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GADE 2018 Annual Conference

April 11 @ 12:00 pm - April 13 @ 12:30 pm


Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work

Conference Theme: The Future of Knowledge Production & Mobilization in the Era of Global Justice

April 11-13, 2018

Hosted by University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel

This event would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors.

About GADE

The Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education (GADE) in Social Work is an organization made up of over 80 social work doctoral program directors worldwide who represent their member Universities. Founded in the late 1970s, GADE’s primary purpose is to promote rigor in doctoral education in social work, focusing on preparing scholars, researchers, and educators who function as stewards of the discipline.

Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work

The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work was founded in 1914 when a group of far-seeing women recognized the need for professional social workers. For over a hundred years, the Faculty has been committed to educating competent and effective social work professionals. Driven by its innovative curriculum, collaborative research with local and international communities, and focus on integrating research and practice, the Faculty is uniquely positioned to respond to the challenges of tomorrow with vision and imagination, leading social work education, practice, and research in dynamic new directions.


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Breakout Sessions Selection (and a Quick Survey for New Directors)

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Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorships are needed for some of the conference events, and, as in the past, we rely on members and supporters to help defray costs that the registration fee does not cover. Each sponsor will have their affiliation name and logo displayed in the conference program, on signage at the event, and on this web page; in addition, their support will be recognized at GADE events and announcements at SSWR and APM, and in a written acknowledgement in the Chair’s annual Letter to Deans and Directors.

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Visa Requirements Related to Traveling to Canada

Citizens of the United States can travel with a valid US passport only when traveling to Canada. Citizens of other countries will require either a visa or an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to travel to Canada. Please visit the website of the Government of Canada for more information.

If a visa is required, please contact the Canadian Embassy or Consulate serving your country or area. You can visit the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada website to find the locations of a visa application centre. Please note that processing times vary by country. If you require a visa, we recommend that you apply as soon as possible.


Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel
90 Bloor St E
Toronto, ON M4W 1A7
(416) 961-8000

Here is the reservation link you can use to make online reservations:

To enjoy the group rate, please book your hotel stay by March 13, 2018.


Please see the transportation information link to the conference hotel: Transportation Information.

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Registration Open
GADE Advisory Board Meeting
Orientation for New Directors: Laina Bay-Cheng and Steve McMurty
GADE Board Meeting
Welcome Dinner and Opening Session

Thursday, April 12, 2018

8:00- 4:00pm
Registration Open
8:00- 9:00am
9:00- 10:30am

Keynote Speech: 
Ron Levi, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, 
on the topic of knowledge production/mobilization in the era of global justice
Coffee Break

Panel Discussion: 
Nancy Hooyman, University of Washington School of Social Work
Mo-Yee Lee, The Ohio State University College of Social Work
Larry Ortiz, Loma Linda University School of Behavioral Health
Lunch and Business Meeting

Breakout Groups
 1. Critical and Social Justice Dialogue about the Grand Challenges
 2. Addressing Bullying or Abuse of Power in Faculty-Student Relationships
 3. DSW Burning Issues
 4. Research Methods and Competencies
 5. Admissions and Recruitment
Refreshment Break

Breakout Groups
 1. Research Methods and Competencies
 2. Enabling Innovative Field Research
 3. Working with Mental Health and Other Challenges in Students
 4. Career Development and Doctoral Education
 5. DSW Quality Guidelines

Dean's Reception
Gallery Grill at Hart House, University of Toronto

Friday, April 13, 2018


Gautam Yadama, Boston College School of Social Work,
"Addressing Grand Challenges for Social Work: Imperatives for Transdisciplinary Doctoral Education"

Charlotte Bright, University of Maryland School of Social Work
Michael S. Hurlburt, University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work
Carmen Logie, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
Coffee Break
Questions and Answers with Dean Yadama and Panelists
Close and Evaluations: Lunch to Go


Friday Afternoon Optional Activity:

Self-Guided Tour