Jennifer Spaulding-Givens, PhD - Assistant Professor, Social Work; Program Director, Social Work

Jennifer Spaulding-Givens, PhD

Program Director & Assistant Professor, Social Work

Dr. Spaulding-Givens earned her BA in Anthropology, her Master of Social Work, and her PhD in Social Work all from Florida State University. She joined UNF as an Instructor and the Social Welfare Program Director in 2006 and was promoted to a tenure track position as an Assistant Professor and selected to be the Director of the new Bachelor of Social Work program in 2011.


She says that social work is unique in its commitment to social justice and its holistic approach to improving the quality of life of those who are impoverished, marginalized, and oppressed and she believes that community-based transformational learning (CBTL) is integral to the education and professional socialization of social welfare students, allowing them to practice and refine interpersonal communication and problem-solving skills and to become more engaged in serving vulnerable populations. As such, she tries to integrate some form of CBTL into all of her classes, whether they be through short-term, collaborative student projects with local nonprofit organizations or semester-long, agency-based internships.


Dr. Spaulding-Givens has focused her time as a Community Scholar on enhancing the CBTL component of Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities by developing new reflective assignments and authentic assessment strategies.