Stephen F. Austin State University

Faculty and Staff

Faculty

Freddie Avant, PhD, LMSW-AP, ACSW, C-SSWS
Freddie Avant, PhD, LMSW-AP, ACSW, C-SSWS - Professor of Social Work; Associate Dean and Director, School of Social Work Educational Background: BA, Lyon College; MSW, University of Missouri-Columbia; PhD, Jackson State University Research/Areas of Interest: Social Work Education; Children and Family Issues; Rural Social Work; Youth Violence; and Leadership Office: SWK 101E Phone: 936.468.5105
Freddie L. Avant is the Director and Associate Dean of the School of Social Work in the College of Liberal and Applied Arts. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Lyon College and Master of Social Work from The University of Missouri in Columbia. He earned his PhD in Social Work from Jackson State University. He is a licensed master's level social worker with an advanced practice recognition. His practice background and research interests include mental health, cultural diversity, intellectual disabilities, rural social work practice, medical social work, social work administration and leadership, social work education, and school social work.
Kathleen Belanger, PhD
Kathleen Belanger, PhD - Professor of Social Work Educational Background: BA, Catholic University; MSSW, University of Texas-Austin; PhD, University of Houston Research/Areas of Interest: Child Welfare; Rural Issues: child welfare, capacity building, policies, best practices; Community Organization; Social Work Administration; Program Evaluation; Faith-Based Services; Religion and Spirituality; and Sustainable Community Development Office: SWK 205 Phone: 936.468.1807
Kathleen Belanger received her BA from Catholic University, her MSSW from the University of Texas at Austin and Ph.D. from the University of Houston. She has taught social work across the curriculum and assisted in the development of the MSW program at SFA in which she currently teaches primarily rurality, child welfare and community practice. Her practice experience includes oversight of contracted services for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (formerly DHS), development of a management information system in child welfare for DHS, and program development and oversight. Her research and consultation includes child welfare, rural human services, rural cultural competence, racial disproportionality in child welfare, faith and spirituality, and sustainable community development.
H. Stephen Cooper, PhD, LCSW, LCCA
H. Stephen Cooper, PhD, LCSW, LCCA - Associate Professor of Social Work; Associate Dean, College of Liberal and Applied Arts Educational Background: BS, Psychology, Stephen F. Austin State University; MSW, Stephen F. Austin State University; PhD, Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin Research/Areas of Interest: Child & Adolescent Mental Health; Juvenile Justice & Criminal Justice; Police Social Work; Family Violence; Conflict Resolution; Civic and Political Engagement; Rural Social Work; Research Methods(Concept Mapping & Social Network Analysis) Office: SWK 120 Phone: 936.468.2845
Dr. Cooper has been a member of the faculty since August 2001 and has served in a variety of capacities, including Program Director for the School of Social Work's Community Resource Center and Coordinator of their Center for Rural Social Work Research and Development. Dr. Cooper teaches primarily BSW courses and has taught across the BSW curriculum with an emphasis on research, statistics, policy, and community/organizational theory and practice. He has also taught research, statistics, and mental health courses in the MSW program. His work experience includes law enforcement, child/adolescent community mental health, adolescent residential treatment, therapeutic wilderness programming, administration, and network planning/development.
Sam Copeland, PhD, LCSW, ACSW
Sam Copeland, PhD, LCSW, ACSW - Associate Professor of Social Work; BSW Program Director Educational Background: BA, University of Nevada Las Vegas; MSW, University of Houston; PhD, University of Houston Research/Areas of Interest: Cultural Competence; Mental Health; International Social Work; and Rural Social Work Office: SWK 101E Phone: 936.468.2126
Sam Copeland is the Director of the BSW Program at the School of Social Work at Stephen F. Austin State University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. He earned his Masters and Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Houston. He is a licensed clinical social worker and board approved supervisor. His practice, background and research interest include: mental health, social work education, cultural diversity, leadership development, spirituality, rural and international social work.
Wilma Cordova, MSW
Wilma Cordova, MSW - Associate Professor of Social Work Educational Background: BSW, New Mexico State University; MSW, Michigan State University Research/Areas of Interest: Distributive Justice and the issues involving ethnicity and culture; Utilization of student organizations for community development; and Volunteerism and its impact during national emergencies Office: SWK 117 Phone: 936.468.6613
Ms. Cordova is an associate professor and teaches across the curriculum including multicultural social work, practice, policy and human behavior. She has experience working with diverse populations in New Mexico and Texas. She has been a faculty member for over 10 years and is currently a member of NASW, BPD and CSWE. She is a CASA board member and an American Red Cross mental health provider and has been involved with recovery efforts following natural disasters. She is contracted to conduct cultural diverse training in the community with various agencies. Her research interests include integrating art in social work content, working with colonias, disaster preparedness and training. She has also conducted research in the area of displaced families following disaster, immigration issues, working with the elderly, HIV/AIDS in the rural context.
Linda Harris, MSW
Linda Harris, MSW - Clinical Instructor of Social Work; Director of Field Instruction Educational Background: MSW, University of Houston Research/Areas of Interest: Social Work Administration; Mental Health; Aging Interests; Poverty and Aging of Rural Minorities; Cultural Competence; and Spirituality Office: SWK 108 Phone: 936.468.2393
Linda Harris, LMSW is the Director of Field Education of the Stephen F. Austin School of Social Work. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Rehabilitation from Stephen F. Austin University and Master of Social Work degree from the University of Houston. She is a licensed master's level social worker. Her practice and research interests include: rural elderly minority problems and practices, spirituality, cultural diversity and rural social work practice.
Emmerentie Oliphant, PhD
Emmerentie Oliphant, PhD - Professor of Social Work; MSW Program Director Educational Background: BA, Social Work, University of Pretoria, South-Africa; MA, Social Work, University of Pretoria, South-Africa; D Litt et Phil (Social Work), Rand Afrikaans University, South-Africa Research/Areas of Interest: Multicultural social work; International social work; Social Work Research; Child and family issues; Sexual abuse of children; and Substance abuse Office: SWK 101C Phone: 936.468.2291
Emmerentie Oliphant is a Professor and Director of the MSW Program at the School of Social Work at Stephen F. Austin State University. She joined SFA in 2006. She practiced social work and taught social work in South Africa since 1988. Her practice background includes child protective service, family counseling, correctional services and community development. She is still actively involved as a consultant to agencies in South Africa, with a specific emphasis on program development and evaluation. Her research interests include family counseling, mental health, HIV/AIDS, international social work, cultural diversity, qualitative research and program evaluation.
Becky Price-Mayo, MSW, LBSW-IPR
Becky Price-Mayo, MSW, LBSW-IPR - Lecturer of Social Work; Director, Child Welfare Professional Development Project Educational Background: BSW, Stephen F. Austin State University; MSW, Stephen F. Austin State University Research/Areas of Interest: Child Welfare and Rural Social Work Office: SWK 209 Phone: 936.468.1808
Becky Price-Mayo is the Director of the Child Welfare Professional Development Project (CWPDP) and Lecturer in the School of Social Work . She earned Bachelor and Master degrees in Social Work from Stephen F. Austin State University. She is a licensed bachelor's level social worker with an independent practice recognition. Her practice background and research interests include mental health, child abuse and neglect, foster care and adoption, child welfare practice, rural social work practice, and social work education.
Peter Simbi, PhD
Peter Simbi, PhD - Professor of Social Work Educational Background: BASWA, Makerere University; MSW, University of Minnesota-Duluth; MA, University of Minnesota-Duluth; PhD, University of Minnesota Office: SWK 206 Phone: 936.468.2029
Dr. Peter T. Simbi (Ph.D., MSW, M.A. Ed Ad, University of Minnesota and BA SWSA Makerere University) is professor of Social Work. Currently, he teaches in the MSW curriculum mainly in the areas of social welfare policy and social work practice with communities and organizations. He has been a social work educator and administrator at both BSW and MSW levels and served as site visitor for CSWE. He taught at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana, Grambling State University, Louisiana, and Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia and Valdosta State University, Georgia. In addition, he served as coordinator of the BSW Program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, assistant Dean of the School of Social Work, Baton Rouge Louisiana and director of the MSW Program at Stephen F. Austin State University. In other countries, he taught at Nsamizi Training Institute, Entebbe, Uganda and Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda. In fall 2009, he was visiting professor the University of Teesside, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom. His publications are in the area of administrative justice, international social work, child welfare and collaborative service delivery.
Kristin Bailey Wallace, MSW, LBSW
Kristin Bailey Wallace, MSW, LBSW - Adjunct Faculty Office: SWK 104 Phone: 936.468.4191
Kristin Bailey-Wallace earned a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Social Work from Stephen F. Austin State University. She has five years practice experience in the medical field with a focus on working with the elderly and end-of-life care. She has been teaching within the School of Social Work since August 2009, and her interests include gerontology, social welfare policy, issues that affect rural communities, field education, and medical social work.

Staff

Carol Levine
Carol Levine - Administrative Assistant Office: SWK 101A Phone: 936.468.5105
Carol has a BBA degree in General Business from Stephen F. Austin State University and an Associate Degree in Accounting from Angelina College. She is responsible for multiple administrative functions in the Office of the School Director and the BSW Program. Carol works with the BSW Program Director to design and sustain administrative processes that promote students' success in the BSW Program. For the School, she oversees financial matters including budget preparation and analysis, financial reporting and expense payments. She is an integral part of processing faculty and staff personnel actions through the Banner system. She works closely with all program leaders on budget matters.
Judy Montgomery
Judy Montgomery - Administrative Assistant Office: SWK 109 Phone: 936.468.2263
Judy manages all administrative functions of the Field Education Program. She works closely with the Director of Field Education to provide quality field placements for BSW and MSW students. She manages the field education records of students, field instructors and agencies. She assists in organizing field instructors' training and orientations for students. She also provides general support to the School by assisting in organizing workshops, planning events and meetings. She works with all program leaders in meeting the mission of the School of Social Work.