Feb 29, 2024  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Social Work

Karen M. Sowers, Dean
Sherry Cummings, Associate Dean, Nashville
Cynthia Rocha, Associate Dean, Knoxville
Paul M. Campbell, Director, Office of Social Work Research and Public Service
Charles Glisson, Director, Children’s Mental Health Services Research Center


Combs-Orme, T., PhD - Washington (St. Louis)
Cummings, S., PhD - Georgia
Davis, C., PhD - California (Los Angeles)
Dupper, D., PhD - Florida State
Glisson, C., PhD - Washington (St. Louis)
Nugent, W., PhD - Florida State
Orme, J., PhD - Washington (St. Louis)
Patterson, D., PhD - Utah
Rocha, C., PhD - Washington (St. Louis)
Sowers, K., PhD - Florida State
Wodarski, J., PhD - Washington (St. Louis)

Associate Professors
Bolen, R., PhD - Texas (Arlington)
Bowie, S., PhD - Pennsylvania
Ellis, R., PhD - Florida International
Hall, J., PhD - Massachusetts
MacMaster, S., PhD - Ohio
Rogge, M., PhD - Washington (St. Louis)
Staudt, M., PhD - Washington (St. Louis)
Theriot, M., PhD - California (Berkeley)

Assistant Professors
Choi, S. PhD - Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)
Cooper, L., PhD - Louisville
Forrest-Bank, S., PhD - Denver
Held, M., PhD - Texas (Austin)
Lee, S., PhD - Pennsylvania
Mason, L., PhD - Washington (St. Louis)
McClure-Cassie, K., PhD - Tennessee
Strand, E., PhD - Tennessee

Research Faculty
Campbell, P., DSW - Alabama
Green, P., PhD - Tennessee
Hemmelgarn, A., PhD - Tennessee

Field Coordinators
Crane Mallory, K., MSSW - Tennessee
Denton, K., MSW - Virginia
Jackson, R., MSSW - Tennessee
Keiser, S., MSSW - Tennessee

Online MSSW Program Director
Chaffin, K., MSSW - Tennessee

Director of International Initiatives
Lodato, G., MSW - Pennsylvania


Social Work   MSSW
    Evidence-based Interpersonal Practice concentration    
  Management, Leadership and Community Practice concentration    
Social Work   DSW
Social Work   PhD
Graduate Certificate Programs    
  Trauma Treatment    
  Veterinary Social Work    

NOTE: Graduate students majoring in fields other than social work are admitted to certain social work courses with the approval of the College of Social Work and the student’s major professor.

The College of Social Work began as the Nashville School of Social Work, founded in 1942 under the auspices of Vanderbilt University, Scarritt College, and George Peabody College. It joined the University of Tennessee in 1951. By 1974 the three branches, located in Nashville, Memphis and Knoxville, offered the two-year master’s program. The doctoral program was inaugurated in 1983. In 1985 the Bachelor of Science in Social Work program was added, and the School achieved college status. In 2012, the college began offering the Doctor of Social Work degree, with an emphasis in Clinical Practice and Leadership.

The University of Tennessee College of Social Work offers the full continuum of social work education degrees at the baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral levels.

Social work is a helping profession that focuses on providing skilled intervention in the prevention and amelioration of individual and societal problems. It is the purpose of the college to provide an education that fosters growth in both individual and career development.

Graduate Programs

The two-year program (thesis or non-thesis option) leading to the Master of Science in Social Work is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education and is offered on the Knoxville and Nashville campuses and through the Online MSSW program. The foundation curriculum of the PhD program is available only in Knoxville. The interdisciplinary graduate certificate in gerontology at the University of Tennessee, prepares graduate students to work with and on behalf of the rapidly growing older population. The gerontology certificate gives students the opportunity to combine interdisciplinary courses concerning critical aging issues with direct aging-related experiences. Courses may be used to count toward both the MSSW and the gerontology certificate if they fulfill requirements of both programs. With proper planning, one can complete both programs of study in a two-year (full-time) period. The completion of the certificate is formally noted on the student’s transcript and indicates to prospective employers that, in addition to training within a particular discipline and degree program, formal interdisciplinary training in gerontology has been obtained. The Tennessee State School Social Work Licensure Program at the University of Tennessee College of Social Work is available to currently enrolled bachelor’s level and master’s level students as well as persons who already hold a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in social work from an accredited social work program. Information and application materials are available from the College of Social Work, Henson Hall, Knoxville, Tennessee 37996-3333.

Financial Aid

Students may apply directly to the university’s Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for assistance such as the National Direct Student Loan or the Work-Study Program.

Information regarding scholarships administered by the college is made available after admission. Financial aid is available to qualified students in the form of fellowships, scholarships, and teaching and research assistantships. Graduate assistantships and other forms of assistance are awarded on the basis of merit and interest to applicants who are accepted into the PhD program.

Intercollegiate/Interdisciplinary Gerontology Minor

Graduate students in the College of Social Work, at the Knoxville location, may pursue an intercollegiate/interdisciplinary minor in gerontology. The gerontology minor gives the student an opportunity for combining the knowledge about aging in American society with his/her major concentration.

Core courses and a practicum are offered by the College of Social Work and selected departments within the Colleges of Education, Health, and Human Sciences and Arts and Sciences. A cross-listed seminar between contributing programs is designed to integrate experiences from different sources and to demonstrate the multi-faceted nature of working within an aging society. Please refer to the College of Nursing  for specific requirements.