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Contact Information

Department of Social Work & Gerontology
Shippensburg University
382 Shippen Hall
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257
(717) 477-1717

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Dr. Sam Benbow

Associate Professor

Office: 329 Shippen Hall
Phone: 717-477-1781

Email: srbenb@ship.edu


BA - Social Work, Shippensburg University (1989)
MS - Counseling: College Student Personnel, Shippensburg University (2006)
D. Ed. - Administration and Leadership, Indiana University of Pennsylvania (2007)




Dr. Benbow joined the faculty at Shippensburg University in 1996 and joined the Social Work & Gerontology Department in 2006, where he has been teaching ever since. He continues to teach students about Social Work and include his previous experiences to help shape students' ideas of classroom teachings in practice settings. Prior to working at the university, Dr. Benbow was a Behavioral Specialist/Mobile Therapist at Stephens Center and The Meadows, the Director of Residential Treatment Services at Mountain Valley Center, the Resource & Intensive Case Management Supervisor at Dauphin County Case Management, a worker in Intensive Case Management at Franklin County MH/MR Case Management Unit and the Interim Act 101 Counselor and Interim Director for Multicultural Student Affairs (MSA) at Shippensburg University.

He is a dedicated member to the International Association of Social Work Groups (IASWG) and the Alumni Association here at Shippensburg University. Dr. Benbow takes pride in his memberships to both organizations and seeks to promote understanding diversity and team building in everything he participates in. His professional interests include multicultural education, minority student retention and team building.


SWK102: Social Work in Social Welfare

SWK150: Human Relations Lab

SWK265: Understanding Diversity for Social Work Practice

SWK340: Assessing Organizations and Communities in Society

SWK389,390,391: Field Work in Social Work

SWK450: Social Welfare Policy and Services

SWK501: Principles and Philosophies of Social Work


"The Persistence of African-American Students from Three Predominantly White Universities: A Case Study of the Summer Residential Pre-College Experience Program within the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education"

"Employee Personnel Manual" for the Arc of Franklin and Fulton Counties

"More than Icebreakers: Teaching social work students how to effectively use activity in the group." Group Work: Honoring our Roots Nurturing our Growth. Proceedings of the 31st Annual International Symposium of the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups in Chicago, IL.

Co-Authored a white paper (A Toms & S. Yeager (2012)). "Recruitment and retention of minority faculty in higher education."

Published and featured in the international publication Psokologii entitled "Writing your script for successful change."

Created the Academic Success Program manuals sucha s the Parent Student Guide Book, Graduate Student Training Manual, Summer Bridge Brochure and also wrote the Higher Education Equal Opportunity Grant Application in its entirety for academic year 2003-2004 and 2004-2005

Professional Interests

Multicultural Education

Minority Student Retention

Team Building