Emma Lucas-Darby, Ph.D., a Carlow University professor of social work, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Work at its Annual Conference in Pittsburgh.
Lucas-Darby has been on the faculty at Carlow University for 17 years. She has co-founded with her husband, the Catherine Graham Servant Leadership Award at Carlow University.
This award honors her late mother-in-law, Catherine Graham, who believed in giving back to society through her efforts within the community. The award recognizes a Carlow student who exemplifies a prevailing belief that serving one’s community is a ministry in itself and who demonstrates leadership in the areas of community and ministry service.
“It’s an honor to be given such a prestigious award,” said Lucas-Darby. “It’s wonderful to receive the appreciation of your peers.”
Lucas-Darby is a past president of NASW-PA, past chairperson of NASW’s National Leadership and Identification Committee, and past secretary of the National Committee of State Presidents. She serves as a site visitor for the Council on Social Work Education. In 2006, Governor Edward G. Rendell appointed Lucas- Darby to serve as a member of the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors. She has also contributed to her profession through her research and publications, most recently a book chapter and juried journal publication this year. She is a member of the Social Workers in Aging Practice.
The NASW Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates a social worker’s life-long achievements. Each year, NASW honors the best social worker, which has shown throughout their career to have good social work values and many accomplishments. With a total of 145,000 members, NASW has the largest membership of professional social workers in the world. The purpose of NASW is to “enhance the professional growth and development of its members, to create maintain professional standards, and to advance sound social policies.”