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About Us

Mission Statement

The School of Social Work is dedicated to a course of study and professional preparation that educates students, pursues scholarly inquiry, and performs community service in order to promote a strengths approach to social work practice. Such an approach will teach students practice skills that advance the empowerment and well-being of individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities as they explore policies and programs to ensure social welfare and quality social work practice.

Program Accreditation
The School of Social Work baccalaureate and master programs are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Offices of Administration

Office of the Director

Lori Messinger, Ph.D., MA, MSW.

Office: McNeill Hall 3098

Phone: (910) 962-3687

Fax: (910) 962-7283

Email: messingerl@uncw.edu



Office of the Associate Director/

MSW Program Coordinator

Stacey R. Kolomer, Ph.D., MSSW

Office: McNeill Hall 3072

Phone: (910) 962-2853

Fax: (910) 962-7283

Email: kolomers@uncw.edu


Office of the BSW Program Coordinator

Noell L. Rowan, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW

Office: McNeill Hall 3070

Phone: (910) 962-2652

Fax: (910) 962-7283

Email: rowann@uncw.edu


Offfice of the Assistant BSW Program Coordinator

Heather Lang, MSW, LCSWA

Office: Jacksonville Extension Campus

Administration Building, Room #23

Phone: (910) 455-1700

Fax: (910) 455-2281

Email: langh@uncw.edu












Office of the Interim Field Education Coordinator

Angie Vandenberg, MSW ALCSW, VSP

Office: (910) 962-2585

Fax: (910) 962-7283

Email: vandenberga@uncw.edu




















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