Department of Social Work

A note to our students:

We are here for you.  Feel free to contact our Department Secretary Andrea Snyder,, or our Management Technician Mary Bononno,  We will respond as soon as possible within normal business hours.

If you need to speak with a specific faculty member, Social Work faculty contact information is available here.

Department Mission

Social Work at Kutztown University will provide high quality, nationally accredited curricula and program activities that respond to the diverse and ever-changing social needs of our rural, suburban, and urban communities, students, employers, and the profession of social work. Through focused scholarship, innovative and collaborative practice, and service to the community, undergraduate Social Work students will be prepared to provide generalist practice; MSW graduates will be prepared for advanced generalist practice with a Family-in-Environment practice perspective, and doctoral level graduates will be prepared for organizational leadership and teaching in higher education.

Department Vision

The Social Work Program at Kutztown University will be widely recognized for:

  • Responding to the community's needs by preparing social work professionals, leaders, and educators through BSW, MSW, and DSW programs
  • Responding to the students' needs for accessible, affordable, and quality Social Work education across the social work education continuum
  • Establishing Kutztown University as a leader for cooperative partnerships with community social service industry, for research and development of innovative practices
  • Providing leadership in responding to the social needs in the region from a local and global perspective through programming and a diverse faculty body.

Dr. John Vafeas
Department Chair

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I am extremely proud to be a Kutztown student.

Yonette Webster-Hodge MSW
Barbe Fogarty, DSW
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There are fantastic opportunities here. Do not hold back from seeking them out. Also, get to know your professors. They can and will help you.

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Going through the social work department is the best feeling. Seeing smiles on everyone's faces, doors opened. I never felt more passionate about anything. I'm glad to call myself a Social Work who graduated from Kutztown University.

Brittany Fields, BSW 2020
Brittany Fields
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The opportunity to learn from and grow alongside of the social work staff has been the absolute best thing that has ever happened to me. I found my passion and it was all because of them.

Sarah Rozany, BSW 2020
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The material was taught in ways I could understand and can apply to many situations in life, and not just from within the social work profession. The instructors were very helpful and made it easy to receive help if I ever had questions or needed assistance. My overall impression is one that is positive because I have experienced many good student/instructor relationships that has allowed me to grow as a social work student.

Soni Diaz, BSW 2021

Social Workers: This is Who We Are

Video from the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Social Workers are Essential

Video from the National Association of Social Workers

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education

Accreditation of a baccalaureate or master’s social work program by the Council on Social Work Education’ Commission on Accreditation indicates that it meets or exceeds criteria for the assessment of program quality evaluated through a peer review process.  An accredited program has sufficient resources to meet its mission and goals and the Commission on Accreditation has verified that it demonstrates compliance with all sections of the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards.

Current Campaign - Sustainable Lending Library

The Department of Social Work is working to develop a Sustainable Lending Library that will facilitate access to educational materials/resources throughout social work students’ educational career.  The library will be operated through the department and provide a lending service of essential educational materials to our students. 

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