The core social work program faculty represent many years in both practice of social work as professionals and social work educators.The experiences of our faculty make the program strong with high academic and practice standards as prescribed by CSWE.
Dr. Rapp, Chair of the Social Work Program, has been with Misericordia University since 2010. She has extensive experience in Gerontology, Mental Health, Addictions, homelessness and Housing for the disenfranchised. Her 30+ years in the field and her 10 years chairing a similar program in New York have given her skills to benefit the program and our students. Dr. Rapp earned her BBA from The College of Insurance, MSW from Adelphi University and Ph.D. from New York University. She has been licensed since 1984 and a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers since 1987.
Room Number: McAuley Walsh Room 201
Phone Number: (570) 674-6260
Mr. Fisher is beginning his final year in the Social Work Program at Misericordia University after 36 years of service. During his tenure he taught courses sociology and social work practice and served as Program Director and Director of Field Education from 1981 to 2010. He was also responsible for field coordination and for administration of the University's Sociology Program and Minor/Certificate Programs in Addictions Counseling, Child Welfare Services and Gerontology. He earned both his B.S. and M.Ed. Degrees at Bloomsburg University and his MSW at Marywood University. In addition, he completed post-baccalaureate certificates in Addictions Counseling at Villanova University and Trauma Counseling at the University of Buffalo. He is a licensed social worker and member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers.
Phone Number: (570) 674-6268
Dr. Calderone is in his 34th year teaching in the Social Work Program at Misericordia University. He earned his A.B. in English at Wilkes University, MSSW at University of Wisconsin-Madison and his Ed.D. degree at Temple University. He is a licensed social worker and member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers and is a certified spiritual director. Dr. Calderone’s employment experience includes direct social work practice in community mental health, as well as community practice in an innovative prevention program targeting educational, health care, and religious professionals. He spent one academic year as a volunteer at the Pine Ridge Reservation of the Olgala Sioux in South Dakota and is particularly interested in diversity education. Dr. Calderone has made numerous conference presentations on issues of diversity at both the regional and national level and has served as a board member on the College’s Diversity Institute which is actively involved with the local community in promoting educational programming in the areas of prejudice reduction and multi cultural understanding.
Room Number: McAuley Walsh Room 214
Phone Number: (570-674-6209
The Social Work Program is fortunate to have a dedicated and talented group of adjunct faculty who have given unselfishly of their time and energies to ensure that our students are provided with current theory, practice knowledge, and skills. Adjunct instructors, most of whom are presently employed in supervisory capacities within local social service agencies, are the primary faculty for our Minor/Certificate Programs in Addictions Counseling, Child Welfare Services and Gerontology.