David W. Springer, Ph.D., LCSW

David W. Springer, Ph.D., LCSW

University Distinguished Teaching Professor, Director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service

David W. Springer is the director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, a University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and a Fellow to the Sid Richardson Chair of Public Affairs in the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

After receiving his Ph.D. in social work from Florida State University, he joined UT Austin in 1997. Professor Springer began his professional career as a clinical social worker in community and school-based settings with adolescents and their families. Today, his research and teaching coalesce around effective leadership, nonprofits and systems to strengthen communities, especially at the intersection of juvenile and criminal justice. He and the RGK Center team are committed to preparing the next generation of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders. Spanning across direct practice, policy practice, community building, nonprofit management, system reform, research and leadership, Professor Springer and the RGK Center team work to find innovative solutions to some of today’s most pressing global social challenges. He is recognized as being among the 100 most influential social work journal authors by the British Journal of Social Work. He has received a number of university-wide teaching honors at UT including the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, the Outstanding Graduate Adviser Award and selection into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. In 2016, Professor Springer was selected to the Nonprofit Times Power & Influence Top 50, a national list of the top working executives in the nonprofit sector, and he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni in Social Policy and Administration by the Florida State University, College of Social Work.

Professional Interests

Juvenile Delinquency and Juvenile Justice Reform; Leadership in Human Service Systems; Community-Based Interventions with At-Risk Youth; Community-Based Research and Intervention Research; Applied Psychometric Theory and Scale Development.



Social Work Building (SSW)


Mailing Address

The University of Texas at Austin
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd
STOP D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358