Department of Social Work and Human Services

The Department of Social Work and Human Services offers an undergraduate degree in Human Services as well as the graduate Master of Social Work. Additionally, the department offers the Child Advocacy certification and the Nonprofit Leadership certificate which are open to both majors and non-majors.


  • Student Presentations

    Human Services Spring 2016 students presented their advanced internship research project posters. Students who completed the requirements for the CAST and NLA programs were awarded their certificates of achievement, and many students shared with faculty the employment opportunities waiting for them upon graduation.  
  • DFCS Subgrant

    The MSW program is in receipt of a Title IV-E subgrant from the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) through the efforts of Drs. Kirk and McClatchey. The grant for the academic year 2016-2017 supports full tuition and a stipend of $5,000 each for 5 students who will study child welfare. Upon graduation, the grant recipients are committed to working for DFCS for two years.
  • Human Services Program Coordinator

    We are delighted to welcome Dr. Steve King into his new role as Human Services Program Coordinator. He has a Ph.D. in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Before coming to KSU he provided a variety of community based behavioral health care services for over 20 years. 
  • Scholarship & Research Grants

    Faculty received a $50,000 grant from the Fitzgerald Foundation for scholarship and course design. In addition, a $10,000 grant from Help for Children was awarded to Drs. L. Johnson and J. Lance.
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MSW Program Orientation for Fall: The MSW Program Orientation for new students is August 17-18, 2016 in the Atrium of Prillaman Hall.

Welcome New Faculty: Professor Pamela Bridgeman and Professor Naynette Kennett.

  • Pamela Bridgeman, LCSW, MA

    Pamela is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and owner of A Healing Journey Counseling & Consultation, LLC.  Her formal education includes a Master’s degree in Social Work from UGA, a Master’s degree in Human Relations from Pacific Lutheran University, a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Montevallo, and Systematic Theology training at Beulah Heights University. 
  • Naynette Kennett, LCSW

    Naynette is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in GA, CA and TN. She has a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton and a Master’s of Social Work from California State University, Long Beach. She teaches courses in both the HS and MSW programs. Her research interests include working with children and families in foster care, mental health, and trauma.  


  • Child Advocacy Studies (CAST)

    Earn a certificate in Child Advocacy Studies which focuses on developing students’ understanding of the numerous factors that lead to child maltreatment and of existing responses to incidents of child maltreatment. For more information CLICK HERE.
    • Impact Lives

      Your contribution to the Department of Social Work and Human Services helps us to create opportunities for our students and our community.