About

Social Work Faculty

Name Title Highest degree
Ackerman, Alissa Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Criminal Justice, The City University of New York (CUNY), 2009
 
Butt, Rick Director, Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program (CWTAP) M.S.W., San Diego State University, 1999
Casey, Erin Associate Professor Ph.D. Social Welfare, University of Washington, 2006

 
Cohen, Jeffrey Assistant Professor Ph.D. Criminology, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, 2009
 
Derby-McCurtain, Tarna Senior Lecturer (effective 9/2014) M.I.M. International Management, American Graduate School of International Management, 1983
 
Diehm, Tom Practicum Coordinator; Senior Lecturer Ph.D. Social Work and Social Research, Portland State University, 2004
 

Eliasson-Nannini , Janelle

 

Acting Assistant Professor

M.A. Sociology, Bowling Green State University, 2011

Emlet, Charles Professor Ph.D. Social Work, Case Western Reserve University, 1998

 
Finn, Jerry Professor Emeritus Ph.D. Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin Madison, 1980
 
Flores, Jerry Acting Assistant Professor Ph.D. Sociology, University of California Santa Barbara, 2014
 
Furman, Rich Professor Ph.D. Social Welfare, Yeshiva University, 2001

 
Garner, Michelle Associate Professor Ph.D. Social Welfare, University of Washington, 2007

 
Harris, Marian Associate Professor Ph.D. Social Work, Smith College, 1997

 
Holt-Schaad, Teresa BASW Practicum Coordinator; Lecturer M.S.W. Children, Youth and Families, University of Washington Tacoma, 2001
 
Inselman, Tammy CWTAP Field Instructor M.S.W. Children, Youth and Families, University of Washington Tacoma, 2001
 
Laakso, Janice Associate Professor Ph.D. Social Work, University of Texas at Austin, 1999

 
Lazzari, Marcie Graduate Program Coordinator; Professor
 
Ph.D. Social Work, University of Denver, 1990
Madfis, Eric Assistant Professor Ph.D. Sociology, Northeastern University, 2012

 
Slater, Moniquetra CWTAP Field Instructor M.S.W. Children, Youth and Families, University of Washington Tacoma, 2008
 
Toews, Barb Acting Assistant Professor M.A.  Conflict Transformation, Eastern Mennonite University, 2000
 
Young, Diane Director; Associate Professor Ph.D. Social Welfare, University of Washington Seattle, 1997
 

Social Work Staff

Name Title
Butt, Rick

Director, Child Welfare Training and Advancement Program (CWTAP)

 

Crosby, Gabriela

Program Assistant

 

Graham, Rose

Program Coordinator

 

Haugen, Jill

Online Criminal Justice Academic Support Services Specialist

 

Hermanson, Lynn

Graduate Adviser, Recruiter & Academic Specialist

 

Simonsen, Terri

Program Administrator

 

Welk, Susan

CWTAP Program Coordinator

 

Young, Diane

Director; Associate Professor

 


Accreditation

The Social Work program at UW Tacoma is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education as a program option under the auspices of the University of Washington School of Social Work in Seattle.

Mission

As members of the University of Washington School of Social Work, we commit ourselves to promoting social and economic justice for poor and oppressed populations and enhancing the quality of life for all.

We strive to maximize human welfare through:

  • education of effective social work leaders, practitioners and educators who will challenge injustice and promote a more humane society, and whose actions will be guided by vision, compassion, knowledge and disciplined discovery, and deep respect for cultural diversity and human strengths;
  • research that engenders understanding of complex social problems, illuminates human capacities for problem-solving, and promotes effective and timely social intervention; and
  • public service that enhances the health, well-being and empowerment of disadvantaged communities and populations at local, national and international levels.

We embrace our position of leadership in the field of social work and join in partnership with others in society committed to solving human problems in the twenty-first century.

Additionally, the Social Work program shares the mission of the University of Washington Tacoma.

The University of Washington Tacoma educates diverse learners and transforms communities by expanding the boundaries of knowledge and discovery.

Finally, the Social Work program commits itself to providing access to social work education to residents of the south Puget Sound region. (Program goal emanating from UW Tacoma's defining characteristics and guiding principles.)