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Michelle Kephart


Contact Information

OFFICE: Preston 104
PHONE: 814-824-2692

Professor Kephart is an instructor in Social Work and Sociology as well as the BSW Field Director. Her clinical experience in the field of Social Work supports the level of expertise she brings to the classroom as well as community networking opportunities.  Professor Kephart demonstrates her expertise with our Social Work and REACH students, bringing practical experience and diversification of student knowledge.

About Professor Kephart
    • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Pennsylvania
    • Master’s in social work, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
    • B.S. in Education, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
    • Diversity in Society
    • Human Behavior in Social Environment I
    • Human Behavior in Social Environment II
    • Social Welfare Analysis
    • Grief and Loss
    • Children in Society
    • Seminar
    • Field Internships

    Professor Kephart enjoys teaching and utilizes a trauma-informed teaching approach in the classroom.  She diligently works to engage students and utilizes various pedagogy strategies in meeting the needs of all students. Professor Kephart enjoys teaching Diversity in Society as recognizing the importance of Diversity, Inclusion, Education, and Social Justice within our community. She equally enjoys teaching Social Work courses in developing practice skills of future community social workers in theoretical and practice skills.

    • Fidelity and adherence to service modalities in community programming
    • Impact of trauma-informed inclusionary educational practices in higher education

    Supporting BSW Senior Research project efforts through the demonstration of the implementation of research into practice through internal DIEJ grants

    • Mercyhurst CTE Faculty Presentation – Trauma Informed Educational Panel
    • QPR presentations in developing Suicide Awareness in the community
    • Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society – Recruitment Funding
    • DIEJ Grant for inclusionary programming for AIM Students within our MU community
    • Developing partnerships with community agencies, schools and organizations in setting up internships for BSW Field Internships
    • Utilizing community partnerships to enhance the classroom educational experience through educational opportunities of guest speakers and field experience opportunities within the community
    • Developing a community partnership with Edison Elementary Community School through the implementation of a Social Emotional Learning program as an educational opportunity in the field for MU Practice students
    • Licensed Clinical Social Worker-PA Licensure (since 2011)
    • Certified QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Instructor
    • Erie Coalition for a Trauma Informed Community (ECTIC)