Noell Rowan: Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, Associate Professor

Noell Rowan, Associate Director & BSW Coordinator

Prior to joining the CHHS School of Social Work, Noell Rowan was the director of BSW Program at Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville from its inception (2007-13). She collaborated with University of Louisville colleagues to create the first Interdisciplinary Wellness Coaching Minor. John A. Hartford Foundation funded her research in the Hartford Faculty Scholars Program in Geriatric Social Work (2010-12). She collaborated on multiple research projects from local, state and federal funding sources as assistant research professor, University of Louisville (2005-07). She earned BSW and MSW degrees from University of Georgia, and Ph.D. in social work from University of Louisville/University of Kentucky joint program. She has authored 18 articles, a book review and co-authored a book chapter titled Substance Abuse, in Handbook of Gerontology: Evidence-based approaches to theory, practice, and policy in 2007. In 2009, she was awarded Best LGBT Research Award by Diversity Research Symposium, Ball State University. In 2011, she was the recipient of David A. Peterson Award for being lead author for Best Article in the Volume of Gerontology and Geriatrics Education to recognize excellence in scholarship in academic gerontology. She has also been the recipient of two teaching awards; 2006, Metroversity Award for Instructional Development for Innovative Teaching in Gerontology and in 2007, she was awarded Distinguished Educator Achievement Award by Kentucky Association of Gerontology for exceptional effort in teaching geriatrics and gerontology in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. She is licensed in clinical social work in North Carolina, holds the ACSW credential and has practiced social work in the areas of mental health and addictions for more than 20 years.

Research Areas

  • Overarching Areas of Gerontology
  • LGBT Population and Alcohol and Other Drug Addictions
  • Spirituality and the Impact on Social Work Education and Practice
  • Enhancing cultural awareness of the LGBT community in the older adult service network