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NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Constantine (Connie) Kledaras
Constantine Kledaras pioneered the development of social work programs in North Carolina. As a tenured professor at East Carolina University, he developed the Masters of Social Work Program. Kledaras developed the Bachelor of Social Work program at Campbell University, where he is Chair and a full professor in the social work department. The program received its initial accreditation in 1995. His educational leadership has been reflected in state-wide roles, including serving as a member and chair of the North Carolina Certification Board for Social Work and the Continuing Education Training and Advisory Committee for the Division of Public Health.
During the 1960’s, Kledaras developed a state-wide, after-care drug program for outpatients at the Dorothea Dix Hospital. The program enabled patients to obtain their medication locally and remain stabilized in their community. He also established a teaching unit at Dorothea Dix for young patients with mental health challenges, an innovation in the state at that time.
Kledaras has been a site visitor for CSWE's Commission on Accreditation and a member of the Commission on Accreditation. He also has served as a delegate to the American Association of State Social Work Boards and is a member of that organization’s National Examination Committee.
Kledaras is also a member of the Editorial Board’s Policy Advisory Board for the Journal of Social Work Value and Ethics.
Kledaras received his Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America’s National Catholic School of Social Service in 1971. He received his M.S.W. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1960 and his B.A. from Duke University in 1956.
He was the president of NASW’s North Carolina chapter from 1983-1985. He is also a member of ACSW.
Significant Achievements and Awards
2010: Elected Treasurer of the North Carolina Council on Social Work Education, a newly-formed membership organization composed of graduate and undergraduate social work programs in North Carolina
2009: Legacy Leadership Award from the East Carolina University of Human Ecology’s Centennial Legacy of Leadership. Kledaras received this honor for his work as a professor at East Carolina University’s School of Social Work and Criminal Justice.
2003: Dean’s Excellence in Teaching Award from Campbell University’s School of Education in North Carolina.
2001: Received the Clinical Social Worker of the year by the North Carolina Society for Clinical Social Work
1982: Received the NASW’s North Carolina Chapter Social Worker of the Year Award
Hancock, T.U., Waites, C., & Kledaras, C. (2012). Facing structural inequality: Students' orientation to oppression and practice with oppressed groups. Journal of Social Work Education, 48(1), 5-25.