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

Noell Rowan, Associate Director & BSW Coordinator

Noell Rowan joined the CHHS School of Social Work in the fall of 2013 as associate professor and coordinator of the BSW Program. As of 2015-16, she was promoted to full professor and has created the Substance Use Disorders and Addictions Program within the School of Social Work to assist both MSW students and community providers with enhanced education in this specialty area. Since 2016, she has served as the associate director for the School of Social Work, in addition to oversight of the undergraduate program. 

Prior to joining the CHHS School of Social Work, Rowan was the director of BSW Program at Kent School of Social Work, 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 more than 20 articles, co-edited a book, authored book chapters and reviews. 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 teaching awards; for Instructional Development for Innovative Teaching in Gerontology and 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, is a licensed clinical addictions specialist, 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