Sep 21, 2020  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Social Work Department

Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Colleges/Schools, Departments & Programs

Jay Memmott, Ph.D., Chair and MSW Program Director
USD Health Science Center, Room 359
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

(605) 357-1450


Debra S. Norris, Ed.D; BSSW Program Director
Julian Hall, Room 252
(605) 677-5588


Ashley Dwyer, LSW, Senior Secretary
Master of Social Work
Health Sciences Center Room 368B
1400 W 22nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Phone: 605-357-1450


Tamara Goetz, Program Assistant
Bachelor of Science, Social Work (BSSW)

Julian Hall Room 253
(605) 677-5401


Associate Professors:

Jay Memmott, Ph.D., Mental Health Treatment, Addictions Treatment, Natural Helping, the Process of Change
Debra S. Norris, Ed.D., Macro, Rural, Intergenerational Practice

Assistant Professors:

Wallace Jackmon, Clinical Psychology, 2007, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN; LCSW-PIP, Generalist and Clinical Practice, Small Groups, Social Work in Mental Health, Family Violence
Peter A. Kindle, PhD, Research Methods, Statistics, Policy, Macro Practice
Soonhee Roh, PhD, Gerontology, Clinical Practice

Lecturers & Instructors:

Deborah S. Aden, MSW, Department of Social Work Field Education Director
Brooke L. Blaalid, MSW, 2012, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA; Community Practice, Policy, Macro Practice, Political Social Work
Kathy LaPlante, MSW, Child Welfare and Family Services, Micro Practice


Social Work, B.S.


Child Welfare (Optional)

The undergraduate program in social work is the only accredited Social Work program in South Dakota’s state system of higher education. The program received accreditation at the baccalaureate level from the Council on Social Work Education in 1974 and has been reaccredited continually since that time. The Social Work Program requires formal admission. Admission procedures are explained in the BSSW Student Handbook and include completion of a criminal background check before program entry. Employment opportunities for graduates include professional entry-level positions in a variety of social and human services agencies and organizations. Graduates are eligible for social work professional licensing and “advanced standing” in graduate schools offering the advanced standing option in their Master of Social Work (MSW) programs.


The Social Work Program requires formal admission. Preparation for Admission requires the achievement of at least a 2.3 cumulative GPA, completion of a volunteer or work experience, and the successful completion of 60 hours of coursework and completion of the non-departmental requirements. As a professional program in the School of Health Sciences, the BSSW Program requirements include successful clearance from a criminal background check and participation in immunization requirements before program entry.

Application Requirements

Specific admission procedures are explained in the BSSW Student Handbook. Students are encouraged to meet with their Social Work Academic Advisor to insure timely preparation.

Application Deadlines

Students are encouraged to submit the application in mid-January.


  • Helen Anderson Quirk Scholarship (Junior and Senior Majors)
  • Elizabeth Booth King Scholarship (Junior and Senior Majors)
  • Harrington Book Award (Sophomore through Senior Majors)
  • AmeriCorps (During Field)
  • State of South Dakota Paid Internship Program



Return to {$returnto_text} Return to: Colleges/Schools, Departments & Programs