Jul 15, 2024  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Social Work

Karen M. Sowers, Dean
Sherry Cummings, Associate Dean
Robert Mindrup, InterimDirector, BSSW Program
Kate Chaffin, Director, MSSW Program (Nashville Campus and Online Program)
Ragan Schriver, Interim Director, MSSW Program (Knoxville Campus)
David Patterson, Director, DSW Program
William Nugent, Interim Director, PhD Program
Rebecca Jackson, Director of Field and International Initiatives
Maryanne Cunningham, Interim Director, Office of Social Work Research and Public Service
Uma Rao, Director, Center for Behavioral Health Research


Bolen, R., PhD – Texas (Arlington)
Combs-Orme, T., PhD – Washington (St. Louis)
Cummings, S., PhD – Georgia
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
Rao, U., MBBS – India
Sowers, K., PhD – Florida State
Theriot, M., PhD – California (Berkeley)
Wodarski, J., PhD – Washington (St. Louis)

Associate Professors
Bowie, S., PhD – Pennsylvania
Ellis, R., PhD – Florida International
Hall, J., PhD – Massachusetts
Rogge, M., PhD – Washington (St. Louis)
Staudt, M., PhD – Washington (St. Louis)

Assistant Professors
Abrams, T., PhD – Illinois
Choi, S. PhD – Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)
Forrest-Bank, S., PhD – Denver
Held, M., PhD – Texas (Austin)
Mason, L., PhD – Washington (St. Louis)
West, S., PhD – Kansas

Clinical Associate Professors
Strand, E., PhD – Tennessee
Thompson, P., PhD – Utah

Clinical Assistant Professors
Herron, F., DSW – Tennessee
Mindrup, R., PhD – Missouri

Research Faculty
Green, P., PhD – Tennessee
Hemmelgarn, A., PhD – Tennessee

Associate Professor of Practice
Chaffin, K., MSSW – Tennessee

Assistant Professors of Practice
Childers, A., MSW – Massachusetts
Crane Mallory, K., MSSW – Tennessee
Denton, K., MSW – Virginia
Hickman, C., MSSW – Tennessee
Jackson, R., MSSW – Tennessee
Keiser, S., MSSW – Tennessee
Mallory, A., MSSW – Indiana
Manifold, S., MSSW – Tennessee
Schriver, R. MSW – Washington (St. Louis)
Steckel, S., MSSW – Tennessee
Veit, K., MSSW – Tennessee


Social Work   MSSW
    Evidence-based Interpersonal Practice concentration    
  Organizational Leadership 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 post-MSW/MSSW Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) is an online program that requires an annual week of on-campus residency each summer devoted to intensive study and skills practice.

The Gerontology Graduate Certificate prepares graduate students to work with and on behalf of the rapidly growing older population. The gerontology certificate gives students the opportunity to combine courses focusing on critical aging issues with direct aging-related experiences. The Veterinary Social Work Graduate Certificate Program offers a comprehensive foundation in veterinary social work topics focusing on the knowledge and skills needed to integrate animals into social work practice in ethically sound ways and in keeping with the values of the social work profession. The Graduate Certificate in Trauma Treatment provides students with the coursework and practical experience needed to provide trauma-specific interventions and trauma-informed programming and policy development. The Tennessee State School Social Work Licensure Program is available to currently enrolled bachelor’s level and master’s level social work students at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville as well as persons who already hold a bachelor’s and/or master’s degree in social work from an accredited social work program. This licensure program in school social work equips students with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice in school settings throughout the State of Tennessee.

Graduate courses may be used to count toward both the MSSW and the certificate programs if they fulfill requirements of both programs. With proper planning, students can complete certificate requirements during the concentration year of MSSW coursework. The completion of a 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, additional formal training has been obtained. Information is 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.