The Internet has changed the way we find and access information, and social media has changed the way we interact with people. With more than 1.1 billion users on Facebook and over 550 million users on Twitter, social workers must understand these new forms of media and communication to better help their clients and patients. As a resource for students and professionals who are thinking about entering the field of social work, we have compiled a list of top social work professors on Twitter. To qualify for the list, the professors had to be active Twitter users who engaged with their followers. The majority of professors on the list have over 200 followers and at least 400 tweets over a sustained period of time. We definitely recommend following these professors to learn more about the field of social work and to stay current on hot topics.
Since social work has no borders, our list includes professors in the United States as well as professors and academics in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. To make it easier for you to find domestic versus international professors, we have separated our list into two sections.
We plan to update the list quarterly so that we can keep the list current with professors who are active on Twitter. If you know a professor or academic who you think should be added during our next update, please let us know at @onlinemsw.
Social Work Professors at Universities in the United States
Professor Langlois (LICSW) is a teaching associate in psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School and an adjunct professor at Boston College and at the University at Buffalo (SUNY). He earned his MSW from Smith College and has over 4900 followers.
Website: Website, Blog
Dr. Pollack is a professor at the University of Chicago in the School of Social Service Administration. He is also the the co-director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab. Dr. Pollack has over 4,000 followers on twitter.
Dr. Singer is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Temple University. He earned his Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh and his MS in Social Work from the Univ. of Texas at Austin. Dr. Singer has over 3200 followers.
Website: chpsw.temple.edu, Facebook
Dr. Smyth is the dean of the University at Buffalo, School of Social Work. She earned both her Ph.D. and MSW at SUNY Albany. Dr. Smyth is an active tweeter and has over 2,500 followers.
Websites: www.socialwork.buffalo.edu, Blog
Dr. Holden is a professor in the Silver School of Social Work at New York University. He is also the editor of Information for Practice, a community service project at NYU which provides social service professionals news and information.
Websites: socialwork.nyu.edu, Information for Practice
Dr. Greeson is an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice. She also maintains a daily paper.li entitled: The Foster Care Daily, which contains news about foster care and child welfare.
Websites: www.sp2.upenn.edu, Website
Dr. Young is an assistant professor in the Department of Social Work at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. He earned his Ph.D. in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and both a MSW and a MPA from Eastern Washington University.
Professor Dearing is an associate professor and co-chair of macro practice at Boston College in the Graduate School of Social Work. She earned her Master in Public Policy from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government.
Websites: www.bc.edu/schools/gssw/, Website
Dr. Mitchell is an assistant professor at Wayne State University in the School of Social Work. She earned her Ph.D. in Social Work at The Ohio State University and her MSW from the University of Tennessee.
Dr. Sacco is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland in the School of Social Work. He earned his Ph.D. in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and his MSW from Arizona State University.
Dr. Scheyett is the dean of the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina. She earned her Ph.D. in Social Work from Memorial University of Newfoundland and her MSW from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
International Professors and Academics in Social Work
Professor Megele is a senior lecturer in SW and head of practice learning in the Department of Mental Health, SW and Interprofessional Learning at Middlesex University in the UK. She earned her MA in SW from Goldsmiths, University of London.
Website: www.mdx.ac.uk, LinkedIn, @SWSCmedia, @Mhchat
Dr. Webber is an anniversary reader in social work in the Social Policy and Social Work department at the University of York in the UK. His areas of expertise include mental health social work and working with adults with learning disabilities.
Website: www.york.ac.uk, Blog, @YorkICMHSR
Dr. Ferguson is a professor of social work in the School of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Nottingham in the UK. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences.
Professor Taylor is a senior lecturer in the School of Social Work at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK. She has a background in psychiatric social work and worked for a large Hospital Community Trust in Northern Ireland.
Dr. White is a professor of social work in the School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham in the UK. Her areas of expertise include: social work with children and families, child abuse and neglect, and child protection.
Dr. Ungar is a professor in the School of Social Work at Dalhousie University in Canada and the Director of the Resilience Research Centre. He earned his Ph.D. from Wilfred Laurier University and his MSW from McGill University.
Websites: www.dal.ca, Blog
Professor Worsley is the dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Central Lancashire in the UK. He earned his MA in Social Work from the University of East Anglia and his M.Phil from the University of Manchester.
Academic David McKendrick is a lecturer in social work in the School of Health and Life Sciences at Glasgow Caledonian University in the UK. He is currently researching the use of social networking in social work education.
Dr. Pandya-Wood is the head of sociology and a reader in social policy in the School of Social Sciences at Nottingham Trent University in the UK. He earned his Ph.D. in Social Policy from De Montfort University and he also teaches classes in criminology.
Ms. Bartoli is a senior lecturer and Ph.D. candidate at the University of Northampton in the UK. She is the program leader for the MA in Children, Families and Carers program and also teaches classes in the Bachelor of Arts Social Work program.
Dr. Westwood is a senior lecturer in the School of Applied Social Science at the University of Stirling in the UK. She earned her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Central Lancashire and her MA in Social Work from Liverpool University.
Websites: rms.stir.ac.uk, Blog
Dr. Stout is an associate professor in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at the University of Western Sydney in Australia. His areas of expertise include working with and training probation officers and other criminal justice professionals.
Professor Cree is a professor of social work studies in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh in the UK. Her research is focused on several areas including: HIV and children/families and the history of social work.
Website: www.socialwork.ed.ac.uk, Blog
Professor Diver is a senior lecturer in the School of Social Work at the University of Cental Lancashire in the UK. He earned his Dip SW from the University of Huddersfield and his MA from Manchester Polytechnic.
Dr. Beddoe is an associate professor in the School of Counseling, Human Services & Social Work at the University of Auckland in New Zealand. She is also the program leader for the research MSW program.
Website: www.education.auckland.ac.nz, Blog
Dr. Barnoff is an associate professor and director of the School of Social Work at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada. Her research focuses on community-based social services agencies and how to implement anti-oppressive practices.
Please note: We did not add professors for which we could not verify their position at a university.