Department of Social Work

The University bestows the designation "Graduate Faculty" upon faculty following review of their credentials and recommendation by their colleagues. The University maintains six levels of graduate faculty: (1) Full, (2) Associate, (3) Adjunct, (4) Adjunct Research Co-Mentor, (5) Affiliate, and (6) Adjunct Teaching.

Only Full graduate faculty members may chair doctoral committees. Adjunct Research Co-Mentor members may serve as co-chair of a master's or doctoral committee. Full or Associate graduate faculty may chair master's committees. Only one adjunct or affiliate graduate faculty member may serve as a voting member on any master's or doctoral committee.

Teaching adjunct members may not serve on graduate committees.


MARIA ELENA DELAVEGA, Assistant Professor, PhD (2010), University of Houston [2019]

ROBIN LENNON-DEARING, Associate Professor, PhD (2004), University of Georgia [2019]

SUSAN ELSWICK, Assistant Professor, EdD (2011), The University of Memphis [2020]

SUSAN NEELY-BARNES, Associate Professor, PhD (2005), University of Washington [2021]

CATHERINE A. SIMMONS, Associate Professor, PhD (2006), University of Texas-Arlington [2022]

STEVEN SOIFER, Professor, PhD (1988), Brandeis University [2018]

GREGORY WASHINGTON, Associate Professor, PhD (2003), Clark Atlanta University [2017]


SUSAN ELSWICK, Clinical Assistant Professor, EdD (2011), The University of Memphis [2018]

LAMONT SIMMONS, EdD (2007), University of Memphis [2020]


DONALD AKEY, MSW (1996), University of Tennessee [2019]

VERONICA BROOKS, Instructor, MSW (2012), University of Tennessee [2023]




KATIE ALLBRITTEN, MSW (2006),  University of Tennessee Knoxville [2018]

ALTOVISE BOYD, MPH (2011), University of Memphis [2019]

DAVID DIA, PhD (2006), University of Maryland [2019]

CHANDRA DUNN, MSW (2012) University of Georgia [2020]

TERESA FRANKLIN, MSW (2009), University of Tennessee Knoxville [2018]

DEBRA KIRKWOOD, MSSW (1990), University of Tennessee [2020]

LESLIE LINDSEY, MSW (2013) University of Memphis [2019]

CHERRY C. MALONE, MSW (2011), University of Tennessee Knoxville [2020]

LAUREN MCCANN, MSW (2009), University of Tennessee [2020]

KAREN REED,DSW (2014), University of Tennessee [2019]

DANIELLE SEEMANN (2003), University of Tennessee [2018]

ELIZABETH SHELTON, MSW (2011), University of Tennessee [2018]

DEMETRA STACKHOUSE-POWE, PhD (2014), Clark Atlanta University [2019]

JENNIFER TAYLOR, MSW (2005), Florida State University [2017]

ERICA TYLER, MSW (2011), University of Tennessee [2020]

BRANDON WILLIAMS, MSW (2015), The University of Memphis [2020]


Affiliate MEMBERs

KENYA S. ANDERSON, MSW (2010), University of Tennessee at Knoxville [2018]

BENETRA MANGUM-JOHNSON, PhD (2015), Jackson State University [2019]

BRANDON C. OUSLEY, MSW (2008), Loyola University [2018]

FAWN PETTET, MSW (2006), Boise State University [2018]

LAURA TAYLOR, MSW (1997), Loyola University [2018]

NOTE: Expiration date of graduate faculty membership is indicated in brackets.