The core social work program faculty represent many years in both practice of social work as professionals and social work educators. The experiences of our faculty make the program strong with high academic and practice standards as prescribed by CSWE.

The baccalaureate social work program maintains a full-time equivalent faculty-to-student ratio not greater than 1:25. The faculty to student ratio is reported annually to the college administration. Faculty size remains commensurate with the number and type of curricular offerings in class and field. Program options include a traditional format program and accelerated hybrid program comprised of online and in-person classes. The department has a full-time program director and faculty and field instructor and faculty. It also has a part-time faculty member who also serves as a field liaison for the accelerated hybrid program specifically.

Dr. Susan McDonald, MSW, Ph.D., LCW

 Dr. Susan McDonald, MSW, Ph.D., LCW

Dr. McDonald began her appointment with Misericordia's Social Work Program in August 2013 as Director of Field Education and as of July, 2016, is the Program Chair/Program Director. She has a BA degree in Criminal Justice from Wilkes University, an MSW from Marywood University and a Ph.D. from Fordham University. She comes to us with extensive background in social work education and clinical work. She has served Alvernia, Temple, Marywood, Kutztown and DeSales University. Her work experience has been in the area of bereavement with children and hospice care. She also has a private practice where she sees children, individuals and families.

Phone Number: 570-674-6212

Trocaire building, Room 239

Email: smcdonald@misericordia.edu

Mr. David Hage, MSW, LCSW, ACSW, C-ASWCM

Mr Hage began his full-time appointment with Misericordia's Social Work Program in August 2016 as the Director of Field Education. He earned a BSW degree from Misericordia University, an MSW from Marywood University, and is in the process of obtaining a Ph.D. at Concordia University Chicago in Leadership & Gerontology. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the state of Pennsylvania, member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager (C-ASWCM), Certified Remotivation Therapist (Instructor Level III), and a Certified Advanced Aging Life Care Professional™ (previously called Certified Geriatric Care Manager). His experience includes work with economically disadvantaged children and families in low-income housing, a maternity home with pregnant homeless women, a rural community action agency, acute care inpatient rehabilitation, and sub-acute care environments with a primarily adult through geriatric population. Mr. Hage maintains a small counseling and geriatric care management practice. He is also a volunteer executive committee member and trainer for the Pennsylvania Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Task Force for NEPA, a regional task force committed to advanced care planning and honoring patient wishes at end of life in addition to serving as the co-chair of the Pennsylvania NASW Aging Committee.

Trocaire building, Room 234
Phone Number: 570-674-6268
E-Mail: dhage@misericordia.edu

Carly Ellman, LCSW

Ms. Ellman began her appointment with Misericordia’s Social Work Program in August 2018 as Assistant Professor of Social work and advisor to the new Accelerated BSW program. She has a BA in Psychology from Siena College and MSW from Fordham University. She will be starting a doctorate program by August 2019. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the states of Pennsylvania and Florida. Over the past 15 years she had extensive research and clinical experiences, including inpatient and outpatient adolescent/adult mental health services, as well as drug and alcohol treatment. Mrs. Ellman began at Misericordia University as an adjunct professor in the Social Work department in fall of 2013. Prior to teaching at Misericordia, she was an adjunct professor at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Social Service. She also has a private practice in Dallas where she sees adolescents, couples and individuals.

Trocaire building, Room 235
Phone Number: 570-674-1224
E-Mail: cellman@misericordia.edu

Dr. James Calderone, Ed.D., ACSW, LSW

Dr. Calderone is in his 34th year teaching in the Social Work Program at Misericordia University. He earned his A.B. in English at Wilkes University, MSSW at University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Ed.D. degree at Temple University. He is a licensed social worker and member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and is a certified spiritual director. Dr. Calderone's employment experience includes direct social work practice in community mental health, as well as community practice in an innovative prevention program targeting educational, health care, and religious professionals. He will now be part-time faculty to the department in his retirement.

McAuley Walsh, Room 213
Phone Number: 570-674-6209

email: jcalderone@misericordia.edu

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