CHHS Welcomes New Director of the School of Social Work

Lori Messinger

Dr. Lori Messinger, MA, MSW, PhD
Professor, Director
School of Social Work
College of Health and Human Services

Dr. Lori Messinger is the new Director of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, arriving at UNCW on July 18, 2011.  “We are excited to have Lori join our CHHS Leadership Team” said Founding Dean Charles J. Hardy.  “Her vision, passion and collaborative style will no doubt positively contribute to our journey toward sustainable distinction”, said Hardy.  

Dr. Messinger came to UNCW from the University of Kansas (KU) School of Social Welfare, where she was an Associate Professor and served as the BSW Program Director from 2004-2010. Prior to joining KU, she was an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Alabama and North Carolina State University.

Dr. Messinger received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Douglass College, a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Rutgers University, and a Master of Social Work degree and a PhD in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

Dr. Messinger's primary areas of research include social work practice with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) populations; comprehensive community planning processes; cultural competence in social work education and practice; and organizational change processes, especially in higher education institutions. She has published widely in social work, social psychology, and higher education journals. Among her many publications, she co-authored a textbook and a casebook with Dr. Deana Morrow on practice with LGBT populations with Columbia University Press, and she edited a collection of LGBT-focused teaching modules.  She has conducted funded research with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), Lambda Legal, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the North American Case Research Association. 

Dr. Messinger was the recipient of the 2006 Distinguished Contemporary Contributions in Undergraduate Social Work Award from the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD), along with several school and university teaching awards. She has served on boards, councils, and committees with the Council on Social Work Education, the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors, and the North Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.


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