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The Department of Social Work


The social work curriculum is taught by faculty members who have completed graduate education from accredited schools of social work. They are recognized academicians, professional practitioners and researchers who bring a broad range of experiences to the classroom which include work in Public Welfare, Aging, United Way Administration, Aging, Addictions, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Child Welfare, Disabilities, and Mental Health.



William F. Bender, MSW, ACSW, LSW

  • University of Maryland School of Social Work, M.S.W.
  • Pennsylvania State University, B.A.

John Conahan, LCSW, ACSW, CAC, PhD

  • Marywood University, Ph.D.
  • Marywood University, M.S.W.
  • Belknap College, B.S.

Janice A. Gasker, DSW, LCSW, ACSW

  • University of Pennsylvania, D.S.W.
  • Marywood University, M.S.W.
  • Cedar Crest College, B.A.


Edward P. Hanna, DSW

  • University of Pennsylvania, D.S.W.
  • University of Pennsylvania, M.S.W.
  • Colby College, B.S.

Yoon Mi Kim,  PhD

  • University of Pittsburgh, Ph.D.
  • California State University,  LA, M.S.W.
  • SungKyunKwan University, South Korea, B.A.



Sharon C. Lyter, LCSW, PhD

  • Rutgers University, Ph.D.
  • Temple University, M.S.W.
  • East Stroudsburg University, B.A.

Varsha Pandya, PhD, ACSW

  • Case Western Reserve University, Ph.D.
  • University of Bombay, India, M.S.W.
  • University of Bombay, India, B.S.

 Tim Seip, MSW, LSW

  • Marywood University, M.S.W.
  • Mansfield University, B.A.

Yasoda Sharma, MSW, PhD

  • University of Texas at Arlington, Ph.D.
  • Banaras Hindu University, India,  M.S.W.
  • Bangalore University, India, B.A

Mary Rita Weller, Ph.D., LSW

  • Widener University, Ph.D.
  • Temple University,  M.S.W.
  • State University College of NY , B.A.

 John Vafeas, LSW, DSW

  • University of Pennsylvania, D.S.W.
  • University of Pennsylvania, M.S.W.
  • Winthrop University, B.A.
  • KATEE, Heraklion Crete, Greece, Social Work Diploma

Fang-Hsun Wei, MS, Ph.D.

  • University of Texas at Arlington, Ph.D
  • Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan, MS--Social Work
  • Kaohsiung Medical University, Taiwan, BS

Barth Yeboah, LSW, DSW

  • University of Pennsylvania, D.S.W.
  • University of Delhi, M.S.W.
  • Jamia Millia Islamia, B.S.W.

Contact Info: 
Social Work Department
Old Main 27
Kutztown, PA 19530
Tel. (610) 683 4235
Fax (610) 683-4383

Dr. John Vafeas
Department Chair
E-Mail:  vafeas@kutztown.edu

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