Online Master of Social Work Faculty

Kori Bloomquist, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Kori Bloomquist is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Winthrop University and she is currently serving as the Interim Director of the Master of Social Work Program. Prior to coming to Winthrop, Bloomquist taught for the Indiana University School of Social Work (IUSSW) on the Indianapolis campus. She has over 10 years of direct practice experience in child welfare and additional practice experience in mental health, disability services, and gerontology. Bloomquist's areas of scholarship include pre-adoptive placement disruption, adoption from foster care, state child welfare evaluation, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), attitudes on poverty and social class, and social worker self-care and professional well-being.

Bloomquist is a research associate for the Title IV-E Waiver Evaluation Project with the IUSSW and Department of Pediatrics. She is also an advocate for women's reproductive rights. Bloomquist teaches at the B.S.W. and M.S.W. level. Some of her areas of teaching expertise include generalist practice, interpersonal helping skills, HBSE and child welfare.

Bloomquist earned her B.S.W., M.S.W., and Ph.D. in Social Work from Indiana University.

Anthony J. Hill, Ph.D.

Chairman of the Department of Social Work, M.S.W. Graduate Program Director and Associate Professor.

Dr. Anthony J. Hill is the Chair of the Department of Social Work, Graduate Program Director, and Associate Professor. Dr. Hill is a licensed clinical social worker. A member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), Dr. Hill is also a Certified Financial Worker and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional. Dr. Hill is an active member and leader of several professional associations, including the National Association of Social Workers. Dr. Hill’s research interests include financial social work and adolescent risk and resilience.

Dr. Hill earned his Masters of Social Work and Ph.D. in Social Work degrees from Howard University. He earned a graduate certificate in College and University Faculty Preparation also from Howard University. His B.A. in Speech Communications is from the George Washington University.

Monique Constance-Huggins, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Undergraduate Program Director

Monique Constance-Huggins is an Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Program Director in the Department of Social Work. Her research includes race and racial disparities, social capital among low-income women and families in rural context. She also engages in community needs assessment. Her research brings together empirical studies, theory and social policy. She teaches courses in research methods, social welfare policy and macro systems.

Constance-Huggins earned her Ph.D., M.S.W. and M.P.I.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Jennifer McDaniel, M.S.W.

Field Director

Jennifer McDaniel is the Field Director in the Department of Social Work at Winthrop. McDaniel served in the department as Assistant Field Director from 2010-2014 before stepping into the director's role. She is responsible for ensuring that the field educational requirements for the B.S.W. and M.S.W. programs are accomplished as required by the department's accrediting body, the Council on Social Work Education.

Prior to joining Winthrop's faculty, McDaniel worked in the Rock Hill community for more than 10 years as a medical social worker and administrator in the field of HIV/AIDS and hospice. She continues to be very committed to addressing community healthcare needs, specifically issues around quality and access for individuals who experience oppression and marginalization.

McDaniel earned her M.S.W. from the University of South Carolina and her B.S.W. from Winthrop University. Dr. McDaniel is licensed in the state of South Carolina as an independent social worker specializing in clinical practice.

Duane Neff, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Assessment Coordinator

Duane Neff is an assistant professor in the Department of Social Work at Winthrop. His research focuses on understanding social problems in context with an aim towards developing appropriate programmatic and public policy responses. Neff’s areas of study include community needs assessment, program development and evaluation, underage drinking and other problem drinking, social problems theory, policy analysis, the history and development of the welfare state and social work administration.

His professional experience includes being a part-time faculty member at Boston College's Graduate School of Social Work, a research associate in the Schneider Institute for Health Policy at Brandeis University, an associate faculty member in the School of Social Work at Arizona State University, and a program administrator in the Arizona Governor's Division of Drug Policy.

Neff received his Ph.D. in social policy from The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University, his M.S.W. from Arizona State University, and a B.S. in political science from Arizona State University.

Perry Owen, M.S.W.

Instructor and Assistant Field Director

Perry Owen worked as a school social worker in Charlotte for 32 years prior to his retirement in 2013. He has taught as an adjunct instructor at UNCC for 14 years in the Social Work department.

Owen earned his M.S.W. from the University of South Carolina and his B.A. in Sociology from UNCC.

Wendy Sellers, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Wendy Sellers is an associate professor of social work at Winthrop. Her areas of expertise are international social work, community development and immigration. She has worked in the areas of migrant health, migrant education, rural health and international community development and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua. She teaches courses in introduction to social work, macro practice, and research at Winthrop and leads travel abroad sessions to Latin America.

Sellers earned her Ph.D. and M.S.W. in Social Work from the University of South Carolina. She also holds an M.A. in History from Florida State University and a B.A. in History from Wofford College.

ZaDonna Slay, M.S.W.

M.S.W. Admissions Coordinator and Instructor

ZaDonna Slay is the M.S.W. admissions coordinator for the Department of Social Work at Winthrop University. Prior to her role at Winthrop, she worked as a non-profit administrator for 10 years in Savannah, Georgia, in the areas of child welfare and youth development. Her past roles included executive director of Savannah/Chatham CASA and executive director/CEO of the West Broad Street YMCA. Her focus areas are in community development with a concentration on the well-being of youth. Slay has served as a field supervisor and field liaison. Additionally, she has teaching experience in introductory to social services, and policy and practice in child/family advocacy.

She teaches B.S.W. and M.S.W. courses for the Department of Social Work in social welfare policy, generalist social work practice, and macro social work.

Slay earned her M.S.W. from the University of South Carolina and her B.S.W. from Savannah State University.

Christopher Ward, M.S.W.

Assistant Professor

Christopher Ward is a Ph.D. candidate at Virginia Commonwealth University's School of Social Work and new faculty member with the Winthrop University Department of Social Work. Ward has extensive teaching experience in the VCU B.S.W. and M.S.W. programs, including hybrid online courses. His teaching is centered at the intersection of sound pedagogy supported by the literature, working collaboratively with colleagues to develop strong curriculum, and providing opportunities for improvement building upon the unique strengths of every student. These teaching experiences expanded Ward's interests that developed research veins where he publishes and presents scholarly work on 1) the decision-making process selecting appropriate tools for the online learning environment, 2) the acquisition and retention of research method knowledge by social work students, and 3) the strengths and challenges of macro social work education. He is the 2017 recipient of the prestigious GADE Student Award for Teaching in Social Work. 

Ward previously spent almost seven years with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control as a health planning analyst working in the State's Certificate of Need program. His research interest focuses on the distribution and access of healthcare infrastructure from a perspective committed to social justice. Specifically, his dissertation, Role of Certificate of Need in Providing Nursing Home Facility Care Among the Older Adult Population in Virginia, explores how Certificate of Need (CON) program makes decisions concerning skilled nursing facilities.

Ward earned his B.S.W. from the University of Kansas and his M.S.W. from the University of South Carolina.

Jessica Yang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Jessica Yang is an Assistant Professor in the Social Work Department at Winthrop University. Yang is a passionate social worker, teacher and researcher who has devoted her career to improving outcomes for marginalized youth, with a specific passion for those served by the foster care system. Currently, she is working on projects examining disproportionate discipline practices affecting students of color and the impact of foster care on individuals throughout their life span. Additionally, Yang engages in research regarding systemic racism and oppression in larger systems such as schools or child welfare and the impacts of these experiences on individuals of color. Prior to entering academia, Yang worked in public child welfare in rural North Carolina. There, she investigated allegations of child maltreatment, provided in home services to families in need, and facilitated foster care and adoptive placements when necessary. Yang teaches courses in both the B.S.W. and M.S.W. programs at Winthrop, where some of her favorite courses are practice and theory.

Yang earned her B.S.W. and M.S.W. at Appalachian State and her Ph.D. from the University of Denver. Dr. Yang is licensed in the state of South Carolina as an independent social worker specializing in clinical practice.

To learn more about studying with Winthrop’s respected faculty to earn an online M.S.W. degree, please contact a program manager toll-free at 833/257-1704 with any questions or request more information today.