Calvin L. Streeter, Ph.D.

Calvin L. Streeter, Ph.D.

Professor and Meadows Foundation Centennial Professor in the Quality of Life in the Rural Environment

Calvin Streeter, Ph.D., is the Meadows Foundation Centennial Professor in the Quality of Life in the Rural Environment.

Streeter was born in Gothenburg, Nebraska, growing-up in a small farming community. Prior to pursuing an academic career, he owned and operated a small business. In 1978 and 1979 he lived in Tokyo Japan, where he managed a student dormitory near the American School in Japan. Streeter received his MSW and PhD from The George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. His social work practice experience includes rural community development, program planning and implementation, and program evaluation.

Streeter currently serves on the editorial board of several professional journals. He has edited two books: Rural Social Work: Building and Sustaining Community Capacity, Second Edition (co-edited with T. Laine Scales and H. Stephen Cooper), and Research on Social Work and Disasters (co-edited with Susan A. Murty). He has authored or co-authored numerous articles, book chapters, and research reports.

Streeter teaches both MSSW and Ph.D. courses. He has most recently taught Strategic Partnership through Collaborative Leadership, Theories of Administration, Planning, and Program Policy, and Dynamics of Organizations and Communities. He also teaches the forum seminar in Social Entrepreneurship and Non-Profits for the university’s Bridging Disciplines Program. He was awarded the Lora Lee Pederson Teaching Excellence Award in 1993 and the university-wide Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award in1999 in recognition of distinction and excellence in teaching doctoral students.

Streeter chairs the Steve Hicks School of Social Work’s International Committee. Since 1999, he has been the faculty liaison for a field placement with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva, Switzerland, Yerevan, Armenia and Tokyo Japan. He also supervises student internships with Churches Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) in Chennai, India. In 2010, he taught a doctoral course at Addis Ababa University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Streeter is an active volunteer in the community, serving on numerous boards for non-profit organizations. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Ending Community Homelessness (ECHO) Coalition and the Program Committee for the Ride on Center for Kids (ROCK) in Georgetown, Texas. He has helped build houses for Habitat for Humanity for many years and continues to work with a project called Border Outreach Mission that does home repair for families along the US/Mexico border in Eagle Pass, Texas and Piedras Negras, Mexico.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Interests

Organization behavior and social administration, disaster preparedness and community response to crisis, school social work and dropout prevention, quality management in human services rural human services, social research and measurement.


  • Ph.D., Washington University at St. Louis
  • M.S.W., Washington University at St. Louis
  • B.S., Kearney State College



Social Work Building (SSW)


Mailing Address

The University of Texas at Austin
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd 3.130G
STOP D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358