Faculty and Staff Profiles

2022
Clinical Asst Professor, Social Work
Email: kconley@memphis.edu
Office Location: 117 Mccord Hall
Office Hours: Tuesdays 10:00a.m. - 12:00p.m.
Profile

I received my MSW from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 2010 and have since decided to continue my community-engaged scholarship pursing a doctoral degree in the Urban Affairs PhD where my research agenda focuses on the impact of housing instability in metropolitan areas. As a first-generation scholar, I study social problems of poverty and outcomes throughout the lifespan.

Teaching allows me to utilize a student-centered approach to educating students while preparing them for ethical and professional social work practice. As a Clinical Assistant Professor, I provide each student the opportunity to learn and grow in an environment that encourages the use of critical thinking and application of successful practice methods.

I serve as a skilled social worker with over 20 years of experience in direct service provision as well as professional training, coaching and mentoring while implementing an integrative pedagogy. My approach to higher education centers on supporting the individual’s personal and professional development while empowering them to explore self-awareness and clarity in cultural and cognitive processes. My dedication to the goals and vision established by the academic partnerships of social work is demonstrated in my passion for teaching and promotion of professionalism and teamwork.

As a Faculty Advisor for undergraduate social work students, I promote the development of self-awareness, relational, and soft skills to enhance professional success. In the role of Director of BA Field Placement, I offer guidance and supportive assistance to goal-oriented students who desire to help others while maintaining substantial commitment to community outreach. Program coordination provides an opportunity to create sustainable methods of recruiting, retaining, and teaching students using a collaborative approach valuing all contributions to success.

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Education
  • PhD Urban Affairs - The University of Memphis - Current
  • MSSW Social Work - The University of Tennessee at Knoxville - 2010
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree Psychology - The University of Memphis - 2000

Work Experience

  • Clinical Assistant Professor/ Director of BA Field Placement, The School of Social Work - The University of Memphis - 2015 - Present
  • Instructor/ Coordinator, The Department of Social Work - The University of Memphis - 2013 - 2015
  • Social Worker, The Blues Project - The University of Tennessee Health Science Center - 2012 - 2013
  • Project Associate, Child Welfare Training Center - The University of Memphis - 2006 - 2012
  • Recruiter, Case Management - Tennessee Department of Children's Services - 2003 - 2005
  • Case Management / Program Training Specialist, Direct Service Provision/ Human Resources - Memphis and Shelby County Children's Community Services Agency - 2000 - 2003
  • Child Support Services, Support Program - YWCA - 1998 - 2000
  • Customer Service/ RFP Analyst, Customer Service/ Human Resources - Promus Company/ Hilton Hotel Corporation - 1995 - 1998
Honors/Awards
  • Social Work Educator of the Year Award - The National Association of Social Workers, Tennessee - 2021
  • Elected Board Secretary for the Tennessee Health Related Board for Social Work - The Tennessee Health Related Board for Social Work - 2019 - 2020
  • Gubernatorial Reappointment to the Tennessee Regulatory Board for Social Work - The Tennessee Health Related Board for Social Work - 2018 - 2023
  • Social Work Advisor Excellence Award - The University of Memphis, School of Social Work Graduating Cohort - 2018
  • Gubernatorial Appointment to the Tennessee Regulatory Board for Social Work - The Tennessee Health Related Board for Social Work - 2013 - 2018
  • Phi Alpha Honor Society - The University of Tennessee Knoxville - 2010

Teaching Experience

  • SWRK 3010: Social Response to Human Need - The University of Memphis
  • SWRK 3902: Human Behavior and the Social Environment - The University of Memphis
  • SWRK 3903: Social Work Practice I - The University of Memphis
  • SWRK 3904: Social Work Practice II - The University of Memphis
  • SWRK 4830: Field Instruction I - The University of Memphis
  • SWRK 4831: Field Instruction II - The University of Memphis
  • SWRK 4840: Integrative Field Seminar I - The University of Memphis
  • SWRK 4841: Integrative Seminar II - The University of Memphis
  • SWRK 7056: MSW Intergrated Field Seminar - The University of Memphis

Student Advising/Mentoring

  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work - All Pre-social work students at Memphis Campus- Sophomore & Juniors - 2022 - Current
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work - All Memphis Campus social work student interns enrolled in 4830/4831. - All - Recurring Role

Creative Activities

  • Study Abroad - Social Work in Paris - June 2022 - July 2022 - Paris France - UofM Study Abroad
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Social Work Regulation - March 18, 2021 - Virtual Meeting - Association of Social Work Boards
  • Field Coordination and Program Directors Meeting - 2019 - Quarterly - UM School of Social Work - BA Field Director
  • Continuing Education Initiative (UM School of Social Work) - 2019 - Quarterly - UM School of Social Work: Memphis & Lambuth Campuses - UM School of Social Work
  • Green Zone/ Veteran- Campus friendly safe zone - 2018 - Current - The University of Memphis - UM Office of Veteran Services
  • Association of Social Work Boards Voting Delegate (TN) - November 6 -9, 2019 - Orlando, FL - ASWB- Nominating Committee Slate

Outreach

  • Cure Violence - Community Advisory Board - Heal901 - 2022 - Current - Shelby County Health Department
  • Nominating Committee - Determining slate for board members elections - Appointed Committee Members - 2021 - 2023 - The Association of Social Work Boards
  • Search Committee for Chief Executive Officer - Association of Social Work Boards Hiring Committee - February 2022 - June 2022 - The Association of Social Work Boards
  • Truth, Justice, & Liberation Collaborative - Social work students discussing anti-racism and healing. - 2021-2022 - Portland State University, University of Alabama, Michigan State University, and The University of Tennessee at Knoxville
  • Coalition of Black Social Workers - 13 - 2020 - Current - UM Tiger Zone - Office of Student Involvement
  • Continuing Competence Committee - Social Work Policy Regulators - Analyze policy for best practices - 2018 - 2019 -  
  • North American Network of Field Educators and Directors - Kenya Anderson - 2020 - Current - UofM School of Social Work
  • Regulatory Education Committee - Volunteer Social Work Regulators- Education Conference Planning - 2016 - 2018 - The Association of Social Work Boards
  • TN Department of Health Related Boards- Social Work - 11 Board Members - 2013 - Current - Gubernatorial Appointment - State of Tennessee
  • Community Alliance for the Homeless - Project Homeless Connect - 200+ - 2013 - 2013 - Volunteerism
  • Association of Social Work Boards Volunteer - Social work member boards - 2005 - Current - Tennessee Health Related Board for Social Work
Service
  • The University of Memphis- Athletics - Search Committee - Assistant AD for Mental Health - 2022-2022
  • School of Social Work, The University of Memphis - BA Program Coordinator - July 2022 - Current
  • School of Social Work, The University of Memphis - Field Instructor - 2021-2022
  • The University of Memphis - Experiential Learning Fellowship -CAS Faculty Sponsor - 2021-22
  • School of Social Work, The University of Memphis - Continuous Quality Improvement Committtee - 2020-2021
  • School of Social Work, The University of Memphis - Search Committee, Lecturer - 2020
  • The University of Memphis - Faculty Advisor/ Coalition of Black Social Workers (CBSW) - 2020 - Current
  • The University of Memphis - Hearing Officer - Office of Institutional Equity/Student Accountability - 2020 - Current
  • The University of Memphis - Disability Resources for Students Faculty Advisory Committee - 2019 - Current
  • School of Social Work, The University of Memphis - Admissions Reviewer - 2018 - Present
  • School of Social Work, The University of Memphis - Search Committee, Field Director - 2018
  • School of Social Work, The University of Memphis - Field Liaison - 2013 - Current
  • The University of Memphis - Academic Advising Network (AAN) - 2013 - Current
Consulting
  • Austin Peay State University - Social Work Field Education - March 2022
  • Tennessee Public Behavioral Health Workforce Workgroup - March 2021 - August 2021
  • National Black Leadership Commission on Health Diabetes Prevention Web Series - 2020-2021
  • Our Village, Memphis, TN - Consultation on area resources for non-profit - June 2019 - August 2019
  • Memphis Association of Black Social Workers - Chapter Origination, Founding Member - October 2015 -2016
Journal Articles
  • Simmons, L. D., Taylor, L. C., Anderson, K., & Neely-Barnes, S. L. (2018). Comparative experiences of first- and continuing-generation social work students. Journal of Social Work Education54(3), 480–491.
Presentations
  • Anderson, K. (March, 2020). Diversity & Equity in Social Work Regulation. Virtual presentation in the Board Member Exchange at the Association of Social Work Boards Annual Education Meeting. 
  • Anderson, K., Bonner, C., Delva, J., Fisher, B. Yadama, G. (August, 2020). Moving Toward Antiracism: Developing Action for Social Work Academic Institutions. Virtual Presentation National Association of Social Workers, MA Chapter and the Greater Boston Association of Black Social Workers.
  • Anderson, K. & Woods, B. (April, 2019) Prudent Parenting Workshop. Presented at the University of Memphis Social Work Symposium.
  • Hirschi, M. & Anderson, K. (2019, April). Is It Me? Understanding the Role of Power in Our Educational System and the Detrimental Impact for Our Children. Workshop presentation at the University of Memphis Social Work Symposium, Memphis, TN.
  • Anderson, K., & Hirschi, M. (2019, July). Understanding the Role of Power in Our Educational System and the Impact for Our Children. Workshop presentation at the Tennessee National Association of Multicultural Education Inaugural Conference, Cookeville, TN.
  • Anderson, K. (August, 2019) Social Work Licensure Updates in Tennessee. Presentation at the National Association of Social Workers Tennessee Chapter Lunch and Learn, Memphis, TN.
  • Anderson, K., & Hirschi, M. (2019, September). Power and Ethics in Our Educational System: The Role of Social Workers in Our Schools. Workshop presentation at the Tennessee Association of School Social Workers Annual Conference, Cordova, TN.
  • Hirschi, M., & Anderson, K. (2019, October). Is it me? Understanding power in our educational system and our role. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.
  • Jin, S., Yoon, Y. Hirschi, M. & Anderson, K. (November, 2019). Cultural Barriers to Colorectal Cancer among Korean Americans. Poster Presentation at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Denver, Colorado.
  • Anderson, K. (April, 2017). Moderator for Student Liability Workshop.  Association of Social Work Boards Annual Education Conference, Las Vegas, NV.  
  • Anderson, K. (May, 2016). First Generation Faculty Advocates. Workshop presentation at the University of Memphis, Memphis In May Student Affairs Conference.
  • Anderson, K. (November, 2014) Social Work Licensure in Tennessee. Presentation at the National Association of Social Workers Tennessee Chapter Lunch and Learn, Memphis, TN.
Appendix E - Outreach
  • 2019- Outreach for Memphis Opiod Workforce- Paraprofessional Expansion Program (MOW-PEP). Outreach to establish community partnerships with the Assisi Foundation, Memphis Day Reporting Center, Serenity Recovery Center, PAX Memphis and the Exchange Club Carl Perkins Center.