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Rebecca Jackson

Rebecca Jackson, MSSW

Director, Field and International Education and
Assistant Professor of Practice


  • BA, University of Virginia
  • MSSW, University of Tennessee

Courses Taught:

  • Foundation Field and Seminar (SW536, SW542 and SW544)
  • Advanced Field (SW586 and SW587)


Rebecca Jackson has been the Director of Field and International Education since 2013. She previously served as the MSSW Field Coordinator for the Knoxville campus from 2004 to 2013. Prior to coming to the University, Rebecca worked for several years in residential services for children, adolescents and young adults.  She served as a Social Worker, Centennial Project Director, and Administrator of the John Tarleton Home for Children.  In addition, she served as a Volunteer Coordinator for the Helen Ross McNabb Center and taught English as a Second Language at Maryville College Center for English Language Learning.

Her current roles encompass oversight of Field Education for BSSW and MSSW students at the College of Social Work and international initiatives and activities for students and faculty:

  • As Director of Field Education, Rebecca works with the Field Faculty in all College programs to develop curriculum for students and training programs for field instructors. She also provides oversight of the placement development process and assures compliance of the field program with accreditation standards.
  • As Director of International Education, Rebecca works with Social Work students to develop opportunities for study and field abroad and works with international partner schools to bring their students to study at the College. She also works with College faculty to assist in developing faculty-led programs abroad and to identify opportunities for collaboration with international scholars.


Dupper, D.R., Rocha, C., Jackson, R. & Lodato, G. (2014). Broadly trained but narrowly used? Factors that predict the performance of environmental vs. individual tasks by school social workers. Children & Schools, 36, 71-77.

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