Department of Social Work
Wenham, MA 01984
Daniel C. Johnson
B.S. Liberty University
M.A., Ph.D. University of Virginia
Professor Johnson joined the Gordon faculty in 1998. His primary research and teaching interests are in critical social theory and cultural sociology, although he also enjoys teaching statistics to the math-phobic. His current research projects focus on the construction of the idea of "calling" among ministry-oriented adolescents, on the nature of hope, and on narratives of civilizational decline. He received the Distinguished Junior Faculty Award in 2003.
B.A. Wake Forest University
M.Div. Duke University
M.S.W. University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Ph.D. Brandeis University
Professor Trent joined the Gordon College faculty in 2003, having served seventeen years at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and three years at Barrington College in Rhode Island. His scholarly research activity lies in the history and theory of social policy formations that affect marginalized and disenfranchised groups. He is author of Inventing the Feeble Mind: A History of Mental Retardation in the United States that won the 1995 Hervey B. Wilbur Award of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. He also received the 2001 Paul Simon Outstanding Scholar Award from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. His book The Manliest Man: Samuel G. Howe and the Contours of Nineteenth-Century American Reform was published in 2012 by the University of Massachusetts Press.
Sybil W. Coleman
B.A. Gordon College
M.Ed. Salem State College
M.S.W. University of Minnesota
Professor Coleman joined the Gordon faculty in 1989, bringing with her 24 years of direct practice social work experience. Her primary teaching interests focus on the foundations of social work and social welfare as well as social work theories and practice with individuals, families and groups. She received the Distinguished Junior Faculty Award in 1995.
Margaret A. DeWeese-Boyd
B.A. Carson-Newman College
M.S.W. Washington University - St. Louis.
Ph.D. University of Missouri - St. Louis
Dr. DeWeese-Boyd came to Gordon in the spring of 1999 after receiving her doctorate in political science and her M.S.W. in social and economic development. Her primary research interests are in community-based development, sustainable development, and issues of social justice. Her publications include, "The Healthy City Versus the Luxurious City: Consumption and Sustainability in Plato's Republic," authored with Ian T.E. DeWeese-Boyd (Contemporary Justice Review), and "Community versus development? Land use and development policy in Vermont as a tool toward community viability" (Community Development Journal).
Sociology and Social Work
B.A., M.A. Stella Maris College
Ph.D. Brandeis University
M.T.S. Harvard University
Professor George is committed to the multi-disciplinary opportunities that sociology offers in her classroom. Her research and teaching since 1983 have focused on gender, religion, race, ethnicity, globalization and social change. She leads Gordon students in their study abroad program in South Africa, and is currently working on a book on international adoption. She received the Distinguished Senior Faculty Award in 2012.
Field Practicum Coordinator
B.S., M.S.W. University of Minnesota
M.P.A. Harvard University
D.Min. Episcopal Divinity School