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Emilia Martinez-Brawley

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John F. Roatch Distinguished Professor
Faculty, DTPHX Campus, Mailcode 3920

Emilia E. Martinez-Brawley is the John F. Roatch Distinguished Professor at Arizona State University. She is the former dean of the School of Social Work, having served in that capacity from 1992 to 1998. She was professor of social welfare in the Sociology Department at Penn State University from 1978 to 1992 and prior to that, was assistant professor at La Salle College and Temple University in Philadelphia.

Martinez-Brawley is the author of six books: "Close to Home: Human Services and the Small Community" (NASW Press, 2000), "Pioneer Efforts in Rural Social Welfare" (Penn State Press, 1980), "Seven Decades of Rural Social Work "(Praeger, 1981), "Rural Social and Community Work in the U.S. and Britain" (Praeger, 1982), "Perspectives on the Small Community" (NASW Press, 1990) and "Transferring Technology in the Personal Social Services" (ed., NASW Press, 1993). Martinez-Brawley is also author of more than 90 articles in the areas of rural communities and rural services, research paradigms, social work education, innovative models of service delivery in public organizations and diversity issues in service delivery. Most recently, she has written about immigration issues in the Southwest from a global comparative perspective. Her research and writings are internationally known. Her work has appeared in Social Work, the Journal of Education for Social Work, the Peabody Journal of Education, Social Casework, Arête, Community Development Journal, The British Journal of Social Work, The European Journal of Social Work, Human Services in the Rural Environment, Sociology and Social Welfare, The Journal of Multi-Cultural Social Work, The Australian Journal of Social Work, International Social Work, NASW News, Portularia, a Spanish journal, CentrA, a publication of the Fundación de Estudios Andaluces, Saviaa Mexican Journal,and others.

Martinez-Brawley carried out research on rural services and lectured in Canada, Latin America, Great Britain, the Republic of Ireland, Australia, Spain and Norway. She has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Ballarat, Victoria, Australia, at the University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; a visiting fellow at the School of Economic and Social Studies of the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England; a guest faculty member at the University of Western Australia in Perth; a consultant on rural and evaluative issues for the European Centre for Social Welfare Research, an arm of the U.N. in France and Spain; a guest faculty members at the "Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas" in Madrid, Spain, and a consultant on rural development for projects in Murcia, Navarra and Catalonia, Spain, and Western Australia. She has also lectured in universities in Seville, Huelva, Granada, Zaragoza and Valladolid and was involved in the development of an immigration and social services doctorate in Huelva. Most recently, she was an invited Senior Fulbright Fellow at the University of Keele in England. Martinez-Brawley has also had Fulbright awards to Australia, Israel, Spain and the U.K and served on the Discipline Advisory Committee for Fulbright Scholar Awards for the Council for International Exchange of Scholars (CIES). She has been a member of the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and has served on many accreditation visits for the Middle States Association of Colleges and Universities. She is a former vice president of the National Board of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She completed a web-based curriculum project on Intercultural Harmony sponsored by the Musser Fund and is currently consulting on program development in social work at Clark/Atlanta University in Georgia.

  • Ed.D. Curriculum Theory, Temple University, Philadelphia
  • M.S.S. Bryn Mawr College 
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  • . . Review of: A Chicana Voice in Public Policy (2003).
  • Martinez-Brawley, Emilia. Close to Home: Social Services and the Small Community. (2000).
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Research Activity: 
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 585Macro Social Work Practice
Fall 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 531Social Policy and Services
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 585Macro Social Work Practice
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 531Social Policy and Services
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 585Macro Social Work Practice
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 531Social Policy and Services
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 585Macro Social Work Practice
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 531Social Policy and Services
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 585Macro Social Work Practice
SWG 681Social Work Administration
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
SWG 531Social Policy and Services
SWG 533Diversity/Oppression/Soc Work
  • Martinez-Brawley, Emilia. Applying Community Assessment, Power Analysis and Network Development in Academic Settings. National Association of Social Workers Annual Meeting
  • Martinez-Brawley, Emilia. Close to Home: Building Caring Communities. Arizona Minority Child and Family Network Diversity 2000 Conference
  • Martinez-Brawley, Emilia. Common Ties/Cultural Themes Among Latino Groups.
  • Martinez-Brawley, Emilia. Developing Social Work Research for the Next Millennium: Diversity as a Component.
  • Martinez-Brawley, Emilia. Rural Communities and Identities in the Global Millennium. Rural Social Development: Practice and Research
  • Martinez-Brawley, Emilia. AEmployment Based Immigration : The Challenges of Temporary/Essential Workers in the U.S. Junta de Andalucia, Social Sciences and Immigration Research Group, Scientific Meeting
  • Martinez-Brawley, Emilia. Latino Issues in Employment.
  • Martinez-Brawley, Emilia. Latinos and Ethnic Identity.
  • Martinez-Brawley, Emilia. Reaching for the Stars: Latino Culture and Latino Identity. Noon Time Community Lecture Series
  • Martinez-Brawley, Emilia, Zorita, Paz. Latino Communities in the Southwest: Elements That Tie Them Them and Separate Them.
  • Martinez-Brawley, Emilia. Developing a Change Conscious Agenda for Health Care Service Delivery in Rural Areas. International Rural Health Conference
  • Martinez-Brawley, Emilia. Intercultural Understanding for Latino Professionals.
  • Martinez-Brawley, Emilia.
  • Martinez-Brawley, Emilia. The Arkleton Trust International Seminar on Rural Development
  • Martinez-Brawley, Emilia. Community and Human Rights Issues.
  • Martinez-Brawley, Emilia. Putting Glamour Back into Practice Thinking: Implications for Social and Community Development Work. Rural Development Annual Meeting
Honors / Awards: 
  • Hispanic Leadership Fellows Award, American Council on Education, the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 1984
  • Ida Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor Award, University of Iowa
  • Ruth Hoeflin Family Forum Scholar, Kansas State University on Families, 1990
  • Black Family and Children Services in Arizona, 1998
  • Cesar Chavez Award for Community Service, Chicano Faculty and Staff Association at Arizona State University, 1998
  • National Association of Social Workers Branch II award for Excellence, 2000 
  • Executive in Residence in the City of Phoenix, 1999-2000 
  • Ernest Lynton Research Award from the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities, 2002 
  • Fulbright Scholar Awards, Australia, Israel, Spain and the U.K 
  • John F. Roatch Distinguished Professor, Arizona State University 
  • Executive Committee of the International Association for Rural Research and Community Development, Member (2001 - Present)
  • Clark-Atlanta University, Consultant (2005 - 2006)
  • Selection Committee for Regents’ Professors, Member (2005)
  • Member, Planning Committee (2003)
  • Center for Latin American Studies, Co-Chair (2002)
  • Inter-American University of Puerto Rico, Chair, Middle States Commission on Accreditation (2002)
  • Arizona State University Intersession Study Abroad at Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, Organized and taught (2000)
  • Villanova University, Member, Middle States Commission on Accreditation (2000)