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Martina Ward

Martina Ward

Martina Ward, MSSW

Coordinator of Field Education, MSSW Program – Knoxville campus and
Assistant Professor of Practice


  • BA, College of Wooster
  • MSSW, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Courses Taught:

  • Generalist Field Practice Full Time 1/Extended II (SW542)
  • Advanced Field Practice (SW584, SW586, SW587)

Research Interests:

My research interests include field education, outcomes for children and families served by Head Start Programs, access to resources in rural areas, and risk factors and strengths of the migrant and seasonal farmworker population.


Martina Ward joined the College of Social Work in 2018 as an Assistant Professor of Practice and Coordinator of MSSW Field for Knoxville. Prior to entering this role, Martina was involved in field education as a Field Instructor to multiple MSSW and BSSW students, and she served on the Knoxville Campus Field Advisory Committee. As the Coordinator of MSSW Field Services, Martina will prepare MSSW students to enter field through a seminar and facilitate their field practicum placements in the community. She will foster and develop relationships with agencies to promote learning opportunities for students. She will provide support and guidance for MSSW students, Field Instructors, and Field Liaisons.

Martina’s experience includes working for seven years as the Program Development Coordinator for Telamon Tennessee, a multi-state, non-profit organization that is a provider of Migrant and Seasonal Head Start and Early Head Start services in rural counties. At Telamon Tennessee, she worked in grant writing, program assessment, community assessment, and advocacy. Martina developed and implemented educational workshops for Telamon Tennessee’s youth initiative for children of migrant and seasonal farmworkers.