Faculty

Our faculty of full-time professors and supporting contract teachers is large enough to offer experience in a diverse range of areas, but small enough to allow students to get to know each faculty member. We strive to offer a quality program for our majors, including a wide range of class options and small class sizes. Our mission is to train competent and ethical professionals who serve their communities, pursue social justice, value all people and embody integrity.
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Darold Bigger

Social Work Interim Dean

(509) 527-2389

darold.bigger@wallawalla.edu

Education

  • B.A. & M.S.W Walla Walla College
  • M.Div. Andrews University 
  • Ph.D. Claremont Theology and Personality


Susan B. Smith

DSW Program Director

Professor of Social Work and Sociology

(509) 527-2443

susan.smith@wallawalla.edu 

Education

  • BS Southern College
  • MSW Florida International University
  • PhD Andrews University
  • LICSW

Teaching Areas

Mental Health and Social Work Practice

Research/Interests

  • Qualitative Study of the Experiences of Vietnam Prisoners of War
  • Impact of Mental Health First Aid Training on Resident Assistants

Hobbies

Spending time with family, traveling and reading

Other

Service

  • Board of Directors and Volunteer, REACH, Tacoma, Washington 
  • Board of Directors, Housing Groups Board, Walla Walla, Washington      
  • Mental Health First Aid Community Training

Professional Memberships/Affiliations

  • Baccalaureate Program Director
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • National Association of Deans and Directors Schools of Social Work
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Pi Lambda Theta – Honor Society in Education
  • Phi Alpha—Honor Society in Social Work

Faculty Awards

  • NASW-WA Social Worker of the Year Award 2019
  • National Academic Advising Association, Outstanding Faculty Advisor, 2011
  • Walla Walla University Excellence in Advising Award, 2010
  • Walla Walla University Community Service Award, 2010
  • NASW Washington Chapter, Educator of the Year Award, 2007

Jim Boyd

MSW Program Director 
Professor of Social Work and Sociology

(509) 527-2367 

jim.boyd@wallawalla.edu

Education

  • BA, Communication & Media
  • MSW
  • PhD, Organization and Management

Teaching Areas

  • Practice with Individuals
  • Advanced Practice with Groups
  • Social Work, Religion and Spirituality
  • Attachment Theory
  • Marriage and Family Life

Research/Interests

  • Attachment and Leadership
  • Pedagogy of Social Work, Religion and Spirituality

Marriage, Family, Men’s Mental Health, Horses, Sheep and “Squirrels”

Other

Faculty Awards

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Professional Memberships/Affiliations

  • Council on Social Work Education

Service

  • Church Music Ministry
  • Home Church Ministry
  • Men’s Ministry

Emily Tillotson

BSW Program Director
Assistant Professor of Social Work and Sociology

(509) 527-2705

emily.tillotson@wallawalla.edu 

Education

  • BSW Walla Walla University, 1997
  • MSW Walla Walla University, 2000
  • DSW University of Southern California (expected completion 2020)
  • LICSW

Teaching Areas
Inequality, race and gender, criminal justice and social work practice

    Research/Interests
    Race and ethnicity, families and parenting and mental health

      Hobbies
      Gardening, cooking, tennis

      Other

      Professional Memberships/Affiliations

      • NASW
      • CSWE

      Faculty Awards

      • 2015 Walla Walla University Community Service Award

      Service

      • President Elect NASW-Washington Chapter
      • Walla Walla Housing Authority Commissioner

      Cindee Bailey

      Professor of Social Work and Sociology

      (509) 527-2552

      cindee.bailey@wallawalla.edu

      Education

      • MSW Walla Walla University
      • MPH Loma Linda University
      • PhD Oregon State University

      Teaching Areas

      Parents and children, play therapy and spiritual development

        Research/Interests

        “Can a Christian social worker be a contemplative?”  

          Hobbies

          Family time, raising animals, reading and keeping up with God and friends

          Other

          Faculty Awards

          • Advising Award
          • multiple teaching awards

          Cheris Current 

          Professor of Social Work and Sociology

          (509) 527-2903 

          cheris.current@wallawalla.edu 

          Education

          • PhD 
          • MA

          Bob Gardner

          Professor of Social Work and Sociology

          (509) 527-2512

          robert.gardner@wallawalla.edu

          Education

          • PhD University of Utah, 1977

          Teaching Areas
          General sociology, sociological theory, sociology seminar, social research methods, social policy and advocacy

          Research/Interests
          The Social Transformation of Seventh-day Adventist Medicine and Health Care, Church and Sect in Postmodern America, Navajo Health Disparities

          Hobbies
          Traveling, indigenous art, reading, skiing and golf

          Other

          Professional Memberships/Affiliations  

          • Pacific Sociological Association

          Service

          • Walla Walla University Seventh-day Adventist Church

          Deisy Haid

          Field Education Director
          Assistant Professor of Social Work and Sociology

          (509) 527-2472 

          deisy.haid@wallawalla.edu

          Education

          • LCSW Oregon
          • BSW Walla Walla University
          • MSW Walla Walla University

          Teaching Areas
          Field education

            Research/Interests

            Crisis intervention and stabilization, children psychiatric residential, juvenile justice, child welfare and adoptions, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, child and family therapy, collaborative problem solving and wraparound 

            Hobbies
            Family time, making authentic Mexican food, reading, playing sports/exercising and binge watching Netflix

            Other

            Professional Memberships/Affiliations

            • Charter member of the National Honor Society of Social Work Students PI XI Chapter since 2009

            Faculty Awards                               

            • Community Partner of the Month Award from Clackamas County Behavioral Health Division—2016
            • Clinician of the Month Award from Clackamas County Behavioral Health Division—2012

            Service

            • Hispanic and Latino Faculty and Staff Association—2018–current
            • Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Volunteer—2017–current 
            • Hispanic Interagency Networking Team and Gang Violence Task Force—2012-2013

            Heather Rodriguez

            Assistant Professor of Social Work and Sociology

            (509) 527-2359

            heather.rodriguez@wallawalla.edu

            Education

            • BSW Walla Walla University, 1999
            • MSW Walla Walla University, 2000
            • LICSW

            Teaching Areas

            Psychopathology, advanced clinical practice with individuals, advanced clinical practice with couples and families, clinical treatment of trauma, clinical treatment of children and adolescents and foundational practice with couples and families 

            Hobbies

            Travel, photography, painting, antiquing, music and being a tea enthusiast

            Other

            Professional Memberships/Affiliations

            • Phi Alpha Honor Society for Social Work 

            Service

            • Member of Suicide Prevention Work Group (SPWG) Leadership Team/Coalition
            • Chair of Walla Walla Diversity Coalition
            • Member of Community Resilience Initiative (CRI)
            • Weekly volunteer for Triple Point Walla Walla with Children’s Home Society of Washington

            Heather Vonderfecht

            Associate Professor of Social Work and Sociology

            (509) 527-2584

            heather.vonderfecht@wallawalla.edu

            Education

            • BS Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA; Psychology
            • MA Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC; Psychology
            • MSW Walla Walla College, College Place WA; Clinical Social Work
            • PhD Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO; Clinical Psychology

            Teaching Areas

            Research and evidence based practice, direct social work practice with individuals, families, and groups, looking at how culture distinguishes physical and psychological/neurological differences from disabilities

            Research/Interests

            The medicalizing problems caused by living in a stressful environment and the willingness of our culture to label individual differences as “diseases,” leading to unnecessary and potentially harmful pharmacological intervention, rather than addressing root causes which are often socio-environmental in nature

            Hobbies

            Gardening, Healthy Cooking, Reading

            Other

            Faculty Awards

            • WWU Distinguished Teaching Award, Walla Walla University

            Staff

            Teri Bozeman

            Administrative Assistant

            (509) 527-2273

            teri.bozeman@wallawalla.edu

            Hobbies

            Collecting antiques, repurposing things, collecting various memorabilia, foraging and collecting rocks, fungi, or medicinal plants

            Other

            Message to Students

            Hello, my name is Teri Bozeman, I was born in Loma Linda California, and am a mother of three and a grandmother (currently) of two. Many of you may know, or become acquainted with, my eldest son Brandon Aberle who works as IT Director of Client Services here at the University. It was during my frequent travels to visit him here, from Boise, Idaho that my husband and I decided to build our retirement home in Touchet. Our travel distance remains reasonably close to my daughter and two granddaughters in Coeur D' Alene and youngest son who resides still in Boise, Idaho.

            If you are an outdoor enthusiast, we may cross paths along the way, as I enjoy foraging and collecting of rocks, fungi, or medicinal plants. I also collect antiques, repurposed, and various memorabilia to maintain an antique booth here locally. Although a busy life, my main agenda is to live balanced life spiritually, physically, mentally, and in all that, I do.

            As new hire here at the University, I am enthusiastic to have joined the wonderful team in the department of Social Work as Administrative Assistant. I am proud to represent and work for those professors or students who commemorate interest in the value or integrity of all people. As an opportunist, and as God continues to bless me, I look forward toward achieving new goals and meeting each one of you.

            Doreena Drury 

            MSW Program Assistant
            Curriculum Advisor

            (509) 527-2590

            doreena.drury@wallawalla.edu

            Hobbies

            Crochet and embroidery, jigsaw puzzles, word puzzles, Teddy bears, playing the piano (for amusement and therapy since leaving California 20 years ago), spending time with family—especially grandchildren

            Other

            Staff Awards

            • Staff Member of the Year Award, 2015

            Service

            I have been working for Walla Walla University in the School of Social Work and Sociology since 1998—when it was Walla Walla College—making lasting friends with, and helping literally hundreds of students make it to the graduation finish line with their MSW degrees.

            Message to students

            This little poem has been the mantra of my life since high school days at Gem State Academy: 

            “God has a thousand ways, where I cannot see one. When all my means have reached their end, His have just begun.” --Esther Guyot. A little longer version of “Let go and let God,” and a much older version!


            Marianne Goltz

            Business Manager

            Recruitment Coordinator

            (509) 527-2763
            marianne.goltz@wallawalla.edu

            Hobbies

            Working out, stationary biking, yard work and keeping in touch with Jesus

            Other

            Service

            • Member and Recording Secretary of Diversity Council
            • Sabbath School Periodicals Secretary
            • Song Leader at Chan Shun Sabbath School 

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