School 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 three levels of graduate faculty: (1) Full, (2) Associate, and (3) External.

Only Full graduate faculty members may chair doctoral committees. Full or Associate graduate faculty may chair master's committees. Only one external graduate faculty member may serve as a voting member on any master's or doctoral committee.


MARIA ELENA DELAVEGA, Assistant Professor, PhD (2010), University of Houston [2025]

ROBIN LENNON-DEARING, Associate Professor, PhD (2004), University of Georgia [2025]

SUSAN ELSWICK, Assistant Professor, EdD (2011), The University of Memphis [2024]

SUSAN NEELY-BARNES, Professor, PhD (2005), University of Washington [2027]

GREGORY WASHINGTON, Professor, PhD (2003), Clark Atlanta University [2030]

MINHAE CHO, Assistant Professor, PhD (2019), University of Minnesota, Twin Cities [2026]

JERRY WATSON, Assistant Professor, PhD (2006), Jackson State University [2026]

SEOK WON JIN, Assistant Professor, PhD (2013), The University of Minnesota [2026]

SARA LEAT, Assistant Professor, PhD (2021), University of Texas at Arlington [2027]

BERNADETTE KHAMASI OMBAYO, Associate Professor, PhD (2019), The University of Texas at Arlington [2027]




MINDY E. KRONENBERG, PhD (2003), University of Memphis [2024]

MELISSA HIRSCHI, Assistant Professor, PhD (2017), Boston University [2026]

LAURA TAYLOR, Assistant Professor, PhD (2017), The Institute for Clinical Social Work Loyola University [2026]

NOTE: Expiration date of graduate faculty membership is indicated in brackets for Full and External only.