Education & Social Sciences

College of Education and Social Sciences.

barb burdge

Barb J. Burdge, Ph.D.

Chair, Dept. of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminology
Director and Field Instruction Coordinator, Social Work Program
Professor of Social Work
ACEN 214

Barb Burdge's CV

Ph.D., Social Work (Gender Studies minor), Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, 2013
M.S.W., Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, 1998
B.A., Psychology (Music minor), Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, 1994

I came to Manchester University in 2003 and felt immediately at home. I have several years of direct social work practice experience in the fields of child welfare and mental health. My current areas of interest include diversity education for social justice and social work practice with the LGBTQ community.

In my life outside of campus, my partner, Marsha, and I have restored a Civil War-era home that has been in my family for five generations. We were able to have it listed on the National Register of Historic Places. I love to travel, too, and have spent time in many parts of the U.S. (only 4 states to go!) plus Paraguay, Argentina, Poland, Germany, Mexico, Jamaica, The Netherlands, Wales, England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and the Isle of Man. My next international journeys will be to Italy, Scotland, and Scandanavia. Spending time outside is important to me, so I go camping several times a year, bicycle and swim often, and work long hours in my yard. I am an animal lover, too. We have an Australian shepherd, a border collie, and two stunning horses.

Barb teaches: 
SOWK 275 Practicum in Human Services (general social work placements)
SOWK 375 Social Work Practice II:  Individuals, Families, and Groups
SOWK 475 Field Instruction
SOWK 476 Field Instruction Seminar
FYS (First Year Seminar) LGBTQ Lives
GNST 125 Introduction to Gender Studies
GNST 201 Introduction to Queer Studies