Senior Lecturer - Social Work

JB has been teaching in the field of social work for over 20 years. For the past 15 years she has been immersed in social work field education.  She previously served as a case worker with the Howard Center and Vermont DCF, and was Assistant Director of Residential Services at the Howard Center Children Youth and Family Services Division.  She currently serves as the BSW program coordinator as well as teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in social work.

JB also collaborates with community agencies and organizations, and provides orientation and training for agency field instructors.


Baird, JB. (2016). Supervision in social work (keynote presentation). NASW-VT Annual Meeting.

Baird, JB (2015). The complexities and challenges of supporting faculty: Establishing an approach to navigating hard conversations. Community College of Vermont, Montpelier, VT.

Baird, JB (2015). Strategies for difficult conversations. Community College of Vermont, Montpelier, VT.

Awards and Recognition

  • The Glen Elder Leadership Award (2018), LGBTQ Center, University of Vermont, given for extraordinary leadership among students and faculty across the UVM campus.
  • Jackie M. Gibbons Award (2009), College of Education and Social Services, University of Vermont, given for extraordinary faculty service within the College and the University community.
JB Barna

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Issues of justice, humanity, and kindness
  • Organizational culture
  • Program/organizational administration


  • M.S.W. in Social Work from California State University Long Beach


  • 802-656-8409
Office Location:

Waterman 443