The School of Social Work at Algoma University offers academic excellence for professional education in Sault Ste Marie and in Timmins. Graduates of the four-year Bachelor of Social Work degree are prepared to practice anti-oppressive social work at the entry-level with diverse populations in a Canadian context and are introduced to anti-racism perspectives. Our programming was developed in consultation with various local employers in Sault Ste. Marie and Timmins, who have cited a growing need for employees. For this reason, our programming is designed to help fulfil the need for social workers in northern, rural, and remote regions.
We are aware of the impact that colonial actions, legislation, policy and institutions, including Residential Schools and child welfare systems, have on Indigenous Peoples, and we are committed to preparing students to critically reflect on how their work as future social workers has a role in working to move forward for a better future. The School of Social Work is committed to playing its role in addressing the Calls to Action that have been made by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Social Work Program Mission and Principles
The mission of the School of Social Work at Algoma University is to deliver a BSW program that prepares students for generalist practices in anti-racist, anti-colonial, Indigenous, structural, critical feminist, and anti-oppressive social work practice. Graduates will be able to practice critical anti-oppressive social work in ways that are ethically informed and directed toward advancing equity, equality, and social justice with Black, Indigenous, two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, individuals who express their gender and sexuality in other ways outside heteronormativity and the gender binary (2SLGBTIQ+), Northern, Francophone, as well as other marginalized groups and remote communities. We acknowledge the intersectional realities of these dynamic identities and recognize that these experiences interlock in complex ways. Our faculty engages in collaborative community research, practice and teaching initiatives and engagement. You will be expected to participate and engage with the faculty and other students in enriching experiential learning in our program.
The Social Work Program’s mission statement and program delivery is well embedded in the university’s strategic objectives in line with Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE), and is committed to:
- Social justice, social equity, reconciliation, community healing and social change based on humanitarianism and egalitarianism.
- Dismantling anti-Indigenous racism, anti-Black racism, anti-Asian racism and issues of marginalization based on race, gender, class, sexuality, ability, age, religion and other forms of oppression by engaging with anti-colonial and anti-oppressive practices and other liberation discourses that value ethical inclusivity, diversity, respect and the dignity and worth of all people.
- Highlighting Indigenous knowledge and approaches, and to affirm histories that continue to be neglected and silenced. We problematize colonialism in its historic and ongoing guises.
- Developing professional cultures that bring together teaching faculty, field instructors, students, alumni and social workers in the field, from diverse geographical and spatial locations, for example, South Porcupine (Timmins), and Sault College in Sault Ste. Marie, as partners in the realization of the BSW program’s mission within the mission of the university.
- Our teaching, learning, practice, and research being guided by the CASWE code of ethics, and the seven grandfather teachings.
- Multiple epistemological practices and pedagogical approaches that employ inclusive, interactive lectures; learning circles and circle work; small group work; work integrated learning, small group exercises; hands-on skills-based practice learning in areas of individual, couple, group work, family and community practice; video; podcasts, case studies; simulated experience; community visits; engagement with community activism guest presentations; student presentations; and both culture, and land-based instruction, and other forms of experiential learning.
- Developing partnerships with other colleges, communities, organizations and other local and international stakeholders.
- Working with, and advancing the accreditation standards of the Canadian Association for Social Work Education at the BSW level.
Two Unique Campus Locations
The Sault Ste. Marie campus is located in the heart of the Great Lakes, while the Timmins campus is located on the Mattagami River; each providing truly unique northern experiences. Both locations have cited a growing need for employees. For this reason, our program is designed to help fulfil the need for social workers in northern, rural and remote regions.
Algoma University is committed to being a welcoming, inclusive, safe, and respectful learning community; one that values the opportunities to learn from and with students, staff and visitors from all parts of the world. This is what makes Algoma University such a special place.Learn More
As part of any BSW program found in Canada, all students must successfully complete 700 hours of field placement. If you are a college graduate or have work experience, you may be eligible for a reduction in your field practicum hours.Learn More
Meet Our Team
Meet the faculty and staff members of the School of Social Work
Dr. Rose Cameron
Associate ProfessorView Contact Info
Meghan Boston-McCracken, MSW, RSW
Social Work Field Education, Admissions and Community Engagement CoordinatorView Contact Info
Dr. Walter Chan, MSW, PhD
Assistant ProfessorView Contact Info
Dr. Rose Ann Torres, Ph.D.
Director and Assistant Professor, School of Social WorkView Contact Info
Dr. Suleyman Demi, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor, School of Social WorkView Contact Info
Ashley Beharriell, B.A, B.Ed
School of Social Work Administrative AssistantView Contact Info
Dr. Jodi Webber, MSW, PhD
Assistant ProfessorView Contact Info
Sessional InstructorView Contact Info
Faculty Liaison for Field PlacementView Contact Info
Field Education, Admissions & Engagement CoordinatorView Contact Info
Dr. Dionisio Nyaga, MSW, Ph.D.
Assistant ProfessorView Contact Info
“Attending Algoma University has been a great experience for me. The faculty in at the School of Social Work are outstanding and are truly supportive on all fronts. The program itself has allowed me to grow as a person, and into the social worker I want to be.”
“I believe this is a program that embraces diversity and encompasses what society can become. As a student who is actively working in the social work field, I can confidently say that the BSW program's knowledge can change people's lives. ”
“The BSW program provides opportunities to be able to engage with students, staff and faculty in ways that create relationships and dialogue that promote inclusivity, critical thinking, and social justice. I have been able to draw upon the information provided in various courses to develop methods of practice with individuals, families, and communities in various social contexts.”
“Algoma University has provided me with a culturally rich experience beyond education. The program enriched my development by allowing me to be myself, a young man trying to figure out his purpose and where he belongs.”