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NASW Social Work Pioneers®
Miriam G. Dinerman (1925 – 2010)
Miriam G. Dinerman helped to craft Rutgers University School of Social Work's educational direction in social policy, social welfare, health care and social work methods, spending more than 30 years at the school. She wrote, taught and presented around the country and in England, where she spent a funded sabbatical studying social work curricula. She also maintained an international presence on N.G.O.’s and the International Federation of Social Workers.
Dinerman was a founding member, editor-in-chief, and board member of AFFLIA: Journal of Women and Social Work. In addition to her many scholarly activities, Dinerman was a committed advocate of universal health care and worked to that end for New York state residents with the organization Rekindling Reform, a coalition group.
Dinerman began her career with the Jewish Association for Neighborhood Centers, moving from Youth Director to Program Director over the course of 11 years. Her programs targeted low-income Jewish youth, including an outreach effort to New York gangs, and were operated jointly with the New York City Housing authority and the YWCA.
While at Rutgers, Dinerman helped develop the health concentration, directed the doctoral program, served as Associate Dean, and as acting Dean. Dinerman understood early in her career the interdisciplinary nature of the different health and social work professions and worked to educate students in all disciplines about the value of the others. During her second sabbatical at the University of Southern California, she researched social work in hospitals.
Following her retirement from Rutgers University, she assumed an adjunct professor role at the Adelphi University Wurzweiler School of Social Work, shepherding doctoral candidates through their dissertations. She also dedicated time to serving the NASW New York’s chapter as a secretary, board member, and member of P.A.C.E, the profession's political action arm. She served at Yeshiva University as Professor Emerita until 2008.
Dinerman earned DSW from Columbia University in 1972. She earned her MSW from Columbia University in 1949 and her BA from Swarthmore College in 1945.
Significant Achievements and Awards
1966 and 1967: NIMH Doctoral Award
Who’s Who in American Women
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Dinerman, M.G. & Geismer, L.L. (Eds.) (1984). Quarter Century of Social Work Education. Silver Spring, MD: NASW Press.
Dinerman, M.G. (Ed.) (1983). Social Work in a Turbulent World. Silver Spring, MD: NASW Press.
Dinerman, M.G., Schlesinger, E.G. & Wood, K.M. (1980). Social work roles in health care: An educational framework. Health & Social Work, 5(4), 13-20.