Josephine Norward

Contributing Faculty
College of Social and Behavioral Health
Barbara Solomon School of Social Work
Master of Social Work (MSW)

Dr. Josephine Norma Norward's career in social work began in 1973 after completing her undergraduate social work training at the University of Zululand, South Africa. Following graduation, she joined the Johannesburg City Council to serve her communities of Soweto, South Africa. In 1980, she left her country to study in the United States. She earned a master's in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Ph. D. from Clark Atlanta University, Georgia.

During the 35 years of teaching, Dr. Norward held various responsibilities as a teacher/mentor, program chair, interim field director for a BSW and MSW program, and faculty field liaison. As chair of the MSW program and with faculty support, she spearheaded a data-driven program review that led to a shift from an Advanced Generalist to a clinical concentration. She served on several committees for the MSW program, the College of liberal arts, and at the university level.
Dr. Norward presented her research on HIV/AIDS, grandparents raising grandchildren, lack of access to clean water, and organ donorship in communities of color at national and international conferences and the Oxford University roundtable on Social Justice.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Norward has worked as a school social worker, a consultant for a Catholic Charities agency, a Black Adoption Consortium, a school-based agency, and a Youth Service Agency.

Dr. Norward developed content in her teaching areas:
Social Welfare Policy I & II
Human Behavior and the Social Environment
Generalist Practice I & II
Issues in International Social Work
As a member of the National Association of Social Workers, she is also a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and a licensed social worker, LSW # 44SL00407100, in New Jersey. The latter is currently pending renewal.

Before joining Walden University as a Contributing Faculty member in the School of Social Work, Dr. Norward coordinated an MSW program's student outcome assessment process at her previous institution. At Walden University, Dr. Norward is teaching Social Welfare Policy.


PhD, Atlanta University

MSW, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Management Development & Leadership Certificate, Harvard Business Institute of Higher Education

MFA, National Association of Social Workers

Public Service

Henry Nxumalo Scholarship Foundation , Board Member - Johannesburg

Awards / Honors

Phi Alpha Honor Society, Social Work Club, 2008

Concerned Black Personnel , Africana Studies, Kean University, 2017


Norward, J. (2023). Honoring my village.


Norward, J. (2013). It Matters: Water and Human Rights. Relevance and Implications for Global Social Work. Council on Social Work Education

Norward, J. (2017). Saving lives in minority communities: organ donorship. Kean University

Norward, J. (2018). Saving Lives in minority communities: The efficacy of organ donation . Council on Social Work Education

Norward, J. (2018). Saving Lives in minority communities: The efficacy of organ donation . Council on Social Work Education