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.


SANDRA POSADA, LCSW, ACSW, is the field coordinator for the US Army - Fayetteville State University Master of Social Work Program, Fort Sam Houston, TX.   Her MSW is from the University of Houston and a bachelor's degree from St. Mary's University of San Antonio.  Social work academic affiliations have been with University of Houston, Our Lady of the Lake University, Texas State University, and University of Texas at San Antonio with just under 20 years of experience with field education.  She has had numerous leadership positions at the state and national levels.  She served in the Individual Ready Reserve as an Army Medical Social Work Officer for 7 years with a call to active duty in support of Desert Storm. She has served as the Chair of the Council on Field Education of the Council on Social Work Education (2008 - 2012).

SHARON C. LYTER, is professor at Kutztown University, teaching BSW and MSW level courses. She earned the Master of Social Work degree at Temple University and the PhD at Rutgers University (Social Work with minor in Abnormal Psychology). She served as director of field education, southern region, for Rutgers University and served two terms with the Council on Field Education of the Council on Social Work Education.  She is the author or co-author of scholarship in behavioral health (three book chapters, five journal articles, three international workshops). On field education, she has authored or co-authored seven journal articles including one on home visit safety and has conducted numerous national and regional workshops aimed at reducing risks to social workers. Her most recent publication is a Field Note in the Journal of Social Work Education (2012) titled Potential of field education as signature pedagogy: The field director role.

SHEILA R. DENNIS, MSW is currently serving as the interim director of field education at Indiana University School of Social Work, overseeing BSW and MSW field education for 6 campuses and an online MSW program.  Possessing a BSW, MSW, and pursuing a PhD in social work, Sheila’s educational focus has been anchored in the social work profession. Since 2004, she has taught social work courses and facilitated field education at Indiana University, Anderson University, and Royal Holloway University of London, where she also received a postgraduate certificate in teaching and learning.  Sheila has presented on field assessment approaches at the annual Baccalaureate Program Directors (BPD) conference and the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting 2010-2012.  She is a member of the BPD Field Committee.  Her current research interests and publications include issues of diversity and the epistemology of social work assessment.



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.