Department of Social Work & Family Studies

Contact Us

Brenda Rodeback
221 Kettering Science Building
Ashland, OH 44805
419.289.5261
brodebac@ashland.edu

Programs

Undergraduate

Enhance your major program with a marketable minor that will provide an invaluable understanding of the society all around you. Knowledge about families and working with families has emerged as a critical area of concern for health, social service, and education professionals.

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BSSW
Preparing You for a Lifetime of Advocacy

Ashland University’s Social Work program trains you to serve at-risk populations. Nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), this program is one of the largest programs in the Colleges of Arts & Sciences. It prepares you to take the licensing...

Curriculum

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

Undergraduate Catalogs

Social Work Course Rotations

Current Academic Year

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Mitchell Metzger, Professor, Chair
Dr. Mitchell Metzger
Professor of Psychology, Chair of the Departments of Psychology, Criminal Justice and Social Work
155, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5008 / mmetzger@ashland.edu
Department of Psychology , Criminal Justice and Sociology Department , Department of Social Work & Family Studies
Professor Nancy Udolph
Professor Nancy Udolph
Associate Professor of Social Work, Field Director of Social Work
248, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5372 / nudolph@ashland.edu
Department of Social Work & Family Studies
Dr. Michael Vimont
Dr. Michael Vimont
Associate Professor of Social Work, Director of Social Work and Family Studies
249, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.207.6364 / mvimont@ashland.edu
Department of Social Work & Family Studies

Department News

Social Work Department's Outstanding Performance

Social Work Department’s Outstanding Performance
​​Ashland University had a 100% passing rate of its licensure exam in 2016 according to The Association of Social Work Boards, which is in charge of governing the administration of testing for the licensures. This compares to 80% among all undergraduate schools of social work in Ohio and 70% across North America.

“I am extremely pleased that our students have done so well on this exam,” said Dr. Mike Vimont, Associate Professor and Program Director of the Social Work Program at Ashland University. “These results show the continued successful efforts by AU’s Department of Social Work to produce knowledgeable and proficient social work practitioners, and it also exemplifies the high quality of students that continue to go through our program.”
2016 Social Work Students...Read more

Spring 2017 Job/Internship/Graduate School Fair

Spring 2017 Job/Internship/Graduate School FairWednesday, March 22, 2017 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm in Upper Convo. There will be over 50 organizations signed up with more signing up each day. Take advantage of this great opportunity to network with organizations who are eager to recruit AU students. SIGN UP NOW: Go to www.ashland.edu/careerfair and follow directions under Student & Alumni Information. · Be sure to dress professionally for the event and bring enough resumes to share with employers. · ​ ​Need assistance? Stop by during walk-in hours at the Career Services Center, 254 HCSC: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 12 pm to 5 pm and Tuesday, Thursday from 2 pm to 5 pm. Questions? Contact Career Services at 419-289-5064.The following is a list of the Social Work Related Businesses attending and their job postings:
Camp AsburyAddress: 10776 Asbury Rd., Hiram, OH 44234Phone: 330-569-3171 Fax:330-569-3148 Website: www.campasbury.org Position Seeking: Small Group Counselor

Foundations for LivingAddress: 1451 Lucas Road, Mansfield/Ohio/44903Phone: 419-589-5511 Fax:419-589-9116 Website: foundationsforliving.netPosition Seeking: Youth Care SpecialistPosition Seeking: Counselor

Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland, and Richland CountiesAddress: 1611 Claremont Ave., Ashland, Ohio 44805Phone: 419-543-0329 Fax:419-281-1205 Website: goodwillakron.orgPosition Seeking: Job Training Services· Position Seeking: Case Manager Substitute
Highland SpringsAddress: 4199 Mill Pond Drive, Highland Hills, OH 44122Phone: 216-302-3070 Fax: 216-302-3071 Website: www.highlandspringshealth.com
Position Seeking: Social Work
OhioGuidestoneAddress: 202 East Bagley Rd., Berea, OH 44017Phone: 440.234.2006 Fax: 440-260-8389 Website:http://www.ohioguidestone.orgPosition Seeking: Social Worker
Pleasant Hill Outdoor CampAddress: 4654 Pleasant Hill Road, Perrysville, OH 44864Phone: 419-938-3715 Website:www.phoc.orgPosition Seeking: Cabin Counselor
Recreation UnlimitedAddress: 7700 Piper Rd, Ashley, OH 43003Phone: 740-548-7006 Fax:740-747-3139 Website: www.recreationunlimited.orgPosition Seeking: Counselor
Richland County Board of Developmental DisabilitiesAddress: 314 Cleveland Ave, Mansfield, OH 44902Phone: 419 774-4212 Fax:419 774-4237 Website: www.rnewhope.orgPosition Seeking: Habilitation Technician (Direct Care Worker)· Position Seeking: Community Contracting Specialist
Richland County Children ServicesAddress: 731 Scholl Rd., Mansfield, OH 44907Phone: 419-774-4100 Fax: ...Read more

Alison Bartholomew, Intern with Christian Children's Home of Ohio

Alison Bartholomew is an intern at Christian Children’s Home of Ohio (CCHO). The goal of the home is to provide a safe and stable environment to children who were abused, neglected and abandoned. CCHO also provides residential care that helps provide for the emotional, physical, recreational, and spiritual needs of every child.
Describe your responsibilities and highlights of your internship. I am a clinical therapist intern in the children's residential center. I love working to help children in need. I have one-on-one therapy sessions with boys ages six through twelve each day and help them process various traumatic experiences they have endured. I also help run a group session each week where we discuss ways to be resilient. I make it a goal to show these boys each day how much they are loved and valued as well as help them grow mentally stronger each and every day, and that is a responsibility I do not take lightly. I love going to work each day, and I hope I can make half the impact on these their lives as they make on mine every single day.
How did your internship help prepare you for your future career? This internship has shown me that I absolutely want to work with children. This internship has shown me the ups and downs of social work, and has shown me the importance of empathy and optimism when trying to empower clients. It has prepared me by exposing me to the vast amounts of hurting children in our society who desperately need proper care. Being at Christian Children’s Home of Ohio has prepared me immensely for my future career, and I cannot wait to get started after graduation!
What advice do you have for other students about the internship process/experience? In order to help other students looking for an...Read more

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We hope you all have a restful break and happy holidays!See you in the new year!...Read more

Organizations

The Department of Social Work and Family Studies provides a variety of opportunities for students to get involved outside of their classes in activities related to their field of study. The organizations available include the Social Work Club, Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society and the Social Work Advisory Board.

Be sure to get involved!

Social Work Club

Social Work Club Advisor

Dr. Nancy J. Udolph

Field Director and Associate Professor of Social Work
nudolph@ashland.edu
419.289.5372

Member of the Social Work Club helping to package items to hand out to the homeless.

Our Purpose

  • To provide those interested in helping others with programs and experiences which will enhance their education
  • To contribute positively to the improvement of the community
  • To enhance the awareness of social issues on the Ashland University campus

What we do to help:

Our Social Work Club connects with the needs of the surrounding community by raising funds and volunteering time to reduce hunger and increase supports for homeless individuals in Ashland County. During the fall semester, we organize Skip-a-Meal Today for United Way. During this event, students can donate a meal swipe to provide one meal to feed the hungry. 

Recently, our member students helped with Ashland County's Point-In-Time count, which gets a count of the homeless in the area. With this number, Ashland County is able to get funding to help finance homeless assistance. During the event, the Social Work Club also handed out locally-donated restaurant coupons to the homeless.

In other times of the year, we complete various smaller projects, such as a food drive and an Easter basket donation, to help Ashland's Associated Charities.

Don't wait. Join us and get involved!

Social Work Advisory Board

The Social Work Advisory Board, comprised of professionals in the social work community and of Ashland University students, connects the Ashland University Social Work program with information about the latest trends, challenges and opportunities in the social work field and provides recommendations and guidance as the program develops and grows.

Members of the Social Work Advisory Board include...

Jody Allton
MedCentral Health System

Denise Estill
Community Practictioner, AU Alumna

Michael Vimont
Ashland University

Eva Beard
MSW, Retired Social Worker

Jerika Gilcreast
Summit County Children Services
AU, Junior Representative

Connie Butler
Brethren Care Village

Deb Gilson
Ashland County/West Holmes Career Center

Bailey Fullwiler
AU, Senior Representative

Susan Eckenwiler
Samaritan Regional Health System

Molly McCue
North Central State College

Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society

Phi Alpha Advisor

Dr. Nancy Udolph
Associate Professor
248 Dwight Schar College of Education
nudolph@ashland.edu
419.289.5372

Epsilon Tau Chapter

The Phi Alpha National Social Work Honorary seeks to provide a closer bond among students of social work and to promote humanitarian goals and ideals.  Ashland University's Epsilon Tau chapter honors senior social work majors who have attained excellence of scholarship and distinction of achievement as students of social work

Joining Phi Alpha

Membership is extended by invitation to qualifying students in the second semester of their senior year.

Benefits of Membership include

  • Membership to a nationally recognized organization that supports high standards in social work education
  • Becoming part of a national community of social work students, faculty and practictioners
  • Access to a list-serv to allow networking with Phi Alpha members across the country

Additional information, including scholarship applications, can be found at the Phi Alpha site.

Qualifications for Membership

Requirements include

  • An institutional GPA of 3.25, with a 3.4 GPA in social work courses
  • A declared major in social work
  • Completion of nine semester hours of required social work courses
  • At least sophomore status

Contact Us

Contact Us

Brenda Rodeback
221 Kettering Science Building
Ashland, OH 44805
419.289.5261
brodebac@ashland.edu

Programs

Programs

Undergraduate

Enhance your major program with a marketable minor that will provide an invaluable understanding of the society all around you. Knowledge about families and working with families has emerged as a critical area of concern for health, social service, and education professionals.

Undergraduate
Degree Type: BSSW
Preparing You for a Lifetime of Advocacy

Ashland University’s Social Work program trains you to serve at-risk populations. Nationally accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), this program is one of the largest programs in the Colleges of Arts & Sciences. It prepares you to take the licensing...

Curriculum

Curriculum

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

Undergraduate Catalogs

Social Work Course Rotations

Current Academic Year

Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff

Dr. Mitchell Metzger, Professor, Chair
Dr. Mitchell Metzger
Professor of Psychology, Chair of the Departments of Psychology, Criminal Justice and Social Work
155, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5008 / mmetzger@ashland.edu
Department of Psychology , Criminal Justice and Sociology Department , Department of Social Work & Family Studies
Professor Nancy Udolph
Professor Nancy Udolph
Associate Professor of Social Work, Field Director of Social Work
248, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.289.5372 / nudolph@ashland.edu
Department of Social Work & Family Studies
Dr. Michael Vimont
Dr. Michael Vimont
Associate Professor of Social Work, Director of Social Work and Family Studies
249, Dwight Schar College of Education
419.207.6364 / mvimont@ashland.edu
Department of Social Work & Family Studies

Department News

Department News

Social Work Department's Outstanding Performance

Social Work Department’s Outstanding Performance
​​Ashland University had a 100% passing rate of its licensure exam in 2016 according to The Association of Social Work Boards, which is in charge of governing the administration of testing for the licensures. This compares to 80% among all undergraduate schools of social work in Ohio and 70% across North America.

“I am extremely pleased that our students have done so well on this exam,” said Dr. Mike Vimont, Associate Professor and Program Director of the Social Work Program at Ashland University. “These results show the continued successful efforts by AU’s Department of Social Work to produce knowledgeable and proficient social work practitioners, and it also exemplifies the high quality of students that continue to go through our program.”
2016 Social Work Students...Read more

Spring 2017 Job/Internship/Graduate School Fair

Spring 2017 Job/Internship/Graduate School FairWednesday, March 22, 2017 from 1:00 – 4:00 pm in Upper Convo. There will be over 50 organizations signed up with more signing up each day. Take advantage of this great opportunity to network with organizations who are eager to recruit AU students. SIGN UP NOW: Go to www.ashland.edu/careerfair and follow directions under Student & Alumni Information. · Be sure to dress professionally for the event and bring enough resumes to share with employers. · ​ ​Need assistance? Stop by during walk-in hours at the Career Services Center, 254 HCSC: Monday, Wednesday, Friday from 12 pm to 5 pm and Tuesday, Thursday from 2 pm to 5 pm. Questions? Contact Career Services at 419-289-5064.The following is a list of the Social Work Related Businesses attending and their job postings:
Camp AsburyAddress: 10776 Asbury Rd., Hiram, OH 44234Phone: 330-569-3171 Fax:330-569-3148 Website: www.campasbury.org Position Seeking: Small Group Counselor

Foundations for LivingAddress: 1451 Lucas Road, Mansfield/Ohio/44903Phone: 419-589-5511 Fax:419-589-9116 Website: foundationsforliving.netPosition Seeking: Youth Care SpecialistPosition Seeking: Counselor

Goodwill Industries serving Summit, Portage, Medina, Ashland, and Richland CountiesAddress: 1611 Claremont Ave., Ashland, Ohio 44805Phone: 419-543-0329 Fax:419-281-1205 Website: goodwillakron.orgPosition Seeking: Job Training Services· Position Seeking: Case Manager Substitute
Highland SpringsAddress: 4199 Mill Pond Drive, Highland Hills, OH 44122Phone: 216-302-3070 Fax: 216-302-3071 Website: www.highlandspringshealth.com
Position Seeking: Social Work
OhioGuidestoneAddress: 202 East Bagley Rd., Berea, OH 44017Phone: 440.234.2006 Fax: 440-260-8389 Website:http://www.ohioguidestone.orgPosition Seeking: Social Worker
Pleasant Hill Outdoor CampAddress: 4654 Pleasant Hill Road, Perrysville, OH 44864Phone: 419-938-3715 Website:www.phoc.orgPosition Seeking: Cabin Counselor
Recreation UnlimitedAddress: 7700 Piper Rd, Ashley, OH 43003Phone: 740-548-7006 Fax:740-747-3139 Website: www.recreationunlimited.orgPosition Seeking: Counselor
Richland County Board of Developmental DisabilitiesAddress: 314 Cleveland Ave, Mansfield, OH 44902Phone: 419 774-4212 Fax:419 774-4237 Website: www.rnewhope.orgPosition Seeking: Habilitation Technician (Direct Care Worker)· Position Seeking: Community Contracting Specialist
Richland County Children ServicesAddress: 731 Scholl Rd., Mansfield, OH 44907Phone: 419-774-4100 Fax: ...Read more

Alison Bartholomew, Intern with Christian Children's Home of Ohio

Alison Bartholomew is an intern at Christian Children’s Home of Ohio (CCHO). The goal of the home is to provide a safe and stable environment to children who were abused, neglected and abandoned. CCHO also provides residential care that helps provide for the emotional, physical, recreational, and spiritual needs of every child.
Describe your responsibilities and highlights of your internship. I am a clinical therapist intern in the children's residential center. I love working to help children in need. I have one-on-one therapy sessions with boys ages six through twelve each day and help them process various traumatic experiences they have endured. I also help run a group session each week where we discuss ways to be resilient. I make it a goal to show these boys each day how much they are loved and valued as well as help them grow mentally stronger each and every day, and that is a responsibility I do not take lightly. I love going to work each day, and I hope I can make half the impact on these their lives as they make on mine every single day.
How did your internship help prepare you for your future career? This internship has shown me that I absolutely want to work with children. This internship has shown me the ups and downs of social work, and has shown me the importance of empathy and optimism when trying to empower clients. It has prepared me by exposing me to the vast amounts of hurting children in our society who desperately need proper care. Being at Christian Children’s Home of Ohio has prepared me immensely for my future career, and I cannot wait to get started after graduation!
What advice do you have for other students about the internship process/experience? In order to help other students looking for an...Read more

Have a Great Break!




We hope you all have a restful break and happy holidays!See you in the new year!...Read more

Organizations

Organizations

The Department of Social Work and Family Studies provides a variety of opportunities for students to get involved outside of their classes in activities related to their field of study. The organizations available include the Social Work Club, Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society and the Social Work Advisory Board.

Be sure to get involved!

Social Work Club

Social Work Club Advisor

Dr. Nancy J. Udolph

Field Director and Associate Professor of Social Work
nudolph@ashland.edu
419.289.5372

Member of the Social Work Club helping to package items to hand out to the homeless.

Our Purpose

  • To provide those interested in helping others with programs and experiences which will enhance their education
  • To contribute positively to the improvement of the community
  • To enhance the awareness of social issues on the Ashland University campus

What we do to help:

Our Social Work Club connects with the needs of the surrounding community by raising funds and volunteering time to reduce hunger and increase supports for homeless individuals in Ashland County. During the fall semester, we organize Skip-a-Meal Today for United Way. During this event, students can donate a meal swipe to provide one meal to feed the hungry. 

Recently, our member students helped with Ashland County's Point-In-Time count, which gets a count of the homeless in the area. With this number, Ashland County is able to get funding to help finance homeless assistance. During the event, the Social Work Club also handed out locally-donated restaurant coupons to the homeless.

In other times of the year, we complete various smaller projects, such as a food drive and an Easter basket donation, to help Ashland's Associated Charities.

Don't wait. Join us and get involved!

Social Work Advisory Board

The Social Work Advisory Board, comprised of professionals in the social work community and of Ashland University students, connects the Ashland University Social Work program with information about the latest trends, challenges and opportunities in the social work field and provides recommendations and guidance as the program develops and grows.

Members of the Social Work Advisory Board include...

Jody Allton
MedCentral Health System

Denise Estill
Community Practictioner, AU Alumna

Michael Vimont
Ashland University

Eva Beard
MSW, Retired Social Worker

Jerika Gilcreast
Summit County Children Services
AU, Junior Representative

Connie Butler
Brethren Care Village

Deb Gilson
Ashland County/West Holmes Career Center

Bailey Fullwiler
AU, Senior Representative

Susan Eckenwiler
Samaritan Regional Health System

Molly McCue
North Central State College

Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society

Phi Alpha Advisor

Dr. Nancy Udolph
Associate Professor
248 Dwight Schar College of Education
nudolph@ashland.edu
419.289.5372

Epsilon Tau Chapter

The Phi Alpha National Social Work Honorary seeks to provide a closer bond among students of social work and to promote humanitarian goals and ideals.  Ashland University's Epsilon Tau chapter honors senior social work majors who have attained excellence of scholarship and distinction of achievement as students of social work

Joining Phi Alpha

Membership is extended by invitation to qualifying students in the second semester of their senior year.

Benefits of Membership include

  • Membership to a nationally recognized organization that supports high standards in social work education
  • Becoming part of a national community of social work students, faculty and practictioners
  • Access to a list-serv to allow networking with Phi Alpha members across the country

Additional information, including scholarship applications, can be found at the Phi Alpha site.

Qualifications for Membership

Requirements include

  • An institutional GPA of 3.25, with a 3.4 GPA in social work courses
  • A declared major in social work
  • Completion of nine semester hours of required social work courses
  • At least sophomore status

Improving Society One Step at a Time

Do you have a passion for helping others improve their lives and their communities? Pursue your passion in the Social Work & Family Studies Department at Ashland University.

The Social Work & Family Studies Department has been accredited by the Council on Social Work Education since 1987.

Social Work & Family Studies Department Differentiators

  • Over 95 percent of graduates have gotten a job offer or been accepted to a graduate school in the past five years within six months after graduation

  • Past graduates have achieved over a 90 percent pass average on the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), which far exceeded the national pass rate of 78 percent and the Ohio pass rate of 83 percent

  • More than 40 internship agencies are affiliated with this program for numerous internship opportunities in the field

Accredited by the Council on Social Work Education

Ashland University's Social Work & Family Studies program is accedited by the Council on Social Work Education.

2018-2019 Competency Assessment

Field Experience

Field experience is integrated into every social work course. Students complete an agency observation, interview persons who work in those agencies, interview individuals and families for specific assignments, visit a nursing home resident for a semester and attend support groups.

Seniors complete a 500-hour agency placement in their final semester. Students state a preference for the type of agency and the population with whom they wish to work.

Our program has excellent relationships with local agencies; they are eager to have our students as interns because the students are always so well prepared. Our internships are block placements so that students can be in their agencies full-time, rather than running between agency and classes.

Our internships are an opportunity for exciting professional development in a real-life work setting; it is always a semester of tremendous growth. Students develop the confidence they need to enter the career of social work or to begin graduate school.

Resources
Affiliated Agencies

Our program has excellent relationships with local agencies; they are eager to have our students as interns because the students are always so well prepared. Our internships are block placements so that students can be in their agencies full-time, rather than running between agency and classes. 

Click on the links below to learn more about potential internships! 

Appleseed Community Mental Health Center

  • Adult Case Management
  • Children's Case Management
  • Rape Crisis
  • School Liaison Program
  • Supported Employment

Area Agency on Aging

Ashland County Board of DD

Ashland County Department of Job & Family Services

  • Children Services

Ashland Parenting Plus

The Village Network

Brethren Care Village

Catalyst Life Services

  • Adult Case Management
  • Children's Case Management

Catholic Charities of Ashland County

Catholic Charities Services of Medina County

Christian Children's Home

Counseling Center of Wayne & Holmes Counties

Domestic Violence Shelter

D-R Services

Every Woman's House

Family & Children First Council

Fisher-Titus Medical Center

Foundations for Living

Good Shepherd Nursing Home

Help Me Grow of Ashland

Harmony House

Holmes Co. Dept. of Job & Family Services

Hospice of North Central Ohio

Huron Co. Dept. of Job & Family Services

Kingston of Ashland

Mansfield-Richland County Health Dept.

MedCentral Health Systems

Mental Health and Recovery Board of Ashland County

New Beginnings at CityHill

Scenic Pointe Nursing Center

  • Provider Services

Rehabilitation Services of No. Central Ohio

Richland County Children's Services

Richland County Dept. of Human Services

  • Adult Protective Services

Richland Co. Juvenile Justice Center

Richland Co. Youth and Family Council

Richland New Hope Services

Salvation Army Kroc Center

University Hospitals Samaritan Medical Center

Wayne County Children Services

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