Hello! I am Isiah Marshall Jr., Assistant Professor of Social Work and Coordinator of the Bachelor of Social Work Program in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Work here at Winston-Salem State University (NC). I teach courses in the Social Welfare Policy sequence (Social Welfare Policy I SOW 3368 and Social Welfare Policy II SOW 3369) and the Field Instruction sequence (SOW 3641 Field Instruction I and SOW 4541 Field Instruction II). My research interests include gerontology, social work education/practice, African American males, disabilities, urban/rural issues, and LGBTQ people of color. Currently, the Bachelor of Social Work Program is seeking accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and if all goes well, the program will be fully accredited by June 2012.
Prior to my arrival here in 2007, I was a lecturer in the Department of Social Work at Bowie State University (MD). At Bowie State I taught courses in research, Social Work with Black Families, Social Work Ethics, and Field Instruction. From 1998-2007, I practiced social work in Long-term and acute care facilities in the Baltimore-Washington (DC) area.
On a personal note, I am a native of Houston, Texas (but have deep roots in Southwest Louisiana). I have traveled to Greece, France, Canada, Mexico, St.Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Tortola, BVI and Puerto Rico. In addition, I have a passion for ALL types of music (Funk, Gospel, R&B, Jazz, Zydeco and Top 40). My father is a former “circuit rider” in the United Methodist Church; my mother is a retired Registered Nurse; and my younger sister is a dietetics major at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. I learned the meaning of service traveling with my father visiting the sick and shut-in members of his churches in East Texas. Today, I’ve “switched agencies”- but I still serve people in need. If you know me well, you know I have a passion for HBCUs and their historical mission. Although many HBCUs have fallen on hard-times due to low enrollment, anemic financial support, inadequate professors/administrators, and different types of students- I whole heartedly feel that there is still a mission unfulfilled and it is up to US to complete the task of educating people. In the words of a woman who started a great institution with just a few dollars…
I LEAVE YOU A THIRST FOR EDUCATION. Knowledge is the prime need of the hour. More and more, Negroes are taking full advantage of hard-won opportunities for learning, and the educational level of the Negro population is at its highest point in history. We are making greater use of the privileges inherent in living in a democracy. If we continue in this trend, we will be able to rear increasing numbers of strong, purposeful men and women, equipped with vision, mental clarity, health and education.
Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune