School of Social Work

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

Noell Rowan
McNeill Hall 3070

Research areas:
The overarching areas of gerontology, LGBT population and alcohol and other drug addictions, spirituality, and the impact on social work education and practice. She has worked with national colleagues on enhancing cultural awareness of the LGBT community in the older adult service network through providing several community based seminars using the award winning GEN SILENT film and curriculum. 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.

Prior to joining UNCW, Dr. Rowan was Director of BSW Program, Kent School of SocialWork, University of Louisville, from its inception (2007-2013). 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 (2010-2012). She collaborated on multiple research projects from local, state, and federal funding sources as Assistant Research Professor, University of Louisville (2005-2007). She earned BSW and MSW degrees from University of Georgia, and PhD 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 entitled, 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.