Associate Professor

Lacey Sloan, MSSW, Ph.D., has been a social work educator for over 20 years. Her areas of scholarship are sexual rights and international social work education. She spent the last 10 years developing social work education programs in the Arabian Gulf and USA using indigenous knowledge and decolonizing practice. Since 2001, she was responsible for the development and initial accreditation of two bachelor of social work programs (College of State Island [CSI], City University of New York; Qatar University) and three master of social work programs (University of Southern Maine, CSI and Zayed University), all but one of which were successfully approved and accredited (Qatar has no accrediting body, so the program was prepared for peer review by the International Association of Schools of Social Work).

She currently provides consultation to UNICEF to develop social work education programs in Somalia. Her social work career prior to academia was in the field of crisis intervention, first in child welfare, then disaster work and finally with survivors sexual violence/abuse who ranged in age from 3 to 83 years old. She has presented papers on social work practice and education in Islamic countries at international conferences in the USA, Qatar, Singapore, Korea, Finland, and Austria. Her current scholarship focuses on social work practice and education in Islamic countries, including her most recent publication “Social work education in the Arab Gulf: Challenges and opportunities.” Her book, 'Critical Multiculturalism and Intersectionality in a Complex World' (Oxford University Press) was released in 2018.


Sloan, L.M. & Schmitz, C.L. (2019). Environmental degradation: Communities forging a path forward. Journal of Transdisciplinary Peace Praxis, 1(1).

Sloan, L.M., Bromfield, N., Matthews, J. & Smith-Rotabi, K. (2017). Social work education in the Arab Gulf: Challenges and opportunities. Journal of Religion and Spirituality in Social Work: Social Thought, 36(1-2), 199-214.

Sloan, L.M. & Wahab, S. (2014). Dancers, workers, non-conformists and survivors:  Topless dancers speak. In Y. Villanueva-Russell (Ed.). Deviant behavior. Glenview, IL: Kendall Hunt Publishing Co. (previously published peer reviewed article)

Sloan, L.M. (2013). Society and human rights syllabi. In M. C. "Terry" Hokenstad, Lynne M. Healy, and Uma A. Segal (Eds.) Teaching human rights-curriculum resources for social work educators. Washington, DC: CSWE.

Schmitz, C., Matyók, T., James, C. & Sloan, L.M. (2012). Environmental sustainability: Educating social workers for interdisciplinary practice. In M. Gray, J. Coates & T. Hetherington. (Eds). Environmental social work. London: Routledge.

Schmitz, C.L., Matyók, T., Sloan, L. & James, C.D. (2012). The relationship between social work and environmental sustainability: Implications for interdisciplinary practice. International Journal of Social Welfare, 21. 1-9.

Schmitz, C., Sloan, L.M. & Wright, J. (2012). Voices of the adult children from gay and lesbian parents. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, 2(8), 229-236.

Sloan, L.M. (2011). Women’s oppression or choice? One American’s experience of wearing the hijab. Affilia, 26, 218-221.

Sloan, L.M., Saleh, A., Al-Mannai, S., Al-Kaabi, I. & Al-Kawari, K. (2010). Social work education in Qatar. In S. Stanley (Ed.). Social work education in countries of the East: Issues and challenges. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Publishers.

Sloan, L.M., Schmitz, C., Maytok, T. & Short, G. (2010). A story to tell: Workplace mobbing and bullying. International Journal of Business and Social Sciences, 1(3), 1-10.

Associations and Affiliations

Indigenous and Tribal Social Work Educators Association
International Association of Schools of Social Work
Council on Social Work Education

Lacey Sloan

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Sexual rights
  • Social work education
  • Social work in Islamic contexts


  • PhD in Social Work from University of Texas


  • 802-656-8800
Office Location:

Waterman 443