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Department of Social Work

Kathleen Z. Russell

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Kathy Russell
Phone:
Office:
Xavier Hall - Room 336
Employed:
17 Years
  • Professional
  • Personal

Additional Titles/Roles

  • Coordinator of Field Instruction

Education

  • Ph.D., Education/Organizational Development and Institutional Studies, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1983
  • M.S.W., Education/Organizational Development and Institutional Studies, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1979
  • B.A., Social Work, Lock Haven University, Lock Haven PA, 1974

Areas of Emphasis or Expertise

  • Policy Planning and Organizational Development
  • Services to Organizations and Communities
  • Services to Families and Children
  • School Social Work

Biography

Dr. Kathleen Russell is the Coordinator for Field Education at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA. Prior to this, she served for 11 years as Chair of the Department. Kathy received her Bachelor of Social Work degree from Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania in 1974. She earned her Master of Social Work and Ph.D. (Education/Organizational Development and Institutional Studies) degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill finishing in 1983, then taught at the University of Nebraska at Kearney from 1983 to 1990. Between 1990 and 1999, Kathy created a private consulting service specializing in training for non-profits, congregational development, and large group dispute resolution (including church fights). She is a past President of the Board of Directors of Associated Ministries of Tacoma/Pierce County, an ecumenical organization whose mission is to unite people of faith to build strong communities. She is one of the founding collaborators in work with Children and Families of Incarcerated Parents in Washington State, and served on the Advisory Committee established by the legislature. In addition to children and families of the incarcerated, her areas of interest include community and organizational development, dispute resolution, and social policy.