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Social Work

Contact Information

Sarah Hessenauer
MSW Program Coordinator &  Professor
Phone: 262-472-1203
Location: Laurentide Hall 5201
Deanna Guthrie
BSW Program Coordinator & Associate Professor
Phone: 262-472-1881
Location: Laurentide Hall 5205
Susan Morris
Academic Department Associate 
Phone: 262-472-1137
Location: Laurentide Hall 5201

About the Faculty and Staff

Fulltime Faculty and Staff

Dr. Jennifer Anderson (Assistant Professor)

Dr. Jennifer AndersonDr. Anderson came to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater campus in 2015. She presently holds the rank of Assistant Professor. Dr. Anderson earned her BA degree from Saint Joseph’s College in Psychology and Spanish, her MSW from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and her PhD from Indiana University School of Social Work. Her area of research is in interprofessional education (IPE) program design with an emphasis in community-university partnerships. She has received multiple awards and recognitions for her service and collaborative efforts. Most recently, Dr. Anderson received the Chancellor’s Award for her support of individuals with disabilities on campus. Jennifer is a licensed clinical social worker with nearly 20 years of experience in a wide variety of settings. She teaches practice, theory, and field courses for UWW social work program. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal for Social Services Research, is a council member for the Council for Social Work Education (CSWE), and serves as a track member for CSWE in the area of Interprofessional Education and Collaborative Practice.

Dr. Katherine Drechsler (Assistant Professor)

Dr. Katherine DrechslerDr. Katherine Drechsler earned her MSW from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and her Doctorate of Social Work with Clinical Emphasis from George Williams College of Aurora University. She currently is the Field Coordinator for the Social Work Program and is the Advisor for the Student Social Work Organization and the Phi Alpha Honor Society. Prior to joining the UW-Whitewater faculty fulltime in 2014, she worked twenty-seven years in the social work field as a clinical social worker working with adults with mental health and substance abuse diagnoses, in child welfare, in juvenile justice, and in residential treatment for adolescents. Dr. Drechsler’s research interests include addictions, foster care, adoption, diversity and difference in practice, and enhancing teaching in social work education. Dr. Drechsler primarily teaches practice courses and field experience.

Dr. Deanna Guthrie (Associate Professor)

Dr. Deanna GuthrieDr. Deanna Guthrie received her BS in Psychology and MSW and PhD in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago. Prior to joining the UW-Whitewater faculty in 2013, she worked as a clinical social worker for 7 years, treating children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families with a variety of problems and mental health diagnoses. Her clinical emphasis was treating children using play therapy. She also ran an internship program for social work students, with a focus on training students to use play therapy to treat complex trauma in children and adolescents living in disadvantaged communities in Chicago. Her primary research interests include hope, strengths-based research with underrepresented populations, social work education, and academic advising. She is the BSW Program Coordinator.  Dr. Guthrie teaches Introduction to Social Welfare, Practice II (Groups), Child Welfare, and Social Work Practice with Children and Adolescents.  

Dr. Sarah Hessenauer (Department Chair/Professor)

Sarah HessenauerDr. Sarah Hessenauer came to UW-Whitewater in 2006. Currently, she is an Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the Social Work Department. Dr. Hessenauer received her PhD in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago, her MSW from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and her MBA from UW-Whitewater. Dr. Hessenauer is a licensed clinical social worker. She has extensive clinical experience in mental health, addiction and eating disorders. Dr. Hessenauer's research interests include undergraduate social work education, suicide prevention, and stress and coping in social work practice. She has authored several journal articles and co-authored two social work text books.  She is the MSW Program Coordinator.  Dr. Hessenauer teaches practice courses and electives for the social work program.

Dr. Eunyoung Jang (Assistant Professor)

Eunyoung JangDr. Jang holds a bachelor's degree in gerontology and social welfare; a MSW from Seoul Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea; and earned a second MSW and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri School of Social Work. Dr. Jang is passionate about refugee, forced migration, and immigration studies. Her primary research interests include cultural competence, social support, health, access to and utilization of service, and promoting well-being and social justice for refugees and the immigrant population. She arrived at UW-Whitewater in 2018. Dr. Jang teaches Introduction to Social Work and Social Work Research.

Dr. Aruna Jha (Assistant Professor)

Aruna JhaDr. Aruna Jha received her MSW and PhD in Social Work, with a minor in Public Health, from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2001. Before that she completed an MS.Ed. in Counselor Education from Northern Illinois University. She also has her masters in Child Development and Family Relationships from India. She came to UW-Whitewater in 2017. Before coming to UWW, Aruna worked as a clinical social worker at the Veteran's Administration for 6 years, first as a suicide prevention coordinator with the Zablocki VAMC in Milwaukee and later as a program manager in Spinal Cord Injury at the Hines VAMC in Chicago. During this time, she held an adjunct faculty appointment at UIC in Criminology, Law and Justice. Aruna has previously taught courses in violence and trauma, Military Social Work, suicide prevention, child development and family relationships. She has 25 years of experience in designing suicide prevention programs for diverse audiences. Aruna’s research interests are related to mental health outcomes in immigrant and military populations. Her doctoral dissertation focused on risk factors for suicide in immigrant college students. In both groups, students and military veterans, she is specifically interested in the role of cultural beliefs and values in suicidal behavior, and designing and evaluating suicide prevention programs that address these beliefs. She teaches Introduction to Social Work and Social Work Practice 1 and is looking forward to teaching military social work and advanced practice in our new MSW program.

Dr. Yeongmin Kim (Assistant Professor)

Dr. Yeongmin KimDr. Kim completed his undergraduate and Master’s degree in Social Welfare at the Seoul National University, South Korea. He then received his MSW degree and Ph.D. in Social Welfare from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Kim came to University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2015. Before coming to the UWW, he taught at the Pittsburg State University, Kansas, for a year. His primary research interests are child support policy, noncustodial fathers’ support for their children, child care issues, and poverty and social welfare programs in general. He teaches Social Work Research, Social Welfare Policy, Introduction to Social Work, and Social Work Statistics.

Dr. Kristen Prock (Assistant Professor)

Dr. Kristen ProckDr. Kristen Prock earned a BA in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, an MSW from Indiana University-South Bend, and a PhD in Social Work from Michigan State University. Prior to joining the UW-Whitewater faculty in 2019, she worked for nearly a decade with system-involved children and adolescents who have significant behavioral and mental health needs in residential treatment settings. Dr. Prock is a licensed clinical social worker with expertise in adolescent trauma and mental health, youth homelessness, and program evaluation. Dr. Prock’s research focuses on the experiences of LGBTQ homeless youth. Specifically, she is interested in better understanding the needs of this population and how direct services in housing programs impact mental health and substance use. Dr. Prock teaches practice courses for both the BSW and MSW programs.

Dr. Jeannine Rowe (Professor)

Dr. Jeannine RoweDr. Rowe joined the faculty at UW-Whitewater in 2010. She is an Associate Professor of Social Work and Co-Associate Director of Undergraduate Research. Dr. Rowe received her interdisciplinary PhD in Applied Gerontology and MSW from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and her BA from University of Nevada-Reno. She is a Hartford Geriatric and New York Academy of Medicine Fellow. Dr. Rowe is an advance practice social worker with extensive direct practice experience working with adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system in her early career, followed by practice experience working with older adults during her doctoral training. Dr. Rowe’s research interests include evaluating the effectiveness of social work services in aging and health care, fostering university/community research partnerships, and developing assessment tools. She has received numerous grants to conduct program and practice evaluation, and intervention studies. Currently, she is co-investigator on an intervention study in which she and colleagues from across the country are examining the impact of a social work care coordination model on patient health care utilization and health outcomes. Dr. Rowe has authored over a dozen journal articles as well as authored numerous book chapters and community reports. She has also partnered with community agencies such as Milwaukee Public Television to create short educational broadcast videos. Dr. Rowe teaches across the social work curriculum; however, her primary responsibilities include teaching Social Work Research, Social Practice with Groups, Social Work Case Management, and Social Gerontology.

Susan Morris (Academic Department Associate, LTE)

Susan Morrris joined the Social Work department as the LTE Academic Department Associate (ADA) in January 2020. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at UW-Whitewater majoring in Social Work.

Kristi Wood (Lecturer)

Kristi WoodKristi Wood, MSW, APSW, earned her Bachelor degree in Psychology from UW-Stevens Point in 1992, and received her Master of Social Work degree from UW-Madison in 2013. She has worked in the child welfare field for over twenty years, in residential treatment, group home, and foster care environments. She and her partner Shannon have over forty foster sons, assisting many of them in their transitions to adulthood. They also have an adopted son. Kristi has taught in the Human Services Associate Degree program at Madison College, and is also a Foster Parent Trainer for the Milwaukee Child Welfare Partnership. She most recently worked as a social worker with Columbia County Health and Human Services. She is a very active member of the Wisconsin chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, and is currently serving as president. Kristi is very passionate about helping students find their ‘spark’, and mentoring them to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Adjunct Instructors

Nicole Cain (Lecturer)

Nicole CainNicole Cain, MSW, is an adjunct faculty member that teaches Introduction to Social Work, Human Behavior and the Social Environment, and also serves as a faculty field liaison for students while they are completing their field experiences. She began teaching for the Department of Social Work at UW-Whitewater in August 2005. She received her Bachelor of Social Work from UW-Whitewater in 1999 and Master of Social Work degree from the UW-Milwaukee in 2001. Her concentration in the field has been in the areas of children and family services, youth crisis stabilization, non-profit management, and most recently school social work. After serving as the Senior Program Director for the Northside YMCA in Milwaukee for 5.5 years, Ms. Cain accepted a position in August 2006 with Milwaukee Public Schools as a school social worker. In January 2016, the Milwaukee Public Schools Board of Directors appointed her to the position of School Social Work Supervisor and in this position she currently supervises 80 school social workers and 20 social work assistants.

Karen Fisher (Lecturer)

Karen_FisherKaren Fisher, MSW, M.Ed., LCSW graduated from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1996 with a Bachelor of Social Work degree.  Karen received a Master of Social Work degree from University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2000, and returned to University of Wisconsin – Whitewater for a second Master’s degree in Education in 2005. Prior to returning to Whitewater, Karen worked with the homeless for seven years, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with professional interests and experience in Autism, neurodiversity and mental health. Karen has personal interests in photography, health, plastic reduction, environment, arts, quilting, cooking, home restoration, reading and nature.  Karen joined University of Wisconsin – Whitewater Center for Students with Disabilities in 2005, and began teaching in Social Work in 2019.  Karen supervises social work field placements and is pleased to work with the excellent students and Social Work program here at Whitewater. 

Tammy Foerster (Lecturer)

Tammy FoersterTammy Foerster, MSW, is a proud Warhawk Alumni! Tammy graduated from UW-Whitewater in 1988 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, and received her Master of Social Work degree from UW-Madison in 1989. She began a career in School Social Work in 1989 at Watertown High School, where she remains today. Ms. Foerster enjoys sharing her passion for school social work while supervising UW-W Field Placement Students, as well as serving on the UW-W Social Work Advisory Board for many years. Ms. Foerster believes students in her Introduction to Social Work and HBSE II classes benefit from her bringing current, “real world” situations that she encounters daily to class each week.

Kelly North (Lecturer)

Kelly North

Kelly North, MSW, LCSW received her Bachelor of Social Worker degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 2002 and her Masters in School Work from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2006. During her tenure in the field, she has worked extensively with children, families, as well adults in various areas of direct practice. She currently works as child and adolescent psychotherapist at Jefferson County Human Service Department outpatient mental health clinic. She is also a trained TF-CBT and Functional Family Therapist who is passionate about trauma informed care for consumers and helping systems become trauma informed. Kelly has trained on trauma throughout the state of Wisconsin. Aside from her practice she also is an Adjunct Professor in the Social Work Department University of Wisconsin Whitewater. Ms. North teaches Intro to Social Work, Social Work Practice II, Human Sexuality in the undergraduate social work program and social work and trauma in the social work graduate program as well Field Liaison in both the undergraduate and graduate program. 

Christina Schmoker (Lecturer)  

Schmoker

I graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater with a degree in Social Work in 1998! I LOVED going to school at UWW--so hopefully your experience is the same! I found UWW to be a wonderfully supportive learning environment rich with resources aimed to help students succeed! I continued my education by earning a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2000 with an emphasis on Policy.  I'm a Lieutenant Colonel in the Wisconsin Air National Guard and am currently serving as the Service Member Support Division Chief which I affectionately call the "caring for people" programs. deployed to the middle east for over six months from 2011-2012 and have had the privilege in serving as a commander for the Logistic Readiness Squadron, 2015-2017, as well as Air Force ROTC, 2017-2019.
As a Social Worker, I've served in a variety of capacities including adults with varying abilities, Child Protective Services and Adult Protective Services--and of course I've served military service members too! I also went back to school to earn a second masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Edgewood College in 2017 and started my own private practice in the Madison area in 2019, which is doing very well!
I've been teaching as an adjunct with the social work department since Fall 2018.

Michael Wallace (Academic Staff Emeritus)

Michael WallaceMr. Michael D. Wallace received his bachelor’s degree in education from UW-Milwaukee in 1976 and his Master Degree from UW-Milwaukee in Social Work in 1980 Mr. Wallace has over twenty-eight years teaching experience both in undergraduate and graduate social work programs. He taught fulltime at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Department of Social Work 18 years from 1997 until 2015 In addition he was the Field Coordinator for 7 years. He also has taught graduate classes at George Williams’ University and UW-Milwaukee. He was the past president of the Wisconsin Council on Social Work Education from 2008 until 2017 In addition, Mike was a licensed clinical social worker with thirty-seven years of experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He has extensive experience providing individual, couples, family and group therapy. Specializes in treating adolescents with behavioral and emotional problems. In 2014 He received NASW Wisconsin Annual ‘Distinguished Social Worker of the Year’ Award In 2016 in recognition of his contribution UW-Whitewater he was granted emeritus.

Dr. Jim Winship (Professor Emeritus) 

Dr. Jim WinshipJim Winship (MSW and Ph.D., both from the University of Georgia) has taught social work classes at UW-Whitewater for more than 30 years. He has worked with homeless families in the past, and continues his involvement in this area through his work as the Vice-President of the board of Bethel House in Whitewater. He is also on the board of Whitewater LEADS, the public library board, and is active with immigrant/Hispanic issues in the area. Jim has been a Fulbright Scholar in both Colombia and El Salvador, and has been conducting research and has been writing related to youth and families in El Salvador for more than a decade.

Social Work Department Graduate Assistants

Chris Johnson and Stephanie Ball

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Social Work Office Student Workers

Abby Callahan

  

Summer 2020