Mari Ann Graham, MSW, PhD, LISW

Associate Professor


I am an integral, holistically-oriented, postmodern social work educator who uses music, poetry and other art forms to empower students so that they can empower their clients. I use this approach across the social work curriculum in practice, policy and research courses, as well as a doctoral course, "Pedagogies in Social Work Education." I enjoy serving the School of Social Work and the University in a variety of ways including appointments as Chief Diversity Officer, MSW Program Director, member of Institutional Review Board, and most recently a Strategic Planning Subcommittee: Embracing Our Diversity.

  • Integral Ethics/Ethics in Social Work Education & Social Work Practice
  • Integral Research (multiple methods of research across a continuum of research paradigms)
  • Spirituality and Social Work Practice
  • Diversity Issues in Social Work Education & Social Work Practice
  • Empowering Education and Empowering Practice

Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Social Sciences, 1999

Master of Social Work
Graduate School of Social Work, University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1983

Bachelor of Social Work
University of Nebraska at Omaha, 1979

University of St. Thomas, 1993–Present

Augustana College, 1989–1993

E.A.P. Counselor, Mercy Hospital E.A.P., Davenport, IA, 1992–1993

Part-time Instructor, Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, OH, 1990–1993

Allocations Director, United Way/Quad Cities Area, Rock Island, IL, 1986–1989

Part-time Instructor, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL, 1986–1989

Part-time Instructor, University of Iowa/Eastern Iowa, 1984–1989

Project Coordinator, Central Presbyterian, Rock Island, IL, 1983–1984

Graham, M.A. (In Press). "Using Literature Groups to Teach Diversity." Annual International Symposium, Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups Conference Proceedings, 25.

Graham, M.A. (2003). "Justice in Teaching: Teaching as Groupwork." Social Work with Groups: Social Justice Through Personal, Community, and Societal Change.

Graham, M.A.. (2002). "Teaching as Groupwork." Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 8, 83-95.

Graham, M.A. (2013). “Integral ethics in social work education,” peer-reviewed workshop presented at Council on Social Work Education’s 59th Annual Program Meeting, “Global Social Work—The World is Here,” Dallas, TX.

Graham, M. A. (2013). “Integral ethics in social work education,” peer-reviewed workshop presented at the National Association of Christian Social Workers 63rd Convention, “Social Justice: Contributions of Faith and Spirituality,” Atlanta, GA.

Graham, M.A. (2013). “A spiritual approach to teaching research,” peer-reviewed, bi-lingual workshop presented at the 8th international North American Spirituality & Social Work Conference, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus.