Department of Social Work

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The mission of the Department of Social Work is to prepare culturally competent professionals guided by values, ethics, and evidence-based practice for professional and leadership roles; thus enhancing the quality of life of individuals, families, groups, communities, and organizations in a global society.

The Department’s goals are to:
  1. prepare social work practitioners to develop an understanding of the importance of a Black perspective based on strengths-based empowerment approach for social work practice;
  2. prepare culturally competent professionals guided by values and ethics who are capable of promoting social and economic justice when working with diverse and at risk populations in a global society;
  3. prepare practitioners for evidence-based professional practice and leadership roles; and
  4. educate students to think critically and to evaluate their own practice.

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Advanced Standing Credits

Applicants who have graduated from a Bachelor of Social Work Degree Program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education may receive up to a maximum of twenty-eight (28) credits applied towards the MSW degree at the time of admission, if they meet the requirements for regular status. This option may be an acceptable alternative for applicants who do not meet the requirements for Advanced Standing. If admitted under regular status, these individuals may receive advanced standing credits for all undergraduate foundations courses with grades of "B" or better earned within the last five (5) years. This option is granted on an individual basis. Advanced standing credit will not be considered for practice courses or field practicum. Applicants seeking advanced standing credits may be required to submit course syllabi from their undergraduate courses.


Department of Social Work
Price Building, Room 202
1200 North DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901

302.857.6794 Fax

Monday - Friday 8:30 am- 4:30 pm


Faculty/Staff Profile

Department Chair

Dr. John N. Austin
Acting Chairperson/Professor
Price 201


Associate Professors

Dr. Ezekiel Ette
Associate Professor
Price 227

Dr. Dolores Finger Wright
Price 217

Dr. Tina Jordan
MSW Program Director
Price 227
Dr. Anthony Hill
Price 221

Dr. Leela Thomas
Price 226

Assistant Professors


Dr. Michael Balliro
Price 218

Dr. Fran Franklin
BSW Program Director
Price 222

Professional Staff

Mrs. Cherita Brown
Technical Analyst & Quality Assurance Manager
Price 202B
Dr. Chavon Dottin
Director of Field Instruction
Price 219


Mrs. Shacre Bennett
Price 202A



Forms Library

BSW Student Handbook – Available soon
Curriculum Advisement Form
MSW Student Handbook – Available soon