• Ph.D., Florida State University
  • MSW, Florida State University
  • B.A., Florida State University
Research Areas
  • Nonprofit and Community Leadership
  • Criminal and Juvenile Justice
  • Positive Youth Development
Teaching Areas
  • Finance, Management and Leadership (including non-profits)
  • Development Policy

David W. Springer is the Director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, 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 the faculty at 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.


NewsJanuary 19, 2017
INNOVATION BOUND: The Annual Celebration of LBJ School Policy Research

In an annual celebration, the LBJ School community will convene on February 8, 2017, to celebrate the published works of our distinguished faculty and impassioned students.

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Media MentionJanuary 16, 2017
Researchers recommend Rundberg funding, improvements

Some University of Texas at Austin researchers are recommending the city take steps to continue investing in the Rundberg area after federal grant funding for the "Restore Rundberg" project ran out. LBJ Professor and RGK Center Director David Springer served as the principal investigator of Restore Rundberg, a three-year, $1 million grant from the Department of Justice to improve the quality of life, health, safety, education and well-being of individuals living and working in the Rundberg neighborhood. 

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Media MentionNovember 18, 2016
Austin Police Department seeks to change perception of police

The RGK Center's Restore Rundberg Initiative is cited in Austin Police Department's efforts to improve community relations.

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