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Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


Kathy Absolon
Associate Professor, Associate Dean: Aboriginal Field of Study

Bree Akesson
Assistant Professor

Tina Armstrong
Part-Time Elder-in-Residence

Robert Basso
Chair, Research Ethics Board
Associate Professor, Social Work
Associate Dean, Bachelor of Social Work Program

Dawn Buzza
Acting Dean, Faculty of Social Work

Cheryl-Anne Cait
Associate Professor

Gary Cameron
Professor, Lyle S. Hallman Chair in Child and Family Welfare (on sabbatical Jan. 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017)

Lea Caragata
Associate Dean, PhD Program
Academic Integrity Advisor (Waterloo Campus)

Abdelfettah Elkchirid

Nancy Freymond
Associate Professor

Gus Hill
Associate Professor (on sabbatical July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017)

Lori Hill
Assistant Professor

Banakonda Kennedy-Kish Bell
Full-Time Elder-In-Residence

Martha Kuwee Kumsa

Ginette Lafrenière
Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Work
Director Social Innovation Research Group
Director, Manulife Centre for Community Health Research

Timothy Leduc
Assistant Professor

Deena Mandell
Associate Professor

Sonia Meerai

Magnus Mfoafo-M'Carthy
Associate Professor
Associate Director, Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa

Shoshana Pollack

Jennifer Root
Assistant Professor

Michelle Skop
Assistant Professor

Carol Stalker
Professor Emeritus

Eliana Suarez
Associate Professor
Associate Dean, Master of Social Work Program

Anne Westhues
Professor Emeritus

Michael Woodford
Associate Professor (on sabbatical Jan. 1, 2017 to June 30, 2017)


Roberta Ellington
User Services Supervisor

Vera Fesnak
Head, Copyright and Resource Delivery Services

Meredith Fischer
Social Work Librarian

Gina Matesic
Social Work Librarian (on leave)


Yumna Al-Adeimi
Coordinator, MSW Field Education (on leave)

Lynn Beney
Recruitment and Admissions Specialist

Michelle Corbett
Senior Administrative Officer

Tanya Diriye
Senior Administrative Assistant

Ashley Donsberger
Academic Program Assistant, Bachelor of Social Work

Jennifer Dunlop
519.756.8228 x5488
BSW Field Coordinator, oversees Field Office and provides direction to Field staff and Field Advisors.

Roberta Ellington
Access Services, Reference Associate

Karen Frensch
Research Project Manager, Partnerships for Children and Families Project

Peggy Freymond
Programs Assistant

Margaret Haskell
519.756.8228 x5460 
BSW Field Education Assistant, provides administrative support to the Field program and Field Coordinator

Caroline Hissa
Program Assistant, MSW Field Education

Lynne Jordan
Coordinator, Professional Development and Alumni Relations

Zaida Leon
Faculty Administrative Assistant

Cara Loft
Coordinator, Aboriginal Field of Study Program

Jennifer Maxwell
519.756.8228 x5874
Associate BSW Field Coordinator,works with the Field Coordinator to oversee Field Office and provide direction to Field staff and Field Advisors.

Deborah Russell
Admission and Programs Coordinator

Nancy Schwindt
Acting Coordinator, MSW Field Education

Rebecca Skillman
Financial Analyst

Jade Squire
Administrative Assistant, Professional Development and Alumni Relations

Magnus Mfoafo-M’Carthy

Faculty Profile

Magnus Mfoafo-M’Carthy has more than 15 years of social work practice experience in New York, British Columbia and Ontario. He has worked with individuals diagnosed with serious mental illness, HIV/AIDS, adolescent sex offenders, youth in conflict with the law and adults diagnosed with serious mental illness. Mfoafo-M’Carthy’s research examines serious mental illness and stigma among immigrant communities. He is also interested in postcolonial and critical race theories, social justice and anti-oppressive practice.


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