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David W. Springer, Ph.D., LCSW

David Springer
Course Title: 
The Art of Being Human: Constructing Meaning out of Life

School of Social Work

David Springer is the Director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor and holds a joint faculty appointment in the School of Social Work and the LBJ School. He previously served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Graduate Advisor (from 2001 to 2011) in Social Work and as the Director of the Inter-American Institute for Youth Justice.

Springer began his professional career as a clinical social worker in community and school-based settings working with adolescents and their families. In recent years, his work has focused on the reform of juvenile justice systems and the delivery of effective community-based services with youth in the United States and Brazil. His work spans across direct practice, community building, nonprofit management, system reform, research, and leadership.

He has co-authored or co-edited 11 books, and has also authored or co-authored over 100 articles, book chapters, and reports. Most of his research and scholarship has coalesced around effective community-based services for youth and families.

Springer has been the professor of many undergraduate and graduate courses at UT-Austin, including the Signature Course The Art of Being Human: Constructing a Life with Meaning, where students explore how individuals create a meaningful and happy existence. He has received a number of university-wide teaching awards for recognition of excellence in teaching and advising, including the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, the Outstanding Graduate Adviser Award, the DAD’s Centennial Teaching Fellowship, and selection into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

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