Springer, David W. | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ph.D., Florida State University
  • MSW, Florida State University
  • B.A., Florida State University
Research Areas
  • Nonprofit and Community Leadership
  • Criminal and Juvenile Justice
  • Mental Health
Teaching Areas
  • Finance, Management and Leadership (including Nonprofits)
  • Development Policy

David W. Springer, Ph.D., is the director of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service and a university distinguished teaching professor. After receiving his Ph.D. in social work from Florida State University, he joined the faculty at UT Austin in 1997. Springer began his career as a clinical social worker with adolescents and their families. Bridging direct practice and public policy, his research and teaching coalesce around effective leadership, nonprofits and systems to strengthen communities. He leads the RGK Center team in preparing the next generation of nonprofit and philanthropic leaders. He serves on several national and local nonprofit boards and provides executive leadership training and mentoring for nonprofit professionals.

Springer has been recognized for his leadership in the field and impact on society: Nonprofit Times Power & Influence Top 50, a national list of the top working executives in the nonprofit sector; fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research; among the 100 most influential social work journal authors by the British Journal of Social Work; and distinguished alumni in social policy and administration by the Florida State University College of Social Work.


FeatureDecember 8, 2020
Cultivating Community Resilience Through Nonprofit Connections
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NewsDecember 8, 2020
LBJ School policy leaders craft solutions for a resilient future

Twenty-nine LBJ School authors have come together to craft interdisciplinary and resilience-based policy solutions, published in one toolkit called Resiliency in the Age of COVID-19. This toolkit comes as researchers from across The University of Texas at Austin continue to offer first-of-its-kind groundbreaking research and discovery in the fight against COVID and its long-lasting impacts on public health, business and the future of governance.

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Media MentionOctober 15, 2020
Remote learning zooms into focus for education and career advancement

Amid COVID, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas was able to increase class size by 5 percent, keeping "summer melt" stable at about 9 percent, according to David Springer, director of the RGK Center for Philantropy and Community Service.

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