Susan Parlier

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

Susan Parlier, Ph.D., LMSW, ACSW, MAR, is a retired Clinical Assistant Professor with the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina. She received her Master in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and her doctorate from The University of South Carolina. Dr. Parlier’s research interests are examining low-wage, low-income, and poor working people’s meaning-making processes and people’s spiritual pathways as they make sense of their lives and vocations. Dr. Parlier has over forty years of direct social work practice, mostly in community organizing, administration, and policy areas of practice. For 15 years, she was the executive director of a not-for-profit service agency. She serves as a board member with several not-for-profits. She remains actively involved in service, practice, and advocacy within her community, state, nation, and internationally. Dr. Parlier enjoys playing with her daughter, son-in-law, and granddaughter, and her dog and three cats. She loves to read and travel!

Courses Taught

SOCW 6070 - Superv, Ldshp, & Admin SW Org.

SOCW 8801 - Clinical Seminar II

SOCW 8802 - Clinical Seminar I

SOCW 6500 - SW Field Education I

SOCW 6510 - SW Field Education II

SCLB 0651 - Social Work Skills Lab 1

SOCW 8610 - Capstone Research Project

SOCW 8116 - Hist Dev of Social Work

SOCW 8356 - Theo Tech Marriage, Coupl Fam Coun

HUMM 9001 - Dissertation


PhD, University of South Carolina

Master, Virginia Commonwealth University

BA, Columbia College

MA, Lenore-Ryne Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary

Awards / Honors

University of South Carolina-College of Social Work, , 2014