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Melissa Iverson

Teaching Assistant Professor

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(217) 333-4140

2070 School of Social Work



Courses in the Leadership and Social Change MSW Concentration, including

SOCW 510: Theories of Diversity, Inequality, and Social Change;

SOCW 526: Managing Human Service Organizations;

SOCW 584: Policy, Practice, and Advocacy

What I Do

Dr. Iverson teaches in the Leadership and Social Change MSW concentration. In her role as an educator, she focuses on connecting classroom theory and learning to current social issues students see at their internships and in the human services organization domain. She uses an active learning and collaborative teaching approach to create a participatory environment for students to build upon their diverse lived experiences, develop practice skills, and co-construct knowledge. In all of her classes, she focuses on the intersection between racial and social justice and identifying how each course can build knowledge and skills to support efforts in combating social injustice.


BA in Psychology, 2005- Winona State University
MA in Gender Studies, 2007- Loyola University Chicago
MSW, 2007- Loyola University Chicago
Ph.D. in Social Work, 2021- Loyola University Chicago


Dr. Iverson’s research focuses on the influence of funder-mandated performance metrics on nonprofit service provision. Her research interests focus on (1) service provision and sustainability of human service organizations; (2) nonprofit program design and evaluation; (3) the preparedness of social work students in micro and macro social work; (4) the impact of macro practice, nonprofit leadership, and service provision for vulnerable communities.

Selected Publications

Iverson, M., Dentato, M. P., Green, K. & Busch, N. (2021). The continued need for macro field internships: Support, visibility and quality truly matter. Journal of Social Work Education, 57(3), 478-488.

Kelly, M., Singer, J., Shin, A., Iverson, M., Williams, D. (2019). How much social work research is in social work’s grand challenges?: A critical review of the evidence for the 12 Challenges. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work. doi: 10.1080/26408066.2019.1632236

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