Highlights, News, and Events

Thinking about majoring in Social Work? Join the Social Work Orientation Meetings
Tuesday, November 4 from 3-4:30 pm
Thursday, December 4 from 3:30-4:30 pm
RSVP here. RSVP recommended, but not required.

Come Support SW POC Projects

Shippnsburg Community Resource Coalition's Summer Lunch Program
Donation Day in CUB - 10/27/14 from 11am - 2pm
Restaurant Night at Knute's - 11/3/14 from 10am - 11pm
Print off the flyer
For more information, contact Jenna

Ship Says No More Campaign!
Members of campus should hold the "No More" sign
Submit it to Women's Center by:
-emailing the photos to womenscenter@ship.edu
-post the photos to twitter with #ShipSaysNoMore or @suwomenscenter
Signs are available at the Women's Center or the Social Work department
Come by the CUB on Wednesday, October 29 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm to have your picture taken and submitted!
Photos due by October 31

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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. Marita Flagler

    Associate Professor 

    Marita Flagler 

    Office:  331 Shippen Hall
    Phone;  717-477-1266
    BA-University of Tirana, Albania (1977)
    MSW-Colorado State University (1998)

    PhD-Colorado State University (2005)


           I joined the Department of Social Work and Gerontology at Shippensburg University in August 2006. My main areas of interest are macro practice (community organizing, social welfare policies and research) as well as disabilities, human rights, and international development. In addition to teaching in the social work program (both at the undergraduate and graduate levels), I also enjoy teaching at the International Studies Program and the Disability Minor. 

           My areas of research are varied: through the years I have studied the implementation of strengths perspective in an agency setting, the educational resilience of post-institutionalized adopted children, and the factors that impact the retention rates of undergraduate minority students. However, my main area of focus in research has been human rights and inclusion for people with disabilities. As a consultant to several human rights and disability organizations in Albania I have designed and lead the work for the evaluation of the the implementation of the Action Plan of The National Strategy on People with Disabilities as well as the implementation of the National Standards of Disability Services in day and residential programs. Currently, I am conducting a comparison group study of the social capital of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Central Pennsylvania.

           I consider myself to be a practicing social worker. I am involved in several programs and community organizations, mainly in the field of disabilities, such as the Residential Task Force of Cumberland and Perry counties and Cumberland Perry Respite. I also am a member of the Cumberland /Perry Counties Mental Health/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Board. On campus, together with social work students and other departments, we have developed Inclusive Basketball and the Inclusive Party, which are programs and events that promote models of inclusion in disability services. My most recent international social work activity has been in the field of social policy:  the development through a participatory approach of the New National Standards of Services for People with Disabilities in Albania.

    Professional Interests

    Human rights



    Social welfare policies

    International social development

    Community organization and advocacy



         SWK 250                 Assessing Individuals in the Social Environment

         SWK 275                 Social Work Skills for Working with Groups

         SWK 365                 Special Fields of Social Work: Intellectual and Developmental

         SWK 360                 Research Techniques for Social Work

         SWK 370                 Practice with Organizations and Communities

         SWK 389/390/391     Field Work in Social Work

         SWK 420                 Gender Issues for Helping Professions

         SWK 450                 Social Work Policies and Services

         INT 301-1               International Studies Seminar: Human Rights-Movements
                                      and Challenges

                                      International Studies Seminar: Conflict and Its Resolution
                                      in a Global World

         DS 400                   Capstone Seminar, Interdisciplinary Minor in Disability Studies


         SWK/SOWK 501       Principles and Philosophies of Social Work

         SWK/SOWK 601       Integrative Seminar

         SWK/SOWK 615       Advanced Social Welfare Policy

         SWK/SOWK 640       Selected Topics: Human Rights and Social Development