The core social work program faculty represent many years in both practice of social work as professionals and social work educators. The experiences of our faculty make the program strong with high academic and practice standards as prescribed by CSWE.
The baccalaureate social work program maintains a full-time equivalent faculty-to-student ratio not greater than 1:25. The faculty to student ratio is reported annually to the college administration. Faculty size remains commensurate with the number and type of curricular offerings in class and field. Program options include a traditional format program and accelerated hybrid program comprised of online and in-person classes. The department has a full-time program director and faculty and field instructor and faculty. It also has a part-time faculty member who also serves as a field liaison for the accelerated hybrid program specifically.
Dr. Susan McDonald, MSW, Ph.D., LCW
Dr. McDonald began her appointment with Misericordia's Social Work Program in August 2013 as Director of Field Education and as of July, 2016, is the Department Chair. She has a BA degree in Criminal Justice from Wilkes University, an MSW from Marywood University and a Ph.D. from Fordham University. She comes to us with extensive background in social work education and clinical work. She has served Alvernia, Temple, Marywood, Kutztown and DeSales University. Her work experience has been in the area of bereavement with children and hospice care. She also has a private practice where she sees children, individuals and families.
Mr. David Hage, MSW, LSW, C-ASWCM
Mr Hage began his appointment with Misericordia's Social Work Program in August 2016 as Director of Field Education. He has a BSW degree from Misericordia University, an MSW from Marywood University, and is in the process of obtaining a Ph.D. at Concordia University Chicago in Leadership & Gerontology. He is a Licensed Social Worker (LSW), Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager (C-ASWCM), Certified Remotivation Therapist-Level II (CRMT II), and Certified Advanced Aging Life Care Professional™ (previously called Certified Geriatric Care Manager). His experience includes work with economically disadvantaged children and families in low-income housing, a maternity home with pregnant homeless women, a rural community action agency, acute care inpatient rehabilitation, and sub-acute care environments with a primarily adult through geriatric population. Mr. Hage also maintains a small counseling and geriatric care management practice; in addition to his volunteer work at The Hope Center Free Medical Clinic and Physician Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (POLST) NEPA, a regional task force committed to advanced care planning and honoring patient wishes at end of life.
Room Number: McAuley Walsh Room 201
Phone Number: 570-674-6268
Dr. Margaret A. Rapp, MSW, Ph.D., LSW, ACSW
Dr. Rapp has been with Misericordia University since 2010 having served as the Chair of the Social Work Department until July, 2016. She has extensive experience in Gerontology, Mental Health, Addictions, homelessness and Housing for the disenfranchised. Her 30+ years in the field and her 10 years chairing a similar program in New York have given her skills to benefit the program and our students. Dr. Rapp earned her BBA from The College of Insurance, MSW from Adelphi University and Ph.D. from New York University. She has been licensed since 1984 and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers since 1987.
Room Number: McAuley Walsh Room 213
Phone Number: 570-674-6260
Dr. James Calderone, Ed.D., ACSW, LSW
Dr. Calderone is in his 34th year teaching in the Social Work Program at Misericordia University. He earned his A.B. in English at Wilkes University, MSSW at University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Ed.D. degree at Temple University. He is a licensed social worker and member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and is a certified spiritual director. Dr. Calderone's employment experience includes direct social work practice in community mental health, as well as community practice in an innovative prevention program targeting educational, health care, and religious professionals. He will now be part-time faculty to the department in his retirement.
Room Number: McAuley Walsh Room 213
Phone Number: 570-674-6209