Social Work Field Directors

our Contributing Authors



The chapter authors are expert researchers, field directors, liaisons, and teachers.   We owe them a great debt for their willingness to share their collective wisdom, honor our requests for re-writes, and wait long periods with little action.  The collection builds on the hard work of other researchers and field directors who have made contributions prior to the publication of this book.  Our gratitude is extended to Sonia Roschelli and Amanda Nelson for their scholarly contributions.   We thank the BPD Field Committee and CSWE Council on Field Education for their support and encouragement.   We are very grateful that Lyceum gave us the opportunity to spend time writing and reflecting about our passion, field education.  Finally, we give a huge thanks to our families, especially Sam, Scott, and Ira, who made sacrifices during the preparation of the book.


CAROLYN KNIGHT, PhD, MSW, is a professor of social work in the School of Social Work, University of Maryland Baltimore County.   She teaches the social work methods courses in the undergraduate program and has served as a faculty field liaison for many years. She is a licensed social worker with thirty years of experience- most of it pro bono- working individually and in groups with adult survivors of childhood trauma, particularly sexual abuse. She is the author of two books and numerous articles and book chapters on working with survivors of childhood trauma in group and individual treatment.  She also has written extensively on topics ranging from classroom and field education in social work, group work education and practice, and the use of self-disclosure in clinical practice.

CINDY HUNTER, MSW, LSW, is an associate professor and the director of field placement in the Department of Social Work at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.  She teaches an integrative field seminar and serves as a field liaison. She is co-chair of the Baccalaureate Program Directors Field Committee and has trained new field directors since 2009. She is a member of the Mid-Atlantic Field Consortium and leads a Virginia satellite branch of that consortium. She has recently been appointed to the Council on Field Education of the Council of Social Work Education. Publications and presentations focus on field education, field seminar, and generalist practice. Her MSW is from Howard University.

DEAN PIERCE is emeritus director of Office of Social Work Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education. He holds an MSW from West Virginia University and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley. Early in his career he served as field education director for four programs. Prior to his retirement in 2009 as director of the Office of Social Work Accreditation for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), he served as the CSWE staff person for its field education committee.  He has published two textbooks, one on policy practice, and several articles on lesbian gay issues. He was the 2009 recipient of the "Field is the Heart of Social Work Education" award from North American Network of Field Educators and Directors.

DENICE GOODRICH LILEY has an MSW, MS in Gerontology, and a PhD in Social Work. She is an associate professor of social work at Boise State University School of Social Work in Boise, Idaho.  She teaches courses primarily in social work practice, aging, and end-of-life.   She is licensed in clinical social work practice and holds NASW licenses of ACSW, Diplomate and Clinical Practice in Gerontology.  She serves nationally on the Council on Field Education of the Council on Social Work Education and is associate editor for field education for the journal Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping. She has published numerous articles in the areas of student development in field practicum and aging and is a regular contributor to New Social Work Magazine.

GINNY TERRY RAYMOND has a BS in Sociology, MSW from Tulane University, and PhD in Social Work from the University of Denver.  She has post-MSW practice experience in mental health and school social work.  She recently retired as faculty emerita after 37 years with the University of Alabama School of Social Work, where she taught BSW, MSW and PhD classes while also serving as a field liaison, eight years as a field instructor, seven years as chair of the BSW program, and ten years as associate dean.  She was elected to the Board of Directors of the Baccalaureate Program Directors and elected twice to the Board of Directors of the Council on Social Work Education.  She served as a CSWE accreditation site visitor and team chair and as a consultant to BSW programs.  She has published numerous articles, primarily in social work education journals, and two book chapters.

JANET BRADLEY, MSS, MLSP,is the director of field education for the undergraduate Social Work Department of West Chester University.  She is a member of the Baccalaureate Program Directors Field Committee and a former member of the Council on Field Education of the Council on Social Work Education.  Her scholarship focuses on field education and she recently co-authored an article with Page Buck, Lydia Robb and Rachel Shapiro Kirzner on the Complex and Competing Demands in Field Education.

JEFFREY SKINNER, MDiv, Vanderbilt, MSSW, University of Tennessee, LCSW, is a senior academic professional at the School of Social Work at The University of Georgia where he coordinates the BSW field education program, teaches practice courses in the BSW program as well as clinical courses in the MSW program. He has co-authored book chapters and articles in the areas of human behavior, practice and theory relationships, person- centered therapy, and field education. He has also presented at Baccalaureate Program Directors and Council on Social Work Education’s annual meetings on field education and BSW pedagogy. Prior to entering academia, he practiced as a clinical social worker and program manager for over 30 years. He has practiced in public and private agencies and in private practice. His area of practice interest is adolescent individual and family therapy and post adoption adjustment. He has managed EAP programs and direct managed care programs at a private family service agency. He was a post-masters social work fellow at the Menninger Foundation.

JULIA K. MOEN, MSW, LICSW, is former associate professor of undergraduate social work education at Bethel University in St. Paul, Minnesota. For 25 years she served as the field director and taught social work practice, field seminar, and policy. She also maintained a clinical practice in the University Counseling Center. She has been in leadership roles for the Minnesota Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and the Minnesota Conference on Social Work Education. She served on the Baccalaureate Program Directors Field Committee and has trained new field directors at the annual conference since 2005. Her conference papers and presentations focus on field education, international partnerships, and supervision. She has two publications. Her MSW degree is from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and she currently practice hopsice medical social work and holds a clinical practice.

Acknowledgements to Anthony Bibus, PhD who graciously gave his time and expertise to offer feedback on selected chapters; Alan Dettlaff, PhD who provided encouragement to begin this important work, and Diane Dovenberg, a master teacher and supervisor. Thanks to Scott, Nick, and Kristin for their love and support.

JULIANNE WAYNE, EdD, MSW, is currently associate professor and director of field education at the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. Prior to joining the University of Connecticut faculty, she spent 23 years at the Boston University School of Social work as a member of the group work sequence, director of field education and later as associate dean. In all, she has provided educational and administrative leadership in field education for nearly 30 years.  She is widely published in the areas of social work education, field education and social group work practice. She was able to integrate these academic arenas in the co-authored book (with Carol Cohen), Group Work Education in the Field.

LISA RICHARDSON, MSS, LICSW, is the director of MSW field education and associate professor in the School of Social Work at St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas.  She teaches the integrative field seminar and clinical supervision courses in the Masters in Social Work program, coordinates the field placement program and provides training for field instructors.   Prior to coming to the university setting,  Lisa spent 15 years in clinical social work practice, working as a therapist, case manager, mental health consultant, team leader, program director and clinical director.  She has provided professional training in local, regional and international settings, and is a consulting editor and contributing author for The Field Educator journal.  She is co-chair of the North American Network of Field Educators and Directors, and assistant-chair of the Council on Field Education of the Council on Social Work Education.



Note: Cover design and material from Social Work Field Directors: Foundations for Excellence
by C.A. Hunter, J. K. Moen, and M. S. Raskin (Eds.), (2014) Chicago: Lyceum.
Copyright 2014 by Lyceum Books, Inc. Reprinted with permission.