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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. Dorlisa Minnick


Assistant Professor , MU-SW MSW Field Co-Director


Office:  301 Shippen Hall
Phone:  717-477-1785
BA-Social Work, Shippensburg University (1994)
MSW-The State University of New York at Stony Brook (1998)
PhD-Social Work, The National Catholic School of Social Service at The Catholic University of America (2010)

Dr. Minnick teaches mezzo and macro courses in the BSW and MSW program. Previously, Dr. Minnick served two years, full time in AmeriCorps. This experience provided a passion for organizing. Afterwards, canvassing neighborhoods promoting migrant farm workers issues widened her understanding of Mexico and Central America. From here, she traveled to Guatemala and in learning Spanish and the culture, found herself returning multiple summers. Later, she was an international peace observer for presidential elections in El Salvador. Additionally, she lived in a civil peace camp in Chiapas, Mexico documenting human rights abuses. Yet the majority of her professional social work experience has been in promoting community development among college students where Dr. Minnick has directed residence halls and a living learning center as well as trained students on community organizing principles in the promotion of social change on campus and off. Her passion for women’s issues was re-ignited when she attended a conference in Thailand in 2004 and witnessed the effects of sex trafficking on women and girls. She has continued examining this global issue here in the United States. Dr. Minnick has published on U.S. immigration policy. She also has completed research on adolescent decision making in preventing early pregnancy and HIV infection. 


  • SWK 275:  Group Skills in Social Work
  • SWK 389 & 390:  BSW Field Work
  • SWK 515:  MSW Foundation Social Policy
  • SWK 521:  MSW Foundation Macro Practice
  • SWK 530 & 531:  MSW Foundation Field Practicum Seminar
  • SWK 625:  MSW Advanced Research Methods
  • SWK 630 & 631:  MSW Advanced Field Practicum Seminar
Research Interests
  • Women's Issues
    • Sex Trafficking
    • Adolescent pregnancy and HIV infection
  • U.S. Immigration Policy
  • Program Evaluation