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Faculty and Staff

Professors Emeriti

Yvonne Butler

Yvonne Butler
Years Served: 1999-2015
MSW in Social Work, Wayne State University
BA in Sociology and Psychology, Wayne State University

Larry Watson

Larry Watson
Years Served: 2000-2015
PhD in Public Administration 
MSW in Social Work
MA in Criminal Justice Administration, Sam Houston State University
BS in Education, Texas Tech University

Doreen Elliott

Doreen Elliott
Years Served: 1986-1987 and 1988-2014
PhD in Social Work, University of Wales, Cardiff, UK
Advanced Diploma in the Educational Rehabilitation of Young People, University of London, England
BA Honors in History, University of London, England
Areas of Expertise: International Social Work, Social Development, Human Rights and Social Justice, Human Migration, Social Work Education

Don Granvold

Don Granvold
Years Served: 1975-2013
PhD in Social Foundations of Education, Education Department University of Iowa
MSW in Social Work, School of Scoial Work University of Iowa
BA in Social Studies, Graceland College

Ski Hunter

Ski Hunter
Years Served: 1971-2013
PhD in Social Work, Ohio State University
MSW in Social Work, San Diego State University
MS in Psychology, North Texas State University
BA in Political Science, North Texas State University

Thomas D. Watts

Thomas D. Watts
Years Served: 1974-2012
PhD in Social Work, Tulane University
MSW, Arizona State University
BA in History, Wichita State University
Areas of Expertise: Social welfare policy and services, comparative and international social welfare and Urban Native Americans


Richard Schoech
Years Served: 1977-2012
Ph.D., University of Texas at Arlington
M.S.S.W., University of Texas at Arlington
B.A., Psychology, University of Texas, Austin
Area of Expertise: Human services information and communication technology, care giver support systems, gamification.


Joan R. Rycraft
Years Served: 1995-2011
Ph.D., University of Denver, Denver, Colorado
Masters of Social Work , California State University, Fresno, California
B.A., Social Welfare and Corrections, California State University, Chico, California
Area of Expertise: Research, administration, child welfare and youth policy.


Santos H. Hernández
Professor Emeritus & Dean Emeritus Years Served: 1998-2011
Ph.D., University of Denver
M.S.S.W., Our Lady of the Lake University of San Antonio
B.A., Our Lady of the Lake University of San Antonio
Area of Expertise: International social work, cross cultural social work practice, mental health and generalist social work practice.


Wayne D. Duehn
Years Served: 1970-2008
Ph.D., Washington University
M.S.W., Loyola University
B.A., North Central College
Area of Expertise: Child and Vulnerable Adult Sexual Abuse, Adoption and Foster Care, Human Sexuality, Sex Offender Assessment and Treatment
NASW Social Work Pioneer


James W. Callicutt
Years Served: 1967-2007
Ph.D., Brandeis University
M.S.S.W., University of Tennessee
B.S., Memphis State College
Area of Expertise: Mental health policy, Social work education
NASW Social Work Pioneer


Charles H. Mindel
Years Served: 1976-2006
Ph.D., University of Illinois, Urbana
M.A., University of Illinois, Urbana
B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook
Area of Expertise: Research, Statistics and Program Evaluation


Nazneen S. Mayadas
Years Served: 1972-2006
D.S.W., Washington University
M.S.S.W., Western Reserve University
M.A., University of Allahabad
B.A., University of Lucknow (India)
Area of Expertise: International Social Work, Group Work and Social Development
NASW Social Work Pioneer


Pedro J. Lecca
Years Served: 1979-1995
Ph.D., University of Mississippi
M.S., Long Island University
B.S., Fordham University
Area of Expertise: Health Care and Health Care Management


M. Coleen Shannon
Years Served: 1970-2001
Ph.D., Texas Woman’s University
M.S.W., Tulane University
B.A., Texas Christian University
Area of Expertise: Biofeedback and Stress Management


Peter G. Gaupp
Years Served: 1967-1993
Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
M.S.S.W., University of Texas, Austin
B.S., Southwestern University
Area of Expertise: Health Care Planning and Policy and Social Welfare Research


John J. Litrio
Years Served: 1968-1987
M.S.W., Fordham University
B.S., Syracuse University
Area of Expertise: Human Behavior


Fernando G. Torgerson
Dean Emeritus Founding Dean Years Served: 1967-1977
Ph.D., Social Work, University of Minnesota
M.S., Social Work, Columbia University
B.A., Education, State Teachers College, Minot, North Dakota
Area of Expertise: Health Care Administration and Workforce in Social Welfare Organizations