Highlights, News, and Events

Fall break is almost here! Stay focused on studying and working hard at your internships.

POC Projects

Support your fellow Social Work students by volunteering to help with their POC Projects or attending their events to create a greater awareness on campus!

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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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Faculty and Staff

The faculty in the Department of Social Work and Gerontology bring a wide range of professional experiences and knowledge to the Department. Each person's contribution is unique in the ability to assist students in their educational pursuit of a Social Work career. We strongly recommend that students take advantage of the faculty expertise.

Dr. Samuel Benbow                           
Associate Professor                           
Office: 329 Shippen Hall                    
Phone: 717-477-1781                       
Email: srbenb@ship.edu                   

Dr. Dara Bourassa
Associate Professor & Director of Gerontology
Office: 325 Shippen Hall
Phone: 717-477-1633
Email: dpbourassa@ship.edu

Dr. Jennifer Clements
Professor and BSW Field Director
Office: 335 Shippen Hall
Phone: 717-477-1633
Email: jaclem@ship.edu

Dr. Liz Fisher
Professor & BSW Program Director
Office: 337 Shippen Hall
Phone: 717-477-1365
Email: eafish@ship.edu

Dr. Marita Flagler
Associate Professor
Office: 331 Shippen Hall
Phone: 717-477-1266
Email: mnflagler@ship.edu

Dr. Jayleen Galarza
Assistant Professor
Office: 333 Shippen Hall
Phone: 717-477-1655
Email: jgalarza@ship.edu

Dr. Deborah Jacobs
Professor, Department Chair, MU-SU MSW Co-Director
Office: 384A Shippen Hall
Phone: 717-477-1276
Email: dfjaco@ship.edu 

Dr. Charlene Lane
Assistant Professor
Office: 323 Shippen Hall
Phone: 717-477-1773
Email: clane@ship.edu

Dr. Michael Lyman
Associate Professor
Office: 327 Shippen Hall
Phone: 717-477-1267
Email: mjlyman@ship.edu 

Dr. Dorlisa Minnick
Assistant Professor, MU-SU MSW Field Co-Director
Office: 301 Shippen Hall
Phone: 717-477-1785
Email: djminnick@ship.edu

DottySue Ott
Department Secretary
Office: 382 Shippen Hall
Phone: 717-477-1717
Email: dott@ship.edu