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Department of Social Work

College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences

SSWA (for BSW students)

The undergraduate Student Social Work Association (SSWA) is devoted to creating a positive educational and social atmosphere for social work students. The extracurricular activities enhance students' professional development as social workers. SSWA meets on a monthly basis, and announcements about scheduled meetings are made in social work classes. Membership dues are $10 per academic year, and membership is open to all declared social work majors and minors. An SSWA membership allows participation in all SSWA sponsored activities and committees and provides opportunities:

  • to practice leadership skills by becoming an officer in the organization.
  • to increase awareness of social and ethical issues while engaging in a hands-on experience in solving problems in today's society.
  • to serve on departmental committees as a student representative.

If you wish to become a member, please complete the Membership Application and then turn the application and your dues into one of the officers or to the SSWA mailbox in Lyle House.

Faculty Advisor:

Lyle House Rm 105

Master of Social Work Student Association

The mission of the MSWSA is to advocate for and collaborate with ETSU campus causes, educate students about Social Work (through such avenues as raising community awareness of social work, what social workers do, and a bulletin board in Rogers-Stout), and donate our time to help our ETSU community as well as the greater Tri-Cities community.

2020-21 MSWSA Officers

Geordyn Houston

Vice President:
Rachel Ratley

Leah Ramey

Courtney Naylor

Social Media:
Heather Hutchins

Faculty Advisor:

Phi Alpha

 Phi Alpha 2016

Through Knowledge - The Challenge is to Serve

Nu Chapter

The purpose of Phi Alpha Honor Society is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.

2015 Phi Alpha Induction Photo

Benefits of Membership

  • Membership to a nationally recognized organization that supports high standards in social work education
  • Participation in scholarly activities and social action events
  • Working alongside student colleagues and professors to create a scholarly environment
  • Individual Scholarship Opportunities
  • Being honored with a certificate and honor cord at an induction ceremony prior to graduation
  • Chapter Service Award participation with monetary recognition
  • Potential recognition in the New Social Worker Magazine
  • Access to a list-serv to allow networking with Phi Alpha members across the country.

2013 Phi Alpha BSW Induction Photo

Nu Chapter Qualifications for Undergraduate Membership

An undergraduate student is eligible for membership after achieving the following local chapter requirements.

  • Declared Social Work as a Major
  • Achieved junior status.
  • Completed 12 semester hours of required social work courses.
  • Achieved an overall GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Achieved a 3.50 GPA in required social work courses.

2013 Phi Alpha BSW Induction Photo

National Qualifications for Graduate Membership

A Graduate student is eligible for membership after achieving the following national requirements and meeting local chapter requirements.

  • Completed one term of course work with the minimum number of social work credits as determined by local chapter.
  • Achieved a minimum GPA of 3.5 based on a 4.0 scale.
  • Local chapters may establish higher eligibility requirements.

Please note that all memberships are obtained through Nu Chapter of Phi Alpha.

Individual Lifetime Memberships are $20.00

For further information contact:

Michael Burford, PhD, LCSW
Assistant Professor
Phi Alpha Chapter Advisor
Department of Social Work
Campus Center Building Room 317A
Johnson City, TN 37614

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