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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Social Work Department

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

Email:  Jay.Memmott@usd.edu
(605) 357-1450


Kelly Bass, DSW, CSW-PIP, ACS, MSW Program Director
University of South Dakota
USD Health Science Center
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
(605) 357-1460


Debra S. Norris, Ed.D, MSW, CSW; BSSW Program Director
Julian Hall, Room 252
Main Campus
Vermillion, South Dakota
(605) 658-5939



Wendy Musch, MSW Senior Secretary.
USD Social Work
1400 W 22nd Street
Sioux Falls, SD
Phone:  605-357-1450
Email:  wendy.musch@usd.edu
Website:  www.usd.edu/socialwork


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

Julian Hall Room 253
Main Campus
Vermillion, South Dakota
(605) 658-5940

Website:  www.usd.edu/socialwork 


Associate Professors:

Peter A. Kindle, PhD, Research Methods, Statistics, Policy, Macro Practice
Jay Memmott, Ph.D., Mental Health Treatment, Addictions Treatment, Natural Helping, the Process of Change
Debra S. Norris, Ed.D., Macro, Rural, Intergenerational Family and Administrative Practice

Assistant Professors:

Kelly Bass, DSW, Clinical, Clinical Supervision, Youth and Families, Crisis Response
Wallace Jackmon, Clinical Psychology, 2007, Capella University, Minneapolis, MN; LCSW-PIP, Generalist and Clinical Practice, Small Groups, Social Work in Mental Health, Family Violence
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
Margarite Reinert, MSW, Trauma, Practice with Individuals and Families


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 50 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 and on the Department webpage. 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 October.


Please contact the department for additional information about available scholarships and awards. Also see School of Health Sciences  for school level scholarships.

  • Elizabeth King Booth Scholarship
  • Faithe Family Scholarship - Social Work Graduate
  • Helen Anderson Quirk Scholarship
  • Marilyn Stark Ondell Scholarship
  • Social Work Scholarship Fund



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