Our Chairperson

Jan Fook, Ph.D.
Professor, Chair

Jan Fook Welcome to Social Work at the University of Vermont! We offer BSW and MSW programs that are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, and our research and initiatives strive to help meet the most pressing human service needs of the State of Vermont.

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 interdisciplinary and international settings. We prepare students to become reflective, conscientious, lifelong learners and professionals whose practice embodies the skills and values of social work. Our students benefit from our strong community network of professional social work agencies. Vermont, known for its scenic and progressive atmosphere, provides opportunities for individualized learning as well as community engagement.

We hope that you will enjoy learning about our programs described on the website. Please feel free to contact us to learn more and discuss your professional goals.

Our Faculty

Jacquelyn Barna - Senior Lecturer (JB.Barna@uvm.edu)

PRIMARY AFFILIATION: SOCIAL WORK
Areas of Expertise: Social Work field education practices and pedagogy; contemplative practices pedagogy; critical reflection; social work practice from transformative approaches, and organizational culture, change and practices. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Susan Comerford - Associate Professor (Susan.Comerford@uvm.edu)
Susan Comerford, Ph.D.
PRIMARY AFFILIATION: SOCIAL WORK
Areas of Expertise: Adult Learning; Diversity, Access, and Equity; Human Rights; Immigrant Issues; Leadership; Organizational Development; Neurodiversity and the U.S. Education System

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Jan Fook - Professor, Chair
Jan Fook
PRIMARY AFFILIATION: SOCIAL WORK

Jan Fook (BSW, MSW, PhD, FAcSS) has held professorial positions (in social work
education) in Australia, Canada, Norway and the UK. She is most known for her work on
critical social work, practice research and critical reflection and has published
extensively on these topics. Recent publications: Learning critical reflection:
experiences of the transformative learning process (edited with Laura Beres),
Routledge, London & NY, 2020; Becoming Citizens: Perspectives on Social Justice in the 21st Century, (edited with A.Mealey, J. Doherty, & P. Jarvis) Routledge, London, 2018; A. Johns, J. Fook & V. Nath (2019) “Systemic changes to crack the concrete ceiling:
initiatives from the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education” in P. Miller & C. Callendar (eds) Race, Education and Educational Leadership in England: an integrated analysis, Bloomsbury Press, London; J. Fook (2020) “Practice Wisdom and the Sociological Imagination” in J. Higgs (ed) Practice Wisdom. Brill Sense, Leiden & Boston. J. Fook (2017)  “’Being accepted’ and ‘being accepted’”, Social Work with Groups 40:1-2 (161-167).

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Ann Pugh - Senior Lecturer (Ann.Pugh@uvm.edu)
Ann Pugh
PRIMARY AFFILIATION: SOCIAL WORK

Areas of Expertise: Policy Practice; Poverty in the U.S.; Field Education; Ann is also a Vermont State Legislator and Chairs the House Human Services and Joint Child Protection Oversight Committees. 

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Jean Sienkewicz - Lecturer (Jean.Sienkewicz@uvm.edu)
Jean Sienkewicz
PRIMARY AFFILIATION: SOCIAL WORK
Areas of Expertise: Social Work Practice; Field education; LGBTQ+ inclusivity

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Lacey Sloan - Associate Professor (Lacey.Sloan@uvm.edu)
Lacey Sloan
PRIMARY AFFILIATION: SOCIAL WORK
Areas of Expertise: Sexual rights; Social work in Islamic contexts; Social work education

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Brenda Solomon - (Brenda.Solomon@uvm.edu)
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PRIMARY AFFILIATION: SOCIAL WORK

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Christine Velez - Assistant Professor (Christine.Velez@uvm.edu)
Christine Velez
PRIMARY AFFILIATION: SOCIAL WORK
Areas of Expertise: Feminist and critical research methodologies and theory; Sexuality, sexual health and sexual rights issues and communities of color; Anti-racist/anti-oppressive social work practice and education

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Emeritus Faculty

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Fiona Patterson - Associate Professor Emeritus (Fiona.Patterson@uvm.edu)
Fiona Patterson
PRIMARY AFFILIATION: SOCIAL WORK

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Susan Roche - Associate Professor Emeritus (Susan.Roche@uvm.edu)
Susan Roche
PRIMARY AFFILIATION: SOCIAL WORK
Areas of Expertise: Child and Family Welfare; Collaboration; Diversity, Access, and Equity; Group Co-Leadership; Human Rights; Interpersonal Violence; Social Justice; Social Policy

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Our Staff


Kate Ball Clem
Kathryn.Ball@uvm.edu
(802) 656-2504
Business Manager


Kenneth Bechtel
Kenneth.Bechtel@uvm.edu
802-656-1339
Academic Support for the BSW, MSW, and Field programs.

Vermont Child Welfare Training Partnership (CWTP) Staff

Visit the CWTP website to see our staff listing.