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Social Work Faculty and Staff

Simon Funge, Ph.D., MSW
Simon Funge, Ph.D., MSW
- Associate Professor, BSW Program Director, Acting Department Head (Spring 2022)

Field Seminar, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Research Methods, Social Work Practice with Individuals, Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities, Social Work Practice for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


My research interests include domestic academic sojourns for social work education, efficacy to teach social justice content in social work education, the institutional factors that support social work education for social justice, and educational outcomes of social work education for social justice.


PhD, Social Welfare, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - 2013

MSW, Social Work, California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) - 1998

BA, Psychology, University of California, Irvine (UCI) - 1992


Originally from England, I grew up in southern California. Prior to receiving my MSW, I provided counseling and coordinated a psychosocial rehabilitation program providing support to community members living with a mental illness who were either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. And, as a professional social worker, I worked for a national human relations organization conducting a variety of advocacy, conflict resolution, and education programs aimed at promoting more inclusive communities. I also have experience in community development and working with paroled juvenile sex offenders.

Prior to joining WKU, I taught both graduate and undergraduate social work courses for 10 years in the School of Social Work at CSULB.

Each Summer, I travel with students to metropolitan Los Angeles to explore innovative social services on a WKU Faculty-Led USA Program.

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