Book Committee

Authorization and Accountability

The NASW Board of Directors approved the formation of the Book Committee in June 1996. The Book Committee reports to the Board of Directors.


The book program of the NASW Press was established to advance social work knowledge and to support the program of the association. The Book Committee promotes the acquisition of high-quality manuscripts and develops and recommends policies related to content in order to maintain and expand the program as a competitive press.

Time Frame

The Book Committee activities are ongoing.

Members, Terms and Criteria

The Book Committee is composed of eight members: the Chair and seven other members, serving three-year terms. Members of the Book Committee must have extensive publishing experience, as well as experience in peer review. The Book Committee members hold a telephone conference call once each year. 

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Read and rate book proposals and manuscripts.
  2. Analyze trends and needs within the profession and seek out manuscripts to meet these needs.
  3. Encourage authors who produce high-quality work that offers utility for social work practice and social work education to submit manuscripts to the press.
  4. Work with external reviewers as necessary.
  5. Promote the book program among colleagues and students.

Questions about the Book Committee?

Contact Cheryl Bradley, NASW Publisher, at

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