Professors Emeriti

Rebecca L Hegar, Professor

  • Years Served: 1997-2018
  • Ph.D. in Social Work, Tulane University School of Social Work
  • MSSW in Social Work, University of Texas at Austin
  • BA in Political Science/English Literature, University of Texas at Austin
  • Areas of Expertise: Child Welfare, Kinship Care, Supervision and Mid-level Management, Social Work History, Social Work and Law

Fran Danis, Associate Professor

  • Years Served: 2008-2014
  • Ph.D. in Social Welfare, Case Western Reserve University
  • MSW in Social Welfare, Stony Brook University, New York
  • BS, Stony Brook University, New York
  • Areas of Expertise: Domestic and sexual violence, crime victim services, resiliency of abuse survivors

Doreen Elliott, Professor

  • Years Served: 1986-1987 and 1988-2014
  • Ph.D. 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, Professor

  • Years Served: 1975-2013
  • Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education, Education Department University of Iowa
  • MSW in Social Work, School of Social Wok,  University of Iowa
  • BA in Social Studies, Graceland College
    NASW Social Work Pioneer

Ski Hunter, Professor

  • Years Served: 1971-2013
  • Ph.D. 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, Professor

  • Years Served: 1974-2012
  • Ph.D. 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, Professor

  • 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, Associate Professor

  • 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

  • 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, Professor

  • 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, Professor

  • 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, Professor

  • 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, Professor

  • 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, Professor

  • 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, Professor

  • 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, Professor

  • 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, Professor

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

Fernando G. Torgerson, Professor

  • 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

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