William C. Lawrence

Associate Professor Emeritus of Social Work

William Lawrence came to the School of Social Work as a lecturer and research associate in 1971 and was promoted to associate professor in 1978. He also served as a research associate at the Institute of Gerontology from 1972 to 1980. He retired in 1986 as associate professor emeritus.

Prior to his career at the university, Associate Professor Lawrence served as assistant administrator for the Human Resources Administration of New York City. He worked for the Office of Economic Opportunity in Washington, D.C., where he served as chief of the Office of Research and Program Evaluation. His administrative experience in these and other state and national agencies contributed to his expertise in the fields of social welfare administration, personnel and fiscal management, and program development.

He was instrumental in developing the curriculum on social welfare administration at the school and was one of the leading architects in this area in designing the practice methods courses, which have been widely adopted by other schools of social work. He also played a key role in working with agencies to develop the professional practicum for students in social welfare administration. Associate Professor Lawrence was active in the school's continuing education program and conducted many workshops and seminars for social work practitioners. He assisted in instituting the advanced management certificate program and developed innovative teaching materials that were of immeasurable value to its success.

Research Interests/Focus

Social welfare administration, social work education. personnel and fiscal management, and program development.


Year Degree   School
1949 MSW Columbia University
1947 AB Indiana University
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