Assistant Professor of Social Work and Director of Field Experience; BSW, Longwood University; MSW, Virginia Commonwealth University

ddodson@marybaldwin.edu

Doris is the Field Director and an assistant professor of social work who teaches both on-campus and in the Baldwin Online and Adult Programs at Mary Baldwin. Doris obtained her BSW from Longwood University and her MSW with a specialization in mental health from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the commonwealth of Virginia.

Prior to joining the faculty at Mary Baldwin, Doris worked in the social work field for more than twenty-eight years. She has expertise in the areas of child welfare (in particular, foster care and adoption) and domestic violence. She has also worked in the areas of community mental health, refugee unaccompanied minors’ programs, as a state and federal reviewer of child welfare practice, as a trainer and as field instructor. Most recently, Doris worked for the City of Charlottesville’s Department of Social Services as a foster care and adoption supervisor; and she has taught online for Portland State University in their post-graduate certificate program in foster and adoptive family therapy for the last eight years.

At Mary Baldwin, Doris coordinates the Field Practicum experience and works continuously to develop new and meaningful field placements for the program and to prepare BSW students for their entry into the field. She was recently one of two recipients of the Spencer Center’s High Impact Innovation fund which allowed her to participate in a service learning trip with students to Cherident, Haiti where she and the students collected data for a community needs assessment that she and Dr. Kai Kennedy, Director of Clinical Education in Physical Therapy used as part of their research into student learning opportunities. Doris serves on the Board of Directors at the Augusta Regional Free Clinic and has served as speaker on adoption-related issues in the Charlottesville/Albemarle areas.  She is an avid animal lover and often visits the local shelter with her oldest son to help socialize the newcomers. She is involved in both the Staunton/Augusta as well as the Charlottesville/Albemarle communities.

Doris enjoys home projects, creating and repurposing found items and gifting friends and family with her creations. Doris is a very proud mom of two handsome and talented teenage boys: Shaun and Collin. She enjoys spending time with her boys and their three dogs: Taylor, Lexi and Cyrus and one cat: Taz.

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