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 
ROBIN LENNON-DEARING, Assistant Professor, PhD (2004), University of Georgia 
SUSAN NEELY-BARNES, Assistant Professor, PhD (2005), University of Washington 
CATHERINE A. SIMMONS, Associate Professor, PhD (2006), University of Texas-Arlington 
STEVEN SOIFER, Professor, PhD (1988), Brandeis University 
GREGORY WASHINGTON, Associate Professor, PhD (2003), Clark Atlanta University 
SUSAN ELSWICK, Clinical Assistant Professor, EdD (2011), The University of Memphis 
GARY F SCHNEIDER, EdD (2010), University of Memphis 
DAVID DIA, PhD (2006), University of Maryland 
LAURA BATTLE, EdD (2011), The University of Memphis 
ALTOVISE BOYD, MPH (2011), University of Memphis 
JONATHAN COLE, MSW (2003), University of Tennessee 
SHANI COLLINS, 
BELINDA HARDY, MSW (1977), University of Tennessee 
FREDA MARTIN, Instructor, MBA (1990), University of Memphis 
MELINDA MENSER, MSW (2002), University of Tennessee 
LINDA OXFORD, MSSW (1981), University of Tennessee 
MALRIE SHELTON, MSW (1981), University of Tennessee 
SHAKEBRA YOUNG, PhD (2012) Capella University 
NOTE: Expiration date of graduate faculty membership is indicated in brackets.