James Madison University

Lisa McGuire

Head, Department of Social Work

PHOTO: Lisa McGuire
  • Office:  HBS 2086
  • Phone: 540-568-6980
  • Email: mcguirle@jmu.edu
  • Mailing Address:
    Social Work Department
    James Madison University - MSC 4303
    235 Martin Luther King Jr Way
    Harrisonburg, VA 22807


  • Ph.D. Case Western University, Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Cleveland, Ohio, 2000
  • MSW, Indiana University, School of Social Work, Indianapolis, Indiana. 1980
  • BA, Butler University, Psychology major, Indianapolis, Indiana. 1997


  • Indiana University School of Social Work, Associate Professor and BSW Director, Coordinator for partnership programs with the Indiana Department of Child Services, field coordinator and teacher-practitioner with Indianapolis public housing
  • Social Worker with community-based agencies in Indianapolis and Chicago, serving vulnerable children and families (e.g. Marillac Social Center, Children’s Bureau of Indianapolis, Big Sisters of Central Indiana)
  • Program Consultant with the Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Social Work, Illinois Child Sexual Abuse Consortium, Hamilton County Youth Service Bureau and other human services agencies
  • Community volunteer/board member of Genessaret Free Clinics, Christamore House and the Phoenix Theatre

Awards and Recognitions

  • Thomas Ehrlich Award for Service Learning, Indiana University, 2009
  • Directors Award, Christamore House Board of Directors, 2004 and 2006
  • Distinguished Service Award of Indiana University School of Social Work Alumni Association, 1999

Professional Interests and Affiliations

  • Council on Social Work Education
    • Chair, Council on Practice Methods and Specializations
    • Site Visitor
  • Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors Association
  • International Association on Research in Service Learning and Civic Engagement