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Social Work

Contact Information

Sarah Hessenauer
MSW Program Coordinator & Associate 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

Phi Alpha Honor Society

Phi Alpha MedallionA National Honor Society for Social Work Students

The Purpose of Phi Alpha Honor Society is to provide a closer bond between social work students and promote humanitarian goals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.


Phi Alpha Motto "Through Knowledge - The Challenge is to Serve"


The purpose of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater chapter of Phi Alpha shall be:

  • To recognize and promote scholastic achievement among students and faculty involved in the undergraduate social work program at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater;
  • To recognize, improve and further the goals of social work in the community, state, nation and world;
  • To stimulate interest in preparation for a career in social work;
  • To encourage continued study and research at the undergraduate level, the graduate level, and in professional practice; and
  • To recognize those professional social workers and others whose service, contributions and leadership are held in esteem.

An undergraduate student is eligible for active membership after achieving the following National minimum requirements and meeting local chapter requirements:

  • Declared social work as a major.
  • Achieved junior status.
  • Completed 9 semester hours of core social work major courses.
  • Achieved an overall grade point average in the top 35% of social work majors.
  • Nomination by the majority of the social work department faculty.

Beginning Fall 2017 we will induct new Phi Alpha members every semester. Eligible candidates will be invited to join each Feburary and October.  There is a $30-lifetime membership fee. Students who meet membership criteria and wish to join the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater chapter, Sigma Tau, will be inducted each fall and spring semester, and all new members will be recognized during the Spring Social Work Department Banquet. Phi Alpha honor cords which can be worn at graduation may also be purchased ($12+tax) upon joining the chapter.

More Information
If you have questions about the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater chapter, please contact Kathy Drechsler, Social Work Honor Society Advisor at or 262-472-5272.  If you are interested in learning more about Phi Alpha, please visit their national website: