendly Cleveland Action Plan to the World Health Organization (WHO) in December 2016. Cleveland received the designation of Age-Friendly City from the WHO in 2015, a process personally facilitated by Dr. Hokenstad.

Internationally, he is a member of the Non-Governmental Organization Committee on Ageing at the United Nations, and is active in the Chinese Collaborative, which includes regular teaching and consultation at Beijing Normal University.

The author of nine books, Dr. Hokenstad has received nearly every lifetime achievement award in the field of social work, including being named a Social Work Pioneer by the National Association of Social Workers. A member of the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame, he lives in Shaker Heights with his wife, Dorothy. They are the proud parents of three daughters (two of whom, Alene and Laura, are Mandel School alumni) and two grandchildren.