Welcome Message 

Welcome to our home - Field Education

Congratulations as you approach the final stretch of your formal social work education: Field, a course without walls.  

Field education, the signature pedagogy for social work education provides an opportunity to demonstrate learning through practical experiences integrating classroom knowledge into "real world" situations while demonstrating professionalism, strong professional boundaries, and a teachable attitude.  Strengthening your skill-set in the four social work core areas: Engage, Assess, Intervene, and Evaluate is crucial in your field education experience as an emerging social work professional.

We encourage you to begin this final stretch by spending quality time familiarizing yourself with the field education feature of our social work website. This is our attempt to reduce the anxiety that is a natural aspect of your field education experience, while increasing the role of excitement and fun (yes, we said fun and field in the same sentence) through detailed information, a necessity as you take this pivotal journey.

The field team

Field Education Information

Overall Field Education |
Akron Campus- Undergraduate & Graduate Foundation Students

Naomi White

   Naomi White, MSW
   Coordinator of Field Education
   Professor of Instruction
   407, Polsky Bldg.
   Phone: 330-972-5978
   Email: naomi1@uakron.edu

Lakewood Undergraduate Students

Janice Steinmetz
     Janice Steinmetz, MSW, LISW-S
     Lakewood BA/BASW Coordinator
     110B, Lakewood
     Phone: 216-221-1141
     Email: jestein@uakron.edu

Lakewood Graduate Students | Akron Campus Concentration Students

Becky Thomas
   Becky Thomas, MSW, LISW-S
   Lakewood MSW Coordinator
   415D, Polsky Bldg.
   Phone: 330-972-5682
   Email: bthomas@uakron.edu

Wayne College Undergraduate Students

Lisa Crites
   Lisa Crites, MSW, LISW-S
   Wayne BA/BASW Coordinator
   A-127, Wayne College
   Phone: 330-972-8707
   Email: lkc6@uakron.edu

Wayne College Graduate Students

Rob Terry2

Robert Terry, MSSA, LISW-S

MSW Wayne Coordinator
C-134, Wayne College
Phone: 330-972-8790
Email: rpterry@uakron.edu


Child Welfare University Partnership Program (UPP)

Melissa McCollister
   Melissa McCollister, PhD, MSW
   Campus Coordinator   
   University Partnership Program   
   410, Polsky Bldg.   
   Phone: 330-972-5287
   Email: mkm12@uakron.edu

Did you know?  Up to a $5,000 stipend awarded to BA|BASW and MSW students interested in a one year field placement and a one year commitment after graduation to work in one of the 88 county public child welfare agencies. 
For information on Ohio Child Welfare University Partnership Program (CWUPP):