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Prof. Stanley Remer Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Work

by Jessiah Hulle - University Communications | Apr 27, 2017
Prof. Stanley Remer
On March 25, 2017, University of Valley Forge (UVF) adjunct professor of social work, Stanley Remer, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Work by the Virginia Department of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). This annual honor is awarded to one individual for his or her years of excellent service and contributions to the field of social work. In Remer’s case, the Lifetime Achievement Award follows an impressive and varied career in social work that started in the 1960s and continues today in his position as an adjunct professor at UVF. 
Remer joined the adjunct faculty at the Woodbridge, Virginia campus but also  travels to Phoenixville to teach classes. “I wanted to have more contact with students, so I started coming up here to meet with them one-on-one,” said Remer. He particularly enjoys UVF’s emphasis on the integration of faith and social work; an idea he supports as a member of the National Association of Christians in Social Work (NACSW). 

​Remer's academic background marks the beginning of his achievements. He received his undergraduate degree in social work from Evangel University and his Master’s degree from the University of Missouri, in addition to a supplementary degree in healthcare planning and administration from the University of Cincinnati. After completing his academic degrees, Remer fulfilled a military obligation as a social work officer for the United States Army Reserve. He began as an Army captain and was eventually promoted to the position of commander of all Army Reserve hospitals of a Midwestern district that included Iowa, Kansas, and Southern Missouri. By the time Remer retired from the Army Reserve he was a full colonel. 
Remer then started as a social work practitioner. His varied roles included acting as an individual counselor in a medical ward, a geriatrics manager for the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), and various department administration positions. According to Remer, the variation was due in large part to his career in the VA system --- currently the largest system employing social workers in the U.S. The VA often moved him from state to state and position to position over his 30 years as an employee.
For more than 20 years of his time at the VA, Remer also acted as a practicum advisor and field instructor for social work students. Upon retiring from the Army Reserve and before joining the VA, Remer taught undergraduate social work for three years. He jokes that he started out as an educator, then left education to be a practitioner, and is now back as an educator at UVF. “I consider social work a calling,” Remer states. “I would like to see more individuals who have a Pentecostal experience move into this field.” He says he is thankful for the opportunity to share his own experience and knowledge about the field of social work with the next generation of UVF students who feel a similar calling.