Your browser is unsupported

We recommend using the latest version of IE11, Edge, Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

Photo of Butterfield, Alice K.

Alice K. Butterfield, PhD



Building & Room:

ETMSW 4508


1040 West Harrison Street, Chicago, Illinois 60607

Office Phone:




Professional Interests

Social Work Education in Ethiopia Partnership (Project SWEEP):
International social work education
Asset based community development
Higher education partnerships
Family policy

Teaching Experience

SocW 420 Policy I:  Social Welfare Policy and Services
SocW 431 Practice I: Generalist Practice with Groups, Organizations, and Communities
SocW 520 Practice IV: Organization and Community Practice
SocW 531 Policy II: Organization and Community Practice
SocW 591 Social Welfare Policy Analysis & Development

Selected Publications


Kebede, W., & Butterfield, A. (Eds.). (2021). Incorporating engaged research in social development: Exemplars and guidelines for social work and human services. Bloomington, IN: IUniverse Press.

Nazary, V., Sharma, R., Swargiary, B., & Butterfield, A.K.  (2019). Ashadeep—A holistic intervention with homeless mentally ill persons in Northeast India: Considering disability policy and creating a path for social work education.  In R. Baikady, H. Sakaguchi, C. Shengli, & R.M. Channaveer (Eds.), Social Welfare Policies and Programmes in South Asia.  New Delhi: Routledge.

Simeon, A., Butterfield, A.K., & Moxley, D.P. (2019).  Locality-based social development: A theoretical perspective for social work. In M. Payne & Hall, E.R. (Eds.), Routledge Handbook of Social Work Theory.  NY: Routledge.

Butterfield, A.K., & Cohen, C.S. (2017). Practicing as a social work educator in international collaboration. In A.K. Butterfield & C.S. Cohen (Eds.), Practicing as a Social Work Educator in International Collaboration (pp. 1-10).Alexandria, VA: CSWE Press.

Butterfield, A.K., & Tasse, A. (Eds.). (2013). Social Development and Social Work:  Learning from Africa. Abingdon, UK:  Routledge.

Butterfield, A.K., Rocha, C., & Butterfield, W.H. (2010). The Dynamics of Family Policy: Analysis and Advocacy.  Chicago, IL:  Lyceum Books. ISBN: 978-1-933-47813-5

Johnson Butterfield, A.K., & Korazim-Korosy, Y. (Eds.). (2007). Interdisciplinary Community Development: International Perspectives.  Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press, Inc.

Soska, T.M., & Johnson Butterfield, A.K. (Eds.). (2005). University-Community Partnerships: Colleges and Universities in Civic Engagement. Binghamton, NY: The Haworth Press, Inc.


Butterfield, A.K., Yeneabat, M., & Moxley, D. (2016). ‘Now I know my ABCDs’: Asset Based Community Development with Ethiopian primary school children. Children & Schools, 38(4), 199-207. doi: 10.1093/cs/cdw031

Butterfield, A.K., Tafesse, M., & Moxley, D. (2016). International Higher Education Partnerships: Concept mapping of the processes and outcomes of USAID funded projects in Ethiopia. Social Development Issues, 38(2), 47-67.

Scherrer, J. L., Olcoń, K., Butterfield, A. K., & Kebede, W. (2015). Bringing experiential educational groups to the United States: an analysis of group development in an international travel and study program. Social Work Education: The International Journal, 34(8), 1-13. DOI:10.1080/02615479.2015.1103725

Butterfield, A.K., Scherrer, J., & Olcon, K. (2015). Addressing poverty and child welfare: The Integrated Community Development and Child Welfare Model of Practice. International Social Work. DOI: 10.1177/0020872815594861

Yeneabat, M., & Butterfield, A.K. (2012). ‘We Can’t Eat a Road’: Asset Based Community Development and The Gedam Sefer Community Partnership in Ethiopia. Journal of Community Practice, 20(1/2), 134-153.

Abye, T., & Butterfield, A.K. (2012). Can Africa learn from Africa? Can the world learn from Africa? Journal of Community Practice, 20(1-2), 3-11.

Butterfield, A.K., & Abye, T. (2012). Learning from Africa: Publication and research.Journal of Community Practice, 20(1/2), 211-217.

Butterfield, A.K., Kebede, W., & Gessesse, A. (2009). Research as a catalyst for asset-based community development: Assessing the skills of poor women in Ethiopia.Social Development Issues, 31(2), 1-14.

Kebede, W., & Butterfield, A.K. (2009). Social networks among poor women in Ethiopia. International Social Work Journal, 52(3), 357-374.

Johnson Butterfield, A.K. (2007). The internationalization of doctoral social work education: Learning from a partnership in Ethiopia. Advances in Social Work, 8(2), 1-15.

Johnson, A.K. (2004). Increasing the internationalization in social work programs: Healy’s continuum as a strategic planning guide. International Social Work Journal, 47(2), 7-23.

Johnson, A.K. (2004). The past, present, and future of international social work.Journal of Community Practice, 12(1/2), 145-153.

Johnson, A.K. (2004). Social work is standing on the legacy of Jane Addams, but are we sitting on the sidelines? Social Work, 49(2), 319-322.

Johnson, A.K. (2000). The Community Practice Pilot Project: Integrating methods, field, community assessment, and experiential learning. Journal of Community Practice, 8(4), 5-25.

Johnson, A.K. (1999). Globalization from below: The use of the Internet to internationalize social work education. Journal of Social Work Education, 35(3), 377-393.

Johnson, A.K. (1999). Working and non-working women: Becoming homeless in the context of their lives. AFFILIA: Journal of Women & Social Work, 14(1), 42-77.

Johnson, A.K. (1998). The revitalization of community practice: Characteristics, competencies, and curricula for community-based services. Journal of Community Practice, 5(3), 37-62.

Editorial Reviews

Book Review Editor, Journal of Community Practice, 2012-2014.
Editor, Journal of Community Practice,  2002-2007; 2008-2012.
Co-Editor, Journal of Community Practice, 2000-2002.
Editorial Board, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare
Consulting Editor/Reviewer, Journal of Social Work Education,
Families in Society
Social Development Issues


BSW, Dakota Wesleyan University
MSW, Washington University in St. Louis
PhD, Washington University in St. Louis

Professional Memberships

Association of Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA)
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
Influence State Policy (ISP)
International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW)
International Consortium for Social Development (ICSD)
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Social Welfare Action Alliance
Phi Kappa Phi

Research Currently in Progress

Asset based community development
Locality-based social development
Urban displaced populations
Family policy