Social Work

Faculty and Staff


GloriaGloria Anderson
Assistant Professor

Phone: (910) 775-4268
Office: Health Sciences Building 361F


BA: Dallas Baptist University
MSW: University of Missouri- Kansas City
Ph.D: University of Missouri-Kansas City

Research Interest: Urban Social Work Multicultural Practice and Education; Cultural Competency and Curriculum Theory/Development; Use of Self as Tool for Change Agency; Culturally Responsive Healthcare and Advance Care Planning /End-of-Life 

MarticaMartica Bacallao
Assistant Professor

Phone: (910) 775-4090
Office: Health sciences Building


Josphine Chaumba

Josphine Chaumba
Assistant Professor

Phone: (910) 775-4358
Office: Health Sciences Building 335

BSW: University of Zimbabwe
MSW: University of Georgia
Ph.D.: University of Georgia

Research Interest: Mixed Methods Research, Immigrant Integration, Social Work Education, Systematic Literature Reviews

JoeJoe Davis
Clinical Instructor

Phone: (910) 775-4083
Office: Health Sciences Building 368


BA : University of North Carolina-Wilmington
MSW: East Carolina University

David DranDavid A. Dran
Associate Professor

Phone: (910) 521-6174
Office: Health Sciences Building 361M

BA: University of Notre Dame
MSW: Arizona State University
Ph.D.: Arizona State University

Research Interest: Middle school ethnic identity and school performance, how aging is changing for boomers in the ethnicities surrounding the University, the preservation of identity for persons with Alzheimer’s disease.

Sherry EdwardsSherry L. Edwards
MSW Program Director

Phone: (910) 521-6476
Office: Health Sciences Building 361E

BSW: Arkansas State University
MSW: Florida State University
Ph.D.: University of South Carolina
LCSW (North Carolina), LISW (South Carolina)

Research Interest: Mental Health, Cultural Competence, Women's Issues, Substance Abuse, Child Welfare and Social Work Education.

Colette Garcia
Clinical Instructor

Phone: (910) 775-4707    
Office: Health Sciences Building 

Veronica HardyVeronica Hardy
Associate Professor
Phone: (910) 775-4366
Office: Health Sciences Building 368

BA: Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
MSW: West Chester University of Pennsylvania 
Ph.D.: Regent University

Research Interests: Multicultural Competency Development amongst Mental Health Professionals, Distance Education Teaching Methods, Human Trafficking. 

Rebekah Hazlett_KnudsenRebekah Hazlett
Assistant Professor
BSW Program Director

Phone: (910) 521-6861
Office Health Sciences Building 361H

BSW: Western Illinois University
MSW: University of Central Florida
Ph.D.: University of Central Florida

Research interests: Forensic Social Work Education, Diversity Education, Women in Prison, Children of Incarcerated Parents, Issues Related to Maternal, Child, and Family Health.  

Stephen KodwoYale Kodwo-Nyameazea
Associate Professor
Social Work Department Chair
Phone: (910) 775-4417
Office: Health Sciences Building 361H

BA:University of Ghana
MA: University of Ghana
MSW: University of South Carolina
Ph.D.: Virginia Commonwealth University

Research Interest: Issues relating to Older Adults, Participatory Rural Appraisal, Family Preservation, Issues relating to Immigrant Families (particular emphasis on African Immigrant Families).

Kay LocklearAlice Kay Locklear
Assistant Professor

Phone: (910) 775-4269
Office: Health Sciences Building 361K

BSW: University of North Carolina at Pembroke
MSW: East Carolina University
PhD: Capella Universtiy

Research Interest: Cultural competence, Micro and Macro Level Social Work Practice, Policy, Family and Children Services, Indian Child Welfare Act, Substance Abuse, Mental Health, Trauma Focused CBT, Community Engagement, Quantitative Research. 

Cindy LocklearCindy E. Locklear
MSW Field Director
Assistant Professor

Phone: (910) 775-4382
Office: Health Sciences Building 361L

BSW: University of North Carolina at Pembroke
MSW: Fayetteville State University
DSW: St. Catherine University - University of St. Thomas 

SavageTamara Savage
Assistant Professor
Phone: (910) 521-6510
Office: Health Sciences Building 374


BSW: UNC Wilmington
MSW: University of South Carolina
PhD: University of South Carolina

Research Interest: End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD), Medication adherence, Racial health disparities in the ESRD population, Teen Dating Violence, Community Organizing, Social Activism

Frederick StephensFrederick H. Stephens
Assistant Professor

Phone: (910) 521-6581
Office: Health Sciences Building 372

BSW: University of North Carolina at Pembroke
MSW: University of California at Berkeley

Research Interest: Domestic violence (including survivors and perpetrators), Human Diversity, Mental Health, Family Systems, and Social Work practice evaluation

PamPamela Szczygiel
Assistant Professor
Phone:  (910) 775-4267
Office:  Health Sciences Building 364


BA: Villanova University
MSW: University of Georgia
DSW: University of Pennsylvania

Research interests:  Mental Health, Trauma and Relationally-Informed Social Work Practice,  Mindfulness, Integrative Mental Health Treatment, East-West Approaches to Mental Health

Jody ThomasJody Thomas
Assistant Professor
BSW Field Director

Phone: (910) 775-4342
Office: Health Sciences Building 361J

BSW: University of North Carolina at Pembroke
MSW: University of South Carolina 
Web Information Coordinator (WIC)

Research Interest: Community Violence, Cultural Competence, Historical Trauma, Mental Health, and Native American Populations

WoodsideSummer Gainey Woodside
Assistant Professor

Phone: (910) 775-4085 
Office: Health Sciences Building 361-G

BSW: UNC Pembroke
MSW: UNC Chapel Hill 
Ph.D: UNC Greensboro 
LCSW, LISW-CP, NC Department of Public Instruction Licensure in School Social Work and School Administration

Research Interest: School social work, family/school partnerships, equity education, policy 


Adjunct Faculty

Jessica Abbott

Renee Edwards

Ronnie Martin

Ottis Murray