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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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 graduate
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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.

Barbe Fogarty, Doctor of Social Work Graduate
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I am extremely proud to be a Kutztown student.

Yonette Webster-Hodge, MSW graduate.
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.

Social Work Book Fund

The Department of Social Work has established a fund to help defray the cost of textbooks for our social work students.  Your gracious donation will be appreciated.

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