Field Education Coordinator and Lecturer - Social Work

Jean Sienkewicz's teaching focuses on social work practice and field education. She is especially committed to applying the principles of her professional practice to the classroom - building trust, facilitating relationships and allowing for all voices, especially those whose have been traditionally silenced, to be heard.

She previously served as Director of HIV+ Services at the statewide Vermont AIDS-Service Organization, Vermont CARES. Her 15 years of practice experience span a variety of Burlington, VT-community organizations, including the Committee On Temporary Shelter, Burlington Housing Authority, and the Pride Center of Vermont. She had more than ten years of part-time teaching experience in the Department of Social Work before joining UVM as a full-time lecturer in 2019. She took over the reins of the Field Education program as Coordinator in Fall 2020.

Awards and Recognition

Graduate Student Senate Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Vermont (May 2021)

Field Instructor of the Year, Department of Social Work, University of Vermont (March 2015)

Nominee for the 2013 Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award at the University of Vermont (May 2012)

Jean Sienkewicz

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

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


  • MSW, University of Vermont
  • BA, Goddard College


  • 802-656-9657
Office Location:

433 Waterman

Courses Taught

  • SWSS 163: Theory & Integration Seminar
  • SWSS 212: Social Work Practice I
  • SWSS 173, 174: Field Experience I, II
  • SWSS 290: Foundation Year Field Practicum
  • SWSS 390: Specialized Practice Field Practicum