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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. Margaret A. Rapp, MSW, Ph.D., LSW, ACSW

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


 Dr. Susan McDonald, MSW, Ph.D., LCW

Dr. McDonald begins her appointment with Misericordia's Social Work Program in August 2013 as DIRECTOR OF FIELD EDUCATION. She has a BA degree in Criminal Justice from Wilkes University, an MSW from Marywood University and a Ph.D. from Fordham University. She comes to us with extensive background in social work education and clinical work. She has served Alvernia, Temple, Marywood, Kutztown and DeSales University.  Her work experience has been in the area of bereavement with children and hospice care. She also has a private practice where she sees children, individuals and families.

Dr. James Calderone, Ed.D., ACSW, LSW

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 will now be part-time faculty to the department in his retirement.

Room Number: McAuley Walsh Room 214
Phone Number: (570-674-6209

Mr. Dennis Fisher 

After 37 years of faithful and professional service to the Social Work Program, Mr. Fisher is retiring in December 2013. All students, faculty and staff wish him God Speed with a huge THANK YOU for a job well done!!