Western Michigan University's School of Social Work is proud to offer quality field education opportunities to BSW and MSW students to develop professional-level competencies in social work practice at micro, mezzo and macro levels, and to serve as the signature pedagogy, or the most fundamental way that social work practice is taught, in social work education. The field office at the School of Social Work strives to make field education one of the highlights of the social work educational experience.
Field education is a significant, impactful and engaging part of social work education. It is where students practice the knowledge, skills and values of the social work program, and learn to be a professional social worker in practice. This intensive focus on field education is unique in social work education, and is what makes it our signature pedagogy.
The School of Social Work is always looking for ways to engage students, faculty and field instructors to improve the process. If you have ideas about how to make the field education process easier, more responsive or more fun, please contact the appropriate field office and share your ideas.
- Rosemary Andrews at firstname.lastname@example.org or (269) 387-3188, Kalamazoo
- Vicki Poleni at email@example.com or (616) 771-9484, Grand Rapids
- Marian Tripplett at firstname.lastname@example.org or (269) 934-1512, Benton Harbor
- Field Graduate Assistant at email@example.com or (269) 387-3206
COVID Updates for field placements
Field instructor of the year
Each year the Field Education Committee seeks nominations for the School of Social Work's field instructor of the year award.
2018 -19 Recipients
Andrea Bishop, LMSW, InterAct of Michigan
Kim Rychener, LMSW, Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health
Jenifer Hill, LCSW, Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County