Department of Social Work Faculty | College of Education and Social Services | The University of Vermont(title)

We share your passion for social justice and human rights. Our faculty are dedicated instructors, researchers, and active community members who make an impact in across Vermont, throughout the nation, and around the world.

View our faculty profiles to learn more about their transformative teaching, research, and service collaborations.

Visit the Department of Social Work home page to explore our nationally accredited Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) programs to meet your academic interests and career goals.


Simon Chan

Associate Professor of Social Work

  • Families of Children with Special Education Needs
  • Men-in-Trauma
  • Psychotherapy

Susan Comerford

Associate Professor of Social Work

  • Adult learning
  • Diversity, access and equity
  • Human rights
  • Immigrant issues
  • Leadership
  • Organizational development

Cassie Gillespie

Lecturer of Social Work

  • Organizational and Workforce Development
  • Trauma Informed Practices
  • Child Welfare

Danielle Jatlow

Lecturer of Social Work • BSW Program Coordinator

  • Adolescents, Young Adults, and Families
  • Mental Health and Wellness
  • Anti-Oppressive Practice
  • Community Health Practice
  • Clinical Training and Consultation

Kelly Melekis

Associate Professor of Social Work • MSW Program Coordinator

  • Gerontology
  • Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Interprofessional Practice
  • Anti-Oppressive Practice
  • Transformative Research and Evaluation
  • Transformative Pedagogy

Jennifer Putney

Associate Professor of Social Work • Interim Chair, Department of Social Work

  • Substance use and social work practice
  • Harm reduction
  • Interprofessional practice
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Social work education

Jean Sienkewicz

Field Education Coordinator and Lecturer of Social Work

  • Generalist social work practice
  • Social work field education
  • LGBTQHIA+ inclusivity

Brenda Solomon

Associate Professor of Social Work

  • Child welfare
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Social work education

Christine Marie Velez

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Social work education and curriculum

  • Social work research methods
  • Sexuality, reproductive & environmental justice, racial equity
  • Health equity
  • Underrepresented and underserved populations
  • Critical and feminist theories