Social Work & Sociology Department Faculty

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Katharine DillField Education Coordinator and Assistant Professor of Social Work

B.S.W, King’s College, Western University, M.S.W., Diploma in Social Work Research, PhD (University of Toronto, Canada)

Dr. Dill’s research interests focus on three distinct but intersecting areas of practice: 1) social work and field educational supervision 2) knowledge mobilization and 3) innovation in social work education. She capitalizes on her practice background (16 years in child welfare), international experience (2.5 years at Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland) to teach and support the Marist Field Education Program. 

Courses Taught: Field Education Seminar (Junior and Senior Field Placement). 


PhD, The Graduate Center - The City University of New York (CUNY)

Dr. Garcia brings a wealth of teaching and professional social work experience to Marist College. She has taught and been a Field supervisor at the CUNY Law School, Hunter College, Columbia University, and Fordham University, among others.  Her primary areas of interest include community health, Latinx communities, immigration, and alternative medicine. 

Courses Taught: Social Work Methods II, Intro to Social Work, Substance Abuse with Diverse Populations, Field Practicum, Social Welfare: Policies and Analysis

Daria Hanssen
Daria Hanssen, Director of the Social Work Program and Associate Professor of Social Work

PhD, The Graduate Center - The City University of New York (CUNY)

Dr. Hanssen has served as the Director of the BSW program since 2001 and is a licensed clinical social worker. Her practice experience has primarily focused on work with children and families in child welfare, mental health and family preservation. In addition to direct service practice, she has served as an administrator, program planner, and consultant to programs serving at-risk children. Research interests include evaluation of practice interventions with children and families, BSW education, and assessment of learning.

Courses Taught:  Introduction to Sociology and Social Work, Social Inequality, Social Service Theory and Practice, Social Work Methods I, Field Education practicum, and Senior Integrative Seminar.


PhD, The Graduate Center - The City University of New York (CUNY)

Dr. Myers' research utilizes historical and qualitative methods to examine how marginalized communities are organizing against social, environmental, and food inequities. He is currently writing a book for Rutgers University Press about the food justice movement in New York City under the working title Beyond Access: Food Justice and Urban Agriculture in Brooklyn. His work has also appeared in the Agriculture & Human ValuesGeoforumEnvironmental Sociology, and the book Ten Lessons in Introductory Sociology (Oxford 2013).

Courses Taught: Introduction to Sociology, Social Change, Social Theory, Social Inequality, The Politics of Food.


 PhD, University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY)

Over the past 25 years Dr. Rose has worked as a clinical social worker, administrator, researcher, and Assistant Professor at Wayne State University. Her clinical work has focused on the multiple clinical and concrete needs of those experiencing homelessness, severe mental illness and substance abuse.

Courses Taught: Introduction to Sociology, Introduction to Social Work, Social Inequality, Substance Abuse with Diverse Populations, Alcoholism and the Family.