Coker College professor honored with FBI Director Community Leadership Award

Coker College professor honored with FBI Director Community Leadership Award

HARTSVILLE, SC (WMBF)  Coker College Associate Professor of Social Work Shirley McClerklin-Motley has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's annual Director's Community Leadership Award (DCLA).

In addition to being an associate professor of social work, McClerklin-Motley is also an assistant coordinator for Coker College's child welfare consortium program. She has been reappointed to serve an additional five-year term as a member of the Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education, which is part of the national nonprofit Council on Social Work Education and is responsible for the development of educational resources relevant to women's issues within social work education. Earlier this year she was honored as Social Work Educator of the year by the South Carolina chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, according to Media Relations Coordinator Elizabeth Coxe Hubbard.

"I am truly humbled to know that the FBI has chosen me to receive this year's award for my efforts and leadership in the community to combat human trafficking," said McClerklin-Motley. "When we held the first statewide conference on human trafficking at Coker College in 2013, I never knew that it would contribute to this honor."

McClerklin-Motley will be honored statewide during the Columbia, S.C., FBI field office's annual holiday reception on December 16, and nationally at the FBI's Washington, D.C., headquarters on May 6, 2016.

McClerklin-Motley has been a member of the Coker faculty since 2000. She earned her master's in social work and is a candidate for a doctorate in philosophy from Capella University  where her dissertation research focuses on Domestic Sex Trafficking of Minors (DSTM).

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