Our BSW program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education 

Join a profession that provides positive change for individuals and groups!

The diverse range of skills you receive in the program will prepare you to work in both public and private settings with an array of clients.

Our SW classes are scheduled to fit your lifestyle. Classes meet in late afternoon and may also be offered as a hybrid or online class. In our small class sizes you get to know your professors who bring a broad range of professional knowledge and experiences to the classroom setting.

The Social Work Certificate is offered at three locations: Livonia, and Gaylord. 



BSW Degree

 A (BSW) degree prepares students for generalist practice, and graduates are eligible for licensure (LBSW) in the state of Michigan. The diverse range of skills you receive in the program will prepare you to work in both public and private settings with an array of clients.

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Sociology involves the study of social change, social life, diverse communities, and their interactions. You will develop a greater understanding of our globalized society. 

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Addiction Studies Certificate

The Addiction Studies program provides a comprehensive overview of the dynamics of substance- and non-substance-related addictions, treatment, and prevention. To a significant degree, the coursework meets the educational requirements of the Michigan Certification Board of Addiction Professionals (MCBAP)

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Faculty Bios

Irena Glover She/Her

Chair, Social Work Department

Director, MSW Program

Associate Professor, Social Work

B.A., University of Detroit Mercy

M.S.W, Wayne State University

Ph.D., Walden University



Irena Glover She/Her

Irena Glover, Ph.D., LMSW, joined the Social Work Department at Madonna University in August 2017 as an Assistant Professor. She earned a BA in Developmental Psychology from the University of Detroit Mercy in 1998. She went on to earn her MSW in 2000 from Wayne State University. In 2016, Irena earned her Ph.D. in Human Services with a specialization in Family Studies and Intervention Strategies.

Prior to arriving at Madonna, Irena worked in various settings, including Children’s Hospital of Michigan and the Family Reunification Program. She also has experience with nonprofit and program development. Her interests include parenting education, father engagement, working with at-risk children and youth, intergenerational issues such as poverty and teenage pregnancy, and individual and family counseling.

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Sarah Jo Twitchell She/HerBSW Program Director, Associate Professor, Social Work

B.A., University of Toledo

M.S.S.A., Case Western Reserve University

Ph.D., University of Toledo



Sarah Jo Twitchell She/Her

Sarah Jo Twitchell holds her LISW-S license in Ohio and joined the Social Work faculty in August 2016 as an Assistant Professor. Dr. Twitchell earned her MSSA from Case Western Reserve University and her doctorate from The University of Toledo. Before arriving at Madonna University, Dr. Twitchell has also taught social work courses at Owens Community College and Glenville State College in West Virginia. In addition to teaching at the college level, Dr. Twitchell serves as a consultant to various non-profits in the areas of development and grant writing. She has held numerous positions in Toledo area agencies focusing on homelessness, poverty, education and faith-based services.

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Cathryn Fabian She/HerAssociate Professor, Social Work

B.A., San Francisco State University

M.S.W & Ph.D., University of Michigan



Cathryn Fabian She/Her

Cathryn Fabian joined the Social Work faculty at Madonna University in 2017 as an Assistant Professor. She earned both her MSW (Community Organization/Community and Social Systems) and her Ph.D. (Social Work and Psychology) from the University of Michigan.

Prior to coming to Madonna, Dr. Fabian was a lecturer at the University of Michigan and at Eastern Michigan University, and was also a research associate at the University of Notre Dame. Her practice experience includes working with homeless and elderly populations, and in community-based program development and evaluation. Dr. Fabian also has expertise on the role of service learning in higher education, particularly as it relates to cognitive and career development.

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Samantha Hallman She/HerAssociate Professor, Social Work

B.A., M.S.W & Ph.D., University of Michigan



Samantha Hallman She/Her

Samantha Hallman joined the faculty at Madonna University in the fall of 2017 as an Assistant Professor of Social Work. Prior to that time, she held a variety of teaching and research positions at the University of Michigan, including a Postdoctoral Assessment and Evaluation position at the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching; a Graduate Student Instructor for several courses in both Social Work and Psychology; and Research Assistant positions at the Institute for Social Research, the School of Education, and the Department of Psychology.

In addition to those roles, she was a Research and Evaluation Manager at the non-profit Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality. She received a B.A. in Psychology with Honors in 2006, a Master's in Social Work in 2008, and a Ph.D. in Social Work and Psychology in 2015 from the University of Michigan. Broadly speaking, her research interests lie in understanding the "achievement gap" and bio-psycho-social models of intervention aimed at ameliorating it. Her dissertation explored the role of self-regulatory strength, in conjunction with expectancy and value, in explaining differences in levels of homework completion as a function of race and socioeconomic status.

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Janice King She/HerAssistant Professor, Social Work
Program Field Education Director

B.A. & M.S.W., Wayne State University



Janice King She/Her

Janice King, LMSW, joined the Social Work Department at Madonna University in 2004 as an adjunct assistant professor. Ms. King earned a MSW in Social Work (organizations and communities) and a BA, in Humanistic Studies at Wayne State University. In August 2014 she became the new Field Education Director for the Social Work program and continues to teach practice method courses in groups and families, and organizations.

Ms. King was previously the Program Manager for the National Resource Center for Adoption at Spaulding for Children, supporting States, Tribes and Territories with relevant practice information in the area of public child welfare adoption, child and family well-being, disproportionality and adoption support and preservation services.

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Dana Holcomb She/Her 

B.S.W., Madonna University

M.S.W., Michigan State

D.S.W., St. Thomas University



Dana Holcomb She/Her

Dana Holcomb is an Assistant Adjunct Professor and Coordinator of the Bachelor of Social Work Distance Learning Program in Gaylord. She joined Madonna University in 2009. Dana completed her BSW from Madonna University in 2003 and her MSW from Michigan State University in 2009. Dana is currently pursuing her DSW from St. Thomas University with an anticipated graduation date of May 2021. Her practice experience includes working with clients impacted by substance abuse and mental health diagnoses as well as families involved in the child welfare system. Dana has experience in program development and evaluation as well as grant writing. Dana’s research focuses on the importance of mentoring within higher education.

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