Dr. Marleen Milner

BSW Program Director, Professor of Social Work mmilner@seu.edu

Degrees Earned

BSW from The University of Texas, El Paso, TX
MSSW from The University of Texas, Arlington, TX
PhD in Social Work from The University of South Florida, Tampa, FL


Dr. Marleen Milner brings to Southeastern 20 years of experience in a variety of fields of social work practice, including child welfare, child sexual abuse treatment, adoption, substance abuse treatment and community mental health. In 2000, Dr. Milner became the director of the fledgling social work program at Southeastern, developing the curriculum and successfully leading the program through the Council on Social Work Education accreditation process. Dr. Milner has been recognized for excellence in teaching, having been nominated to Who’s Who Among American Teachers in 2004, and receiving Southeastern’s nomination for the Innovative Excellence in Teaching, Learning and Technology Award for the International Conference on College Teaching and Learning in 2006. She has also been the recipient of the Excellence in Academic Advising Award in 2011, the Faculty Achievement Award in December 2015, and the NASW Heartland Unit Educator of the Year Award in 2014.

In 2014, she published an article entitled, “The Use of Decision Cases to Foster Critical Thinking in Social Work Students” in the Journal of Teaching in Social Work, and an article entitled, “Adding Virtue to Faith: Strategies for Developing Character in Christian Social Work Students” in The Journal of Social Work & Christianity. The article was republished in 2015 as a chapter in an edited book entitled Virtues and Character in Social Work Practice. Dr. Milner has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Christianity and Social Work since 2015. In 2015-2016, Dr. Milner was lead researcher for a grant awarded to Heartland for Children entitled Protecting Teens…Protecting Futures, which evaluated a teen pregnancy program that was implemented among teens in residential care in Polk County.

Dr. Milner teaches Introduction to Social Work, Field Observation in the Social Services, Building Effective Helping Skills, Generalist Practice with Individuals, Generalist Practice with Groups and Families, Understanding Human Diversity and Integrating Faith and Social Work Theory and Practice. Her research interests include critical thinking, student diversity, and the integration of faith and learning.