Social Work

Social Work Program

Contact Information

Social Work Program
Creighton Hall Suite 424
Phone: 402.280.2079
Director: Monica White, LCSW, MSW

Office Coordinator:

Social Work Awards

Social Work as a major at Creighton University prepares students for a practice-based profession. Students who enjoy the major courses tend to express goals of making a difference in the lives of others, learning ‘hands-on,’ being active in social justice, and working directly in the community. The educational plan for social work prepares students to do just that –make a difference in the lives of others, specifically those in our communities who tend to be more vulnerable. Social work builds skills in working with individuals, families, groups, organizations, communities, and at the policy change level. The following pages of this website will provide prospective students and their supporters with information that can help inform your study decision. Please also reach out to our faculty, staff, or students for more specific information. We look forward to visiting with you!

Our Mission

Our Mission

The purpose of the Creighton Social Work program is to facilitate learning experiences integrating both the art and science of social work practice. Social work students are educated to join with, assess and utilize best practices to address the needs of vulnerable and marginalized populations. Integrating knowledge with care of the whole person is not only the cornerstone of a Jesuit education but required for accreditation, certification and licensure for the social work profession. This department provides "hands on" learn inning experiences whenever feasible and provides quality supervision and support during the learning process to enhance the capacity and resiliency of our students.

Social Work Program Goals

Social Work Program Goals

  1. Prepare undergraduate generalist social work practitioners grounded in evidence-informed practice, to work with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities including an understanding and applicability of the global perspective for practice.
  2. Prepare entry-level generalist practitioners who apply ethical decision-making based on the National Association of Social Work Code of Ethics, and the Ignatian charisms integrating personal and professional ideals through mature self-evaluation and self-reflection.
  3. Prepare social work leaders committed to advancing social and economic justice and human rights along with reducing social and economic inequities in society.

Social Work Awards

Dr. Herb Grandbois Social Work Student of the Year - Congratulations Frannie Eisenhauer!

Frannie is the winner of the 2019-2020 Dr. Herb Grandbois Student Social Worker of the Year. This award is voted on by the student's peers, all declared social work students. 

Former Social Work program director, Dr. Barb Harris shares this history of Dr. Grandbois and the award named for him:

Sun Bear of the Chippewa Tribe once remarked: 

I do not think the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are, but rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man.
  — Sun Bear (Vincent LaDuke), Chippewa Tribe

As a professor Dr. Grandbois modeled the value that how we relate as people is most important.  This is evident in his teaching relationships and among the faculty. If you have the good fortune to know Dr. Grandbois you are well aware that he is a uniquely unassuming, gentle and a private man. Besides being an excellent teacher, a thoughtful and generous mentor and the leader of the social work program for 24 years, Herb Grandbois has an infectious laugh, a grinny smile and a prankster's heart.  It is the combination of those traits that capture the attention of everyone he meets.  The student social worker of the year award is named the Herb Grandbois student social worker award to honor his great love of teaching social work students.  So, to honor him it is appropriate to end with a Native American sentiment - let us give thanks for unknown blessings, already on their way.   


Frannie majored in Social Work and minored in Health Administration & Policy. She has been active on campus with the Admissions office, her sorority, the Student Organization of Social Workers (SOSW), and volunteering with Best Buddies. Frannie's leadership and friendly personality led her peers to select her as the Student Social Worker of the Year. Frannie will be working full-time after graduation at Duet, working with individuals with developmental and/or cognitive disabilities. 


Phi Alpha Student of the Year

Congratulations Owen Wurst! This award is bestowed upon a senior social work student who is a member of Phi Alpha honor society and has the highest GPA of the senior class members. The Phi Alpha honor society holds its members to high academic standards. This ward is recognition of consistent academic pursuits and excellence in undergraduate education.


Owen  majored in Social Work and has been active with Intervarsity during his undergraduate career. He has accepted a full-time position with them to ebgin after graduation. Owen also has received accolades for his academic achievement with induction last year into Alpha SIgma Nu and this year, Phi Beta Kappa. Owen also provides leadership on campus, often behind the scenes, and was recognized for his contributions with the 2020 Rev. Tom Schloemer, S.J. Outstanding Student Leader Award.

Dr. Barb Harris Social Work Poster of the Year - Congratulations Ally Phan!

2019-2020 Dr. Barb Harris Poster Award goes to:

The Dr. Barb Harris poster award is determined by outside evaluator assessment of the seniors? capstone posters and professional presentations.  The capstone poster day is a culminating event in the academic lives of senior social work students where they demonstrate synthesis of their major area of study, highlighting the social work process as well as parallel practice issues.

This award was formally named for Dr. Barb Harris beginning in 2019, following her retirement from the Social Work program after 25 years of leadership; first as the Field Director and then as the Program Director.  Dr. Harris was a pioneer in Social Work education, one of the first to use a capstone project to help students synthesize their classroom learning with their practicum experience.  Many schools across the nation reached out to Dr. Harris and modeled their own capstone projects on the one she created.  The capstone project is a challenging undertaking and produces an academic paper and professional poster highlighting the social work change process led by the student in their practicum experience. Dr. Harris now leads the first Ignatian Mindfulness program at the Creighton College of Dentistry.  This annual award connects a current student with her rich history of dedicated service, leadership, and advocacy.

Ally majored in Social Work and minored in Studio Art. She completed her senior practicum field work at Legal Aid of Nebraska where she conducted her capstone project implementing education and training with attorneys to expand their understanding and skills in trauma-informed care as they serve vulnerable clients. This work led her to be selected as the winner for poster of the year by two external evaluators and alumni of the Social Work program. Ally is looking for a social work advocacy position in her California community where she also can be near family.