Lori Messinger, PhD
Dean of the UT College of Social Work and Professor
- BA in Philosophy, Douglass College
- MA in Political Science, Rutgers University
- MSW and PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Messinger’s primary areas of research include cultural competence in social work education and practice; comprehensive community planning processes; and organizational change processes, especially in higher education institutions.
Dr. Lori Messinger brings more than 15 years of progressive leadership in both research and comprehensive public universities, having served as BSW Program Director at the University of Kansas (2004-2010) and as School of Social Work Director (2011-2015), Associate Vice Chancellor for Community Engagement (2015-2017), and Senior Fellow for Diversity Initiatives (2018) at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW). Prior to joining KU in 2011, she was an Assistant Professor at the University of Alabama (2002-2004) and North Carolina State University (1999-2002).
Dr. Messinger received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Douglass College, a Master of Arts degree in Political Science from Rutgers University, and a Master of Social Work degree and a PhD in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Her primary areas of research include cultural competence in social work education and practice; comprehensive community planning processes; and organizational change processes, especially in higher education institutions. Recent funded research projects have been supported by the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), Lambda Legal, the North American Case Research Association, and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), where she served as a CSWE Senior Scholar.
An award-winning teacher, Dr. Messinger also has been recognized for her professional contributions, selected as the 2014 “Woman to Watch” in Education by WILMA Magazine/Greater Wilmington Business Journal and receiving the 2006 Distinguished Contemporary Contributions in Undergraduate Social Work Award from the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD). She serves on the Board of Directors of the Council for Social Work Education, and her community board service focuses on civil rights and social justice.