A longtime University of Kansas professor recognized for his work on public administration and social equity will receive a national award this weekend.
Each year, the Section on Democracy and Social Justice (SDSJ) honors individuals who have made contributions to achieving and promoting social equity in the public and nonprofit sectors. This year, the section will present H. George Frederickson, a distinguished professor emeritus in the KU School of Public Affairs and Administration, with the Social Equity Award during the Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Luncheon on Sunday, March 8. The event will take place during the national conference of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago.
Frederickson is the 13th recipient of the Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award. Candidates for the award are evaluated on the impact of their efforts on social equity, the consistency and level of effort on behalf of social equity and the duration of the effort on behalf of social equity.
“There are many public administration subjects that have interested me over the years, but there is just one that I am passionate about. That is social equity," Frederickson said. "There is not a more important subject in our field. To receive the 2015 Gloria Hobson Nordin Social Equity Award from the American Society for Public Administration is an honor far beyond my contributions to the study and practice of social equity.”
Frederickson is renowned for his research and scholarship on social equity and his contributions to integral knowledge of its role and significance in public administration. He is the author of numerous books, articles and chapters, including "Social Equity and Public Administration: Origins, Development and Applications." An expert in public sector ethics, Frederickson served nine years as an ethics administrator for the Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas.
Gloria Hobson Nordin, for whom the award is named, worked almost her entire 33-year federal career in Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. During her public career, she fought for fairness and equity in housing and employment. Her work did not garner headlines or awards, yet she was the epitome of heroic public service. She worked diligently and consistently for what she believed was right and required under law and regulation. The award was created to honor her and others like her who labor in the cause of social equity without fanfare or glory and in doing so make society better for all persons.
Frederickson is the Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Public Administration for the School of Public Affairs and Administration and has been at KU for 27 years. Prior to coming to KU, Frederickson served for 10 years as President of Eastern Washington University.