GADE 2020 Conference

Chicago's Bean sculpture on a sunny summer day

The University of Chicago has been closely monitoring the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19), and we are following guidance from public health officials related to social distancing and public events. 

Out of respect for the safety and well-being of our entire UChicago community, we have decided to postpone the GADE 2020 Conference scheduled for April 1-3, 2020. 

GADE 2020 Conference

April 1-3, 2020

hosted by

The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. 

This is a professional conference and is invitation only.

Hotel information.





GADE relies on our members and supporters to help defray the conference costs that registration fees do not cover. If you are interested in becoming a conference sponsor, please contact Carmella Snook, SSA's Conference Manager at or 773.702.9700.

The 2020 GADE Conference host hotel is the LondonHouse Chicago. A preliminary schedule, registration link, and information on accommodations will be posted in early autumn.


About GADE: Group for the Advancement of Doctoral Education in Social Work

GADE is an organization made up of over 80 social work doctoral program directors worldwide who represent their member Universities. Founded in the late 1970s, GADE primary purpose is to promote excellence in doctoral education in social work, especially through networking, information sharing, and advocacy.

Our members focus on sharing experiences to support innovation and excellence in teaching and learning and the advancement of the quality of doctoral research. We support the success and professional development of doctoral students in all their diversity and promote recognition of their achievements and contributions. We are committed to identifying and sharing potential funding sources or other resources that support doctoral education while providing guidance and support to new and developing doctoral programs here and abroad.

Importantly, GADE disseminates “Guidelines for Quality in PhD Programs” and represents and promote the interests and concerns of social work/social welfare doctoral programs in the larger profession.