Social Work

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  • The SUNO School of Social Work administers two programs: (1) a four year baccalaureate program (BSW) which provides social work education in preparation for beginning generalist professional practice; and (2) a two-year graduate course of study (MSW), which provides social work education in preparation for advanced specialized professional practice.

    The undergraduate social work program comprises two phases: Pre- Social Work phase and Professional Social Work phase. Pre-Social Work students are students who are admitted to the University and declare social work as their major. The Professional phase begins in the junior year and combines academic course work and a field practicum.
  • Gladys Barrett-Merrick, LMSW

    Edgar Blanchard, LMSW

    Rebecca A. Chaisson, Ph.D., LCSW

    Derrick Freeman, Ph.D., ACSW

    Patricia Guillory, Ph.D., LCSW-BACS

    Claude Montegut Jr., LMSW

    Jill E. Murray, PhD, LCSW-BACS

    Ira Arthell Neighbors, Ph.D., LCSW

    Sam Odom, Ph.D., MSW

    Ben Robertson, Ph.D., LMSW

    Harry A. Russell, PhD, LMSW

    Torin Sanders, Ph.D., LCSW-BACS

    Patrice Sentino, DSW, LCSW-BACS

    Tina Smith, MSW

    Sybil Schroeder, Ph.D., LMSW

    Gail Peterson Wise, DSW, LCSW

    Susan Edgerson, MSW

    Linda Brooks

    Darlene Tyler

    Camille A. Alexander, MSW

  • Teaching:
    To use learning approaches and prepare students to integrate the values of ethics, knowledge, and skill base of the social work profession with respect for all people aimed toward social change and promotion of social justice.

    Teaching is also designed to anchor social work knowledge in our program’s themes of advocacy, empowerment and transformation.

    To provide leadership to the university, the community and the profession.
    To serve the local, national and international areas by preparing students to fill the dynamic social welfare resource needs for generalist and advanced practitioners.
    To foster the commitment of students and faculty to active involvement in improving the quality of life in the community in which they live.

    To effectively assist the process of professional development among faculty and students.
    To contribute to the knowledge base of the strengths of diverse client populations.

    Upon completion of the program students will be able to :
    1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly
    2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice
    3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments
    4. Engage diversity and difference in practice
    5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice
    6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research
    7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment
    8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services
    9. Respond to contexts that shape practice
    10. Engage, assess, intervene, and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities


Timolynn Sams ('98) was selected by the Utne Reader as one of their 2008 "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World."