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The Department of Social Work has a wonderful group of faculty and staff members who help students successfully adjust to college life. Their proven teaching methods, evidence-based knowledge and hands-on experience will shape you to become professional social workers. Click on each of their profiles below to learn more about their experience, publications, awards and contact information.

Department Chair

  • Dr. Sheri Boyle

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Boyle has been an aide to Rep. Nancy Pelosi and a clinical social worker at Children's More


  • James H. Andrews

    Field Coordinator

    James H. Andrews is a clinical social worker with expertise in forensic social work. He is the More

  • Dr. Azadeh Block

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Azadeh Masalehdan Block is a native of Western Pennsylvania; she was born in New Castle and More

  • Dr. Margaret (Peg) Christopher

    Associate Professor

    Before coming to California University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Christopher served as Social Work More

  • Dr. Bernadette Jeffrey

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Jeffrey's prior assignments in teaching and research: Adjunct Faculty, Freshman Seminar More

  • Sharon B. Juli

    Part-time Professor

    Ms. Juli is an expert in gerontology. She coordinated the department's efforts to enrich  More

  • Tiffany Lumpkin

    Temporary Faculty

    Tiffany T. Lumpkin is the program director of Family Group Decision Making at Small Seeds More

  • Dr. Gwendolyn Perry-Burney


    Dr. Perry-Burney earned her BSW and MSW at Temple University, her Ph.D. at the University of More

  • Dr. T. Thao Pham

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Pham’s expertise is children, youth, and families, trauma, immigration, community More

  • Dr. Rosalie Smiley



  • Dr. Norma Thomas


    Dr. Thomas began as the MSW program director and associate professor at California University  More

  • Dr. Pamela C. Twiss


    Dr. Twiss' expertise is in research, program evaluation and community practice. She has been More

  • Dr. Carolyn Wass



  • Dr. Bonnie Young Laing

    Assistant Professor

    Bonnie Young Laing holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Edinboro University of More

  • Jane Zupancic


    Zupancic is a licensed social worker with nearly 16 years of experience in the field of More