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.


LYNDA SOWBEL, PhD, LCSW-C, associate professor of social work and director of field education at Hood College in Frederick Maryland, is an experienced clinician, field instructor, educator and researcher. She served on task forces for the Maryland Licensing Board on Maryland Ethics Regulations and Licensing Reciprocity. Her work on ambivalence in field education, and inflation of field performance ratings has been published in the Journal of Social Work Education, and gerontology articles have been published in the Journal of Gerontological Social Work, and the Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work. She gave the keynote address at the University of Wisconsin’s Social Work Field Conference. She has been appointed to the Council on Field Education of the Council on Social Work Education.

LYNN KAERSVANG, MSW, retired professor of social work from Metropolitan State University of Denver where she directed the field education program for 18 years.  Professor Kaersvang served as a member of the Council on Field Education of the Council on Social Work Education and the Baccalaureate Program Directors Field Committee. She authored and co-authored training manuals on case management in child abuse, joint child abuse investigations by law enforcement and child protection, and interagency work with youth.  She trained professionals in Colorado and nationally on supervision and management issues in social services and child abuse investigations.  Her teaching and research focus included field education, ethics, practice, women's issues, and supervision.

MARION BOGO ,MSW, Adv. Dip. SW, is professor, former dean, and formerly field practicum coordinator at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto.  Her research focuses on field education and the development and testing of innovative approaches to assessment of student competence.  She has published over 100 journal articles and book chapters on field education and social work practice.  Her recent book Achieving Competence in Social Work through Field Education (2010) further develops field education principles presented in the seminal text The Practice of Field Instruction in Social Work (1998, 2nd edition, co-author).   With co-authors Julianne Wayne and Miriam Raskin their paper on Field Education as the Signature Pedagogy received the Journal of Social Work Education best conceptual article award, 2010. 

MARTHA L. ELLISON, MSW, PhD, has been a field director for 22 of her 24 years as a social work educator.  She was a field director at three institutions: Winthrop University, Missouri Western State University, and Union College (current institution).  She has published eleven articles in peer reviewed journals, such as The Clinical Supervisor, Journal of Social Work Education, and the Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work with most of those publications focused on field education. Her dissertation focused on identifying the effective and ineffective behavior of field instructors in their work with field students from the students’ perspective. She is a member of the Baccalaureate Program Directors Field Committee.

MICHAEL J. HOLOSKO, PhD, University of Pittsburgh, MSW, University of Toronto, holds the endowed chair as the Pauline M. Berger Professor of Family and Child Welfare at The University of Georgia, School of Social Work. He has taught across the undergraduate and graduate curriculum in schools of: social work (primarily), nursing, public administration, and applied social science in Canada, the United States, Hong Kong, Sweden, Australia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.  For the past 35 years, he has been a consultant to a variety of large and small health and human service organizations in the areas of: program evaluation, outcomes, accreditation, organizational development, communication, leadership, visioning, organizational alignment, and stress management. 

MIRIAM RASKIN, EdD, MSW, ACSW, is professor emerita and served on the faculty of George Mason University, Department of Social Work for more than 35 years. She served as the Field Director for 17 years and as Department Chair for 14 years. She is a founding member of the Baccalaureate Program Directors Field Committee and the Mid-Atlantic field consortium. She has chaired accreditation site teams for Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and published numerous articles on field education in top tier refereed journals. She has edited a book on Field Education, Empirical Studies in Field Instruction, and presented at major state, national and international conferences. She also serves as a manuscript reviewer for three social work journals.

NANCY TRANTHAM POE is an associate professor of social work and family studies at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Nancy holds a BA in sociology from Roanoke College, an MSW with a concentration in child and family welfare from Virginia Commonwealth University, and a PhD in human development specializing in family studies with a graduate certificate in gerontology from Virginia Tech. She has served as field liaison in social work programs at James Madison University, University of Maryland Baltimore County, Radford University (Virginia), and Mansfield University of Pennsylvania where she also served as Director of Field for the BSW program. She has written social work pedagogy including the field seminar and students experiencing client death during practicum.

PAGE WALKER BUCK, PHD, MSS is an assistant professor and chair of the Graduate Social Work Department of West Chester University.  She is former chair of the field practicum curriculum. With a background in community work, she teaches courses on foundation-level practice, groups, organizations, communities and diversity, while also serving as a field liaison.  Her scholarship focuses on both field education and the silent epidemic of mild traumatic brain injury.


RAYMIE WAYNE, PhD, JD, MSW, is the associate dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, and an associate professor of social work at the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, CT.  Prior to becoming associate dean, she served as department chair and baccalaureate program director for the Department of Social Work and Latino Community Practice.  Much of her scholarship centers on the intersection of social work and law.  Topics of study include legal issues in field education, child welfare and therapeutic jurisprudence.   She earned her PhD from the University at Albany, her JD from the University of Connecticut, and her MSW from Fordham University.

RIVA ZEFF, MSW, is the field director since 2006 in the undergraduate social work program at Seattle University.  She was both a field liaison for three years and a field instructor since the 1980’s. She has co-authored and presented on field instructor orientation, academic writing, and assessing core competencies and learning.  She is a member of both Baccalaureate Program Directors Field Committee and the Council on Field Education of the Council on Social Work Education where she trains new field directors at the annual meetings.  Ms. Zeff coordinates the Northwest Field Director's Consortium.



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.