Associate Professor

Dr. Lacey Sloan is a wanderer who currently works as an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Vermont. She received her BSW from the University of Mississippi and her MSSW and Ph.D. in social work from The University of Texas at Austin. Her three intertwining areas of scholarship are social work education and practice in Islamic contexts, sexual rights and gender-based violence, and environmental justice.

Over the last 10 years, using local and Indigenous knowledge and decolonizing practices, Dr. Sloan facilitated the development and/or accreditation of two MSW programs (NYC & Abu Dhabi [UAE]) and three BSW programs (NYC; Somalia; and, Qatar). She recently served as a consultant for UNICEF-Somalia and as National Association of Social Work (NASW) Vermont President.

Dr. Sloan serves as a UVM Sustainability Fellow and as a steering committee member for development of the Council on Social Work Education's (CSWE) specialized practice in environmental justice. 

Last summer, she rode her Harley across the US, with plans to ride from Vermont to Vancouver next summer.


Peer Reviewed Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters—last 5 years)

Sloan, L.M. & Schmitz, C.L. (2020). Resilience and the claiming of voice by marginalized communities. In K. Standish, D. Devere, R. Rafferty, & A.E. Suazo (Eds.), Palgrave Handbook of Positive Peace. New York: Palgrave.

Sloan, L.M., Nesmith, A.A. & Schmitz, C.L. (2020). Ch. 8: Decolonizing Nature: An Opportunity to Heal. In Nesmith, A.A., Schmitz, C.L., Machado-Escudero, Y., Billiot, S., Forbes, R.A., Powers, M.C.F., Buckhoy, N., Lawrence, L.A. The Intersection of Environmental Justice, Climate Change, Community, and the Ecology of Life. New York: Springer.

Sloan, L.M., Ross, B., Rotabi, K. & Barise, A. (2020). Developing the Child Protection Workforce: Collaborative Development of Somalia's Certificate, Diploma and Bachelor Degrees in Social Work. British Journal of Social Work.

Sloan, L.M., Joyner, M. & Schmitz, C (2020). Instructor’s Manual: Critical Multiculturalism & Intersectionality in a Complex World. New York: Oxford University Press.

Sloan, L.M. & Schmitz, C.L. (2019). Environmental Degradation: Communities Forging a Path Forward. Journal of Transdisciplinary Peace Praxis. 1(1).

Sloan, L.M., Joyner, M., Stakeman, C. & Schmitz, C. (2018). Critical Multiculturalism & Intersectionality in a Complex World. New York: Oxford University Press.

Souss, I., Sloan, L.M., Inaty-Moussa, J. & Nichols, E. (2018). Our World (A storybook for UAE kindergarten students on tolerance). Abu Dhabi: Zayed University.

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, DOI: 10.1080/15426432.2017.1311247

Associations and Affiliations

  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Indigenous and Tribal Social Work Educators Association
  • International Association of Schools of Social Work
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
Lacey Sloan

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Sexual rights and gender-based violence
  • Social work in Islamic contexts
  • Racial, social, economic and environmental justice


  • PhD in Social Work, University of Texas
  • MSSW,, University of Texas
  • BSW, University of Mississippi


  • 802-656-8800
  • 917-982-6781
Office Location:

Waterman 443