Walden’s Barbara Solomon School of Social Work and Human Services features a distinguished faculty of scholars, researchers, and professionals with public and private sector experience who share a commitment to teaching. They blend academic theory with firsthand knowledge to enrich your learning experience and to broaden your perspectives on the latest issues and best practices.

Academic Leadership

Savitri Dixon-Saxon, Dean, Barbara Solomon School of Social Work and Human Services and School of Counseling
PhD, North Carolina State University; MEd, BA, University of South Carolina

William Barkley, Program Director, MS and PhD in Human Services Programs
PhD, MS, BS,Purdue University.

Melissa J. Earle, Program Director, MSW, DSW, and PhD in Social Work Programs
PhD, The Graduate Center, City University of New York; MSW, State University of New York at Albany; BSW, Skidmore College

Kristin Faix Wilkinson, Program Director, BS Human Services and BS Interdisciplinary Studies
PhD, Walden University, M.S. West Chester University, B.S. Clarion University

Social Work and Human Services Faculty

Faculty members in Walden University’s Barbara Solomon School of Social Work and Human Services represent a diverse group of highly esteemed scholars, researchers, and distinguished professionals from various geographical and cultural backgrounds. You will benefit from their wide range of experience and their ability to meet the needs of adult learners—like you—with challenging curricula and a collaborative learning environment. As a result of the high quality of instruction, Walden students can graduate with the skills and knowledge that are in high demand by employers worldwide.

At Walden’s Barbara Solomon School of Social Work and Human Services, you will learn from expert faculty members who:

  • Integrate their experience as active professionals in their fields into the classroom.
  • Excel at teaching theory, sharing practical knowledge, and demonstrating proven skills.
  • Specialize in collaborating with adult learners in an online learning environment.

Discover details about your program of interest and the online learning experience. Ask questions about the program’s curriculum and requirements and enhance your confidence in choosing Walden to advance your education. Speak to a faculty member from the Barbara Solomon School of Social Work and Human Services today.

Name Program Email
Dr. Bill Barkley  Human Services (U.S. students)  william.barkley@waldenu.edu 
Dr. Barbara Benoliel  Human Services (international students) barbara.benoliel@waldenu.edu
Dr. Melissa Earle Social Work (U.S, and international students) melissa.earle@waldenu.edu

Binta Alleyne, PhD, University of Tennessee; MA, BA, Clark Atlanta University

George Ayers, DSW, Tulane University; MSSW, Virginia Commonwealth University; BS, The College of William & Mary

Barbara Benoliel, PhD, Walden University; MS, Tel Aviv University, Israel; BA, University of Toronto, Canada

Mary Bold, PhD, MS, Texas Woman’s University; BA, Syracuse University

Keith Bryett, PhD, Aberdeen University; BA, University of Queensland, Australia

Marie Caputi, PhD, St. Louis University; MSSW, Columbia University; AB, Barnard College

Veronica Carey, PhD, Capella University; MS, Lincoln University; BA, University of Delaware

Marnie Carroll, PhD, University of Colorado; MA, New York University; BA, University of Northern Texas

James Castleberry, PhD, Capella University; MS, Minnesota State University Mankato

Marlene Coach, EdD, University of Southern California, Los Angeles; MSW, Wayne State University; BS, Eastern Michigan University

Victoria Coleman, EdD, Rutgers University; MSEd, Northern Illinois University; MA, BA, The University of Iowa

Pamela Denning, PhD, Capella University; MSW, East Carolina State University; BSW, North Carolina State University

Samantha E. Dutton, PhD, Portland State University; MSW, BSW, New Mexico Highlands University

Kimberly Farris, PhD, University of Texas at Austin; MSW, Clark Atlanta University; BA, University of Georgia

Kevin Feisthamel, PhD, The University of Akron; MA, John Carroll University; BA, University of Connecticut

Andrew Forshee, PhD, Walden University; MA, Pacific Oaks College; BA, The Evergreen State College

Monica H. Gordon, PhD, The City University of New York; BA, Brooklyn College

Sandra Harris, PhD, MEd, Auburn University

Randy Heinrich, PhD, University of Phoenix; MEd, Northern Arizona University

Scott Hershberger, PhD, MA, Fordham University; BA, Florida Atlantic University

Greg Hickman, PhD, MS, BA, The Ohio State University

Dawn M. Higgins, PhD, MSW, The Catholic University of America; BS/ABA, Mount Saint Mary’s College

Jessica Jablonski, PsyD, MS, Chestnut Hill College; BA, Montclair State University

Tracy Jackson, PhD, Capella University; MSW, Indiana University South Bend

Jeanna Jacobsen, PhD, University of Utah; MSW, Columbia University; BS, University of Utah

Tina Jaeckle, PhD, M.S., Nova Southeastern University; BS, Florida Southern College

Shari Jorissen, PhD, Ed.D., Walden University; MS, University of Florida

Sylvia Kaneko, PhD, Smith College; MSW, University of Hawaii; BA, University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill

Brian Lam, PhD, Columbia University; MSW, BA, California State University

Mary Larscheid, PhD, Capella University; MSW, University of Nebraska at Omaha; BA, Augustana College

Jeremy M. Linton, PhD, Western Michigan University; MA, Valparaiso University; BA, University of Michigan

Donna M. McElveen, DSW Capella University; MSW, University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University; BA, Virginia Wesleyan College

Peter J. Meagher, PhD, Bowling Green State University; MSW, University of Wisconsin-Madison; BA, Lawrence University

Harriet Meek, PhD, MSW, Smith College; BS, North Texas State University

Munira Merchant, PhD, University of Illinois; MSW, BA, Bombay University

Frances Mills, PhD, MSW, University of South Carolina

Richard Percy, EdD, University of Virginia; MS, BA, Syracuse University

Michele Perepiczka, PhD, Texas A&M University; MS, Texas Woman’s University; BA, University of Texas at Dallas

Joanne Perry, PhD, University of Missouri; MSW, BA, St. Louis University

Tracey Phillips, PhD, Regent University; MSW, University of South Carolina-Columbia

Christine Racanelli, PhD, Walden University; MSW, New York University; BA, Vassar College

Debora S. Rice, PhD, MSW, University of South Carolina; BA, University of North Carolina Asheville

Suhad Sadik, PhD, EdS MEd, MA, BA, University of South Carolina

Dorothy Scotten, PhD, Lesley University; MSW, Smith College

Tammy Shaffer, EdD, Texas Southern University; MEd, BA, Stephen F. Austin State University

Gilbert Singletary, Ph.D., University of Kentucky; MSSW, University of Louisville; B.A., University of Kentucky

Kenneth Smith, Ph.D., Florida State University; M.S., University of Texas at Austin; B.A., Southwest Texas State University

Curt Sobolewski, PhD, Arizona State University; MS, Baylor University; BA, Indiana University

Elaine Spaulding, MSW, PhD, Smith College; AB, Wheaton College

Morton Teicher, PhD, University of Toronto, Canada; MSW, University of Pennsylvania; BS, The City College of The City University of New York

Teresa (Terry) Tirrito, PhD, Fordham University; MSW, Adelphi University

Joan Vermillion, PhD, University of Florida; MBA, DeVry University; MEd, BA, The Pennsylvania State University

Eric Youn, PhD, MS, University of Texas; BA, University of Houston

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