Department of Social Work and Social Ecology

The Department of Social Work and Social Ecology is an interdisciplinary academic unit that supports the institution’s commitment to human wholeness and its belief that one’s fullest development is achieved when all subsystems affecting the individual are understood and balanced. Both conceptually and pragmatically, the programs in the Department of Social Work and Social Ecology are guided by an overarching ecological (bio-psycho-social-spiritual) perspective and methodological framework that supports the use of scientific methods of problem analysis and program design.

A key component in this framework is the importance of interdisciplinary scholarship when studying the interrelated aspects of behavioral, sociopolitical, economic, and environmental problems. The result is an interdisciplinary teaching, learning, and practice environment brought together for the purpose of creating sustainable interventions directed toward improving the functioning of individuals, families, groups, organizations, institutions, and communities. As such, priority has been given to creating an academic milieu favorable to educating competent, ethical, and compassionate professionals and scholars for advanced practice roles—capable of respecting and addressing the needs of diverse populations.

A complete list of part-time and voluntary faculty can be viewed online at <>.


Beverly J. Buckles

Executive associate chair

Kimberly Freeman

Primary faculty

Qais Alemi

Beverly J. Buckles

Monte Butler

Kimberly Freeman

G. Victoria Jackson

Talolo Lepale

Viola Lindsey

Allison Maxwell

Susanne Montgomery

Larry Ortiz

Secondary faculty

Dionne Barnes-Proby

Neil Driscoll

Laura Espinoza

Craig R. Jackson

Veronica Kelley

William Murdoch

Martha Parra

John Preble

Michael Racadio

Allan Rawland

Sally Richter

Kenneth Sandoval

Kristen Slagter

Emeritus faculty

Terry Forrester

Ignatius Yacoub