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Julie A. (Furj) Kuhn

Associate Professor of Social Work jakuhn@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSW), Philadelphia Biblical University, 2000
Bachelor of Science in Biblical Studies (BS in Bible), Philadelphia Biblical University, 2000
Master of Social Work (MSW), The University of Pennsylvania, 2004

Biography

Julie (Furj) Kuhn began her tenure at Southeastern University in 2019 and serves as an Associate Professor of Social Work. She brings over 19 years of social work practice in the areas of mental health, homelessness, drug and alcohol addiction, and HIV/AIDS. 

Before becoming a full-time faculty member, she worked in inner-city Philadelphia with women who were dually diagnosed. In addition, she coordinated the Penn Center for AIDS Research Community Advisory Board, where she conducted extensive community-based health research and developed a passion for working with people living with HIV/AIDS. Her doctoral dissertation focuses on understanding how People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) experience social support in Evangelical congregations. Professor Kuhn also worked as the Executive Director of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Franklin County, Ohio. She has presented at various national and international conferences. 

Professor Kuhn has a love for macro-based social work. She teaches courses on nonprofit leadership, social work with communities and organizations, social policy, and chemical dependency. She is an avid traveler and has a passion for international social work. Before teaching at Southeastern University, she was a social work faculty member at Cedarville University from 2007-2017 where she created and implemented the international social work field practicum program on three different continents.  

Professor Kuhn is a founding board member of Safe Harbor House, a faith-based safe house for women who have been victims of human trafficking. She is also a founding board member of the Greene County Housing Program, one of the only family shelters in Greene County, Ohio. She was also the recipient of the Cedarville University 2012 Faculty Innovator of the Year Award. 

Professor Kuhn is eager to help students find their God-given calling and purpose through the field of social work.