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Liz Wagner, MSW

Instructor of Social Work
(563) 588.6535
Catherine Byrne Hall 326B
MS 1705 (to send on-campus mail)

Educational Background

Master of Social Work (1996)

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois


Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (1992)

Lewis University

Romeoville, Illinois

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that the students are entitled to the best education.  Education comes in the form of acquiring necessary information, the skills to put that knowledge into practice and gives students the ability to live up to their full potential.  As I believe that knowledge grows from experiences, teaching should include the material information as well as hands on skills, classroom discussions and activities that foster a learning environment so that students and teachers can learn from the experiences of each other and field experiences that can be integrated with the material to make learning more cohesive.

Change your thoughts and you change your world. - Norman Vincent Peale

Liz Wagner


Professional Background

I have 10 years of experience in child welfare, child protection, juvenile justice, adoption, foster care and adult protective services.  5 of those years were spent as the CPS supervisor for Grant County Department of Social Services.  Additional services as a School Social Worker and Police Social Worker.  Prior to coming to Clarke University, I taught 2 ½ years at Northeast Iowa Community College, teaching all 11 courses and field placement for the Human Services Department.

Courses Taught

  • SW 101 Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare
  • SW 630 Crisis Intervention
  • SW 225 Issues in Social Work Practice:  Child Welfare
  • SW 231 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
  • CU 101 Transitions

Certifications and Memberships

  • Advanced Practice Social Work Certification (2013)
  • Illinois Type 73 School Personnel Certification (1996)
  • Member of the National Association of Social Workers (2016)
  • Co-Chair of the Social Work Marketing and Recruiting Committee
  • Member of the Social Work Explicit Curriculum Committee