Social Work Faculty

Social Work Faculty

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment to improve the world.
~Anne Frank

The Social Work faculty are happy to answer any questions that you may have about our program. Please do not hesitate to contact us. Click on the link for each of our faculty members to learn more about them.

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Dr. John David Smith

MSW Program Director
Professor of Social Work 

 

 

Contact Information
Office: Marsh Hall, Room A107B
​Campus Box: F-42
Telephone: (304) 384-5218
E-mail: jdsmith@concord.edu

Education

  • DePaul University, Post Doctorate LLM
  • University of Toledo, Juris Doctorate
    Marshall, Master of Psychology
  • West Virginia University, Master Social Work

Bio

Dr. Smith serves on numerous community Boards and has presented his research at state and national meetings. His professional experience has combined clinical, administrative and teaching. He successfully administered multimillion dollar budgets, leading large departments and satisfying regulatory and accrediting bodies. Concurrently with practice Dr. Smith taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. He has achieved Diplomate status for clinical practice as granted by both NASW and American Board of Examiner in Clinical Social Work.


 

 
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Dr. Ellen Darden

Professor of Social Work
Division of Social Sciences

 

 

Contact Information
Office: Grant House
Campus Box: F-42
Telephone: (304) 716-4307
E-mail: dardene@concord.edu

Education

  • Virginia Tech, PhD Marriage & Family Therapy
  • University of Texas, MSSW, Specialization in Mental Health and Families and Children
  • Baylor University, BA Social Work

Bio

Dr. Darden's areas of interest and specialization include systems work, organizational & community work, change dynamics, needs assessment, strategic planning, process issues, evaluations, family therapy, children, adolescence, developmental disabilities, illiteracy, social justice, domestic violence, veterans etc. Dr. Darden has a wide range of professional experience including: direct clinical practice, working with organizations, corporations and agencies; working with communities and teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. Her clinical experience includes; family therapy, inpatient psychiatric work with adolescents; working with people with developmental disabilities and their families; working in an Employee Assistance Program; community mental health, and other areas. Some of her corporate and organizational experience includes working for Mercedes-Benz USA and consulting for such companies as AT&T, Blue Cross-Blue Shield, and the Bureau of Children and Families, Literacy Volunteers of America, NRV Cares Vista program and for the State of West Virginia.


 

 
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Dr. Sarah Whittaker

Professor of Social Work
Public IV-E Scholarship Coordinator
Division of Social Sciences

 

Contact Information
Office: Marsh Hall, Room A212
Campus Box: 36
Telephone #: 304-384-5228
E-mail Address: whittakers@concord.edu

Education

  • Virginia Tech, (2004) PhD Counselor Education
  • West Virginia University, (1995) MSW
  • West Virginia University, (1978) BSW

Bio

Sarah M. Whittaker, PhD, MSW, LCSW, is a Professor of Social Work at Concord University. Her current position involves teaching students in the accredited Bachelor of Social Work program and the Master of Social Work Program. Prior to joining the faculty of Concord University, she had twenty-one years of experience social work practice in the area of child welfare services, including but not limited to, child protective services, foster care services, adoption services, and family preservation services. She was the Director of Community Based Services for a private nonprofit child welfare age for seven years. She received a Master of Social Work degree from West Virginia University and a PhD in Counselor Education from Virginia Tech. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors. She is member of the state-wide Board of Directors of the Children’s Home Society of WV and locally she serves on the WECAN Advisory Council for the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia. She has served on the WVNASW state Board of Directors in the past.


 

 
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Dr. Joan Pendergast

Associate Professor of Social Work
BSW Program Director
CSWO Adviser
Division of Social Sciences

Contact Information
Office: Marsh Hall, Room A211
Campus Box: F-42
Telephone #: 304-384-5289
E-mail Address: jpendergast@concord.edu

Education

  • University of South Carolina, (2007) PhD Social Work
  • Marywood University, (1994) MSW
  • Mansfield University, (1993) BSW

​Bio

After completing the Masters of Social Work at Marywood University in Scranton, PA, Dr. Pendergast worked in community mental health, school based counseling and emergency room social work in Columbia before entering USC's doctoral program. Dr. Pendergast gained extensive teaching experience while a graduate student. Since arriving at Concord University, Dr Pendergast has been involved in many student organizations. She was also instrumental in establishing the Gay-Straight Alliance in 2009 and subsequently developed a Safe Zone initiative on the campus. She has also been involved in community activities involving school based mental health, suicide prevention, and underage drinking prevention. She has presented at state, national, and international venues on topics such as international social work, field education, and issues relating to LGBT individuals.


 

 
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Scott Inghram

Assistant Professor of Social Work
Division of Social Sciences

 

Contact Information
Office: Marsh Hall, Room A107A
Campus Box: D-142
Telephone #: 304-384-5215
E-mail Address: inghramcs@concord.edu

Education

  • Tulane University, MSW
  • Concord University, BSW
  • Concord College, BA Sociology

Bio

Scott Inghram, MSW, is an Assistant Professor of Social Work who has engaged in macro/mezzo practice since 2005. During this time, he has functioned in both programmatic and administrative roles with sponsored research and programming in higher education. In addition to his work with sponsored research, he has also worked as a case manager in rural southern West Virginia and completed his field work in an inpatient psychiatric hospital in post-Katrina New Orleans. At Concord University, Mr. Inghram designed and directs the Office of Sponsored Programs where he has managed awards, worked with proposal writing teams for federal and state opportunities, and assisted in the design and evaluation of programs. In addition to his work at Concord University, Mr. Inghram also serves as an elected Council Member on the Athens, WV Town Council and as a member of the Mercer County Development Authority’s Board of Directors. He has also served the Concord University Alumni Association in several capacities. Mr. Inghram has taught classes in the Honors Program, Entrepreneurial Program, BSW Program, and MSW Program. In 2014 Mr. Inghram began teaching full-time in the MSW Program.


 

 
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Shawn Allen

Assistant Professor
Director of Field Education
Division of Social Sciences

 

Contact Information
Office: Marsh Hall, Room A213
​Campus Box: F-42
Telephone #: 304-384-5299
E-mail Address: rallen@concord.edu (link sends e-mail)

Education

  • West Virginia University, (2011) MSW
  • Concord University, (2007) BSW​

Bio

Shawn Allen is the Director of Field Education and an Assistant Professor in the Social Work Program. Shawn obtained his Master's Degree in Social Work from West Virginia University in 2011 and his Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from Concord University in 2007. He has been a Licensed Social Worker in West Virginia since 2007, and became a Licensed Graduate Social Work in 2011. He began his career with Appalachian Area Agency on Aging as one of the first West Virginia Aging and Disability Resource Center coordinators in the state. He has worked in the field of aging at all levels of social work (micro, mezzo, & macro). He has conducted research in areas such as elder abuse and service delivery (methods and barriers) to seniors. Prior to coming to Concord, full time, in 2014, Shawn served as an Adjunct Professor for the program. He also serves on many committees in the community including the Senior Focus of Mercer County, the Greenbrier Valley Disability Awareness Committee and the WVU Summer Institute on Aging Planning Committee. Shawn lives in Lerona with his wife, Jamie.


 

 
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Dr. Ida Mills

Assistant Professor of Social Work
Division of Social Sciences

 

Contact Information
Office: Marsh Hall, Room 210
Campus Box: F-42
Telephone #: 304-384-6083
E-mail Address: idamills@concord.edu

Education

  • St. Mary's University, (2008) Ed.D in Leadership
  • Michigan State University, (1981) MSW
  • Morningside College, (1974) BSW

Bio

Dr. Ida Mills, Ed.D., MSW, came to Concord University from Glenville State College (GSC) in Glenville, WV, where she taught for the last seven years. At GSC, Dr. Mills was an associate professor of social work and sociology and the chairperson of the Department of Social Sciences. Her professional experience has been with at-risk children and families. She was a social worker in the U.S. Army, has worked as a therapist in a mental health center and a day treatment program, has provided in-home family therapy, and worked as a school social worker. She is licensed as an independent clinical social worker (LICSW) in the state of West Virginia.


 

 
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Dr. Patricia Nishimoto

Assistant Professor of Social Work
Division of Social Sciences

 

Contact Information
Office: Grant House
Campus Box: F-42
Telephone #: 304-716-4997
E-mail Address: pnishimoto@concord.edu

Education

  • University of Hawaii, (1999) PhD in Social Welfare
  • University of Hawaii, (1980) MSW
  • Longwood College, (1978) BSW

Bio

Dr. Nishimoto earned her doctorate from the University of Hawaii, where she also earned her MSW degree. She also earned her BSW degree from Longwood College. Prior to working at Concord University, she served as the Program Director for Master of Social Work and Interim Director for the School of Social Work at Hawaii Pacific University. Her primary areas of specialization is working with families who have children with special needs. She has taught micro, mezzo, and macro practice courses, as well as theory and research courses.


 

 
Angela Fedele

Angela Fedele

Assistant Professor of Social Work
Division of Social Sciences

 

Contact Information
Office: Grant House
Campus Box: F-42
Telephone: (304) 716-0485
E-mail: afedele@concord.edu

Education

  • Appalachian School of Law, JD
  • West Virginia University, MSW
  • Alderson-Broaddus College, BS

Bio

Ms. Fedele has previously taught adjunct and full-time for Concord. She lives in Princeton, WV.

 

 


Adjunct and Part-Time Instructors


Ernest Baringer
Telephone: (304) 425-5653
E-mail: airforce82645@msn.com
Courses Taught at Concord

  • SOWK350 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment Modalities

 

David Bailey
Telephone: (304) 921-1881
E-mail: davbailey@frontier.com
Courses Taught at Concord

  • SOWK350 Addictions

 

Kathy Ball
Telephone: (304) 384-6009
E-mail: bonner@concord.edu
Courses Taught at Concord

  • SOWK350 Introduction to Community Service

 

Robbin Durham
Telephone: (304) 256-0270
E-mail: rmdurham@concord.edu
Courses Taught at Concord

  • SOWK 230 Group Dynamics & Interviewing Skills
  • SOWK 236 HBSE Theories
  • SOWK 237 HHBSE Lifespan
  • SOWK 308 Practice with Groups
 

Charles (Abe) Lilly
Telephone: (304) 384-5374
E-mail: lillyc@concord.edu
Courses Taught at Concord

  • SOWK 1001 Sign Language I
  • SOWK 1002 Sign Language II
 

Terri Philpott
Telephone: (304) 384-5282
E-mail: tphilpott@concord.edu
Courses Taught at Concord

  • SOSC 2851 Introduction Academic Research
  • SOWK 230 Group Dynamics & Interviewing Skills
 

Robin Pruitt
Telephone: (304) 436-8816
E-mail: robin.l.pruitt@wv.gov
Courses Taught at Concord

  • SOWK 318 Health & Human Resources Administration
  • SOWK 327 Social Work in Health Care
 

Ramona Stanley
Telephone: (304) 716-4619
E-mail: stanleyramona@citlink.net
Courses Taught at Concord

  • SOWK 324 Gerontology & Field of Aging