Contact Info

          Social Work Department
          Hendricks Hall, Room G49
          235 Scotland Road
          Edinboro, PA 16444
          Phone: (814) 732-2013

          Dr. Elaine Rinfrette
          Department Chair
          Office: Hendricks Hall, Room G49
          Phone: (814) 732-1580
          Email: erinfrette@edinboro.edu

          Dr. Christine Rine, PhD
          MSW Program Head
          Phone: (814) 732-2013
          Emailcrine@edinboro.edu

          Clubs & Organizations



          Students are encouraged to get involved with clubs or organizations both virtually and on campus in order to augment, expand and complement the experiences gained in the classroom.

          In addition to a well-designed curriculum of academic coursework, Social Work students benefit from a variety of volunteer and field experiences. They participate in an active Social Work Club, the undergraduate student organization, and the Social Work Association of Graduate Students (SWAGS). Both provide excellent opportunities for educational, social and community service activities. Academic excellence is recognized by participation in the Phi Alpha Honor Society, a national honor society for social work students. All social work student organizations are recognized by the Student Government Association.

          Social Work Club - BSW Students

          In addition to a well-designed curriculum of academic coursework, Social Work students benefit from a variety of volunteer and field experiences. They participate in an active the BSW Social Work Club (the undergraduate student organization) and the Social Work Association of Graduate Students (SWAGS) for MSW students. Both provide excellent opportunities for educational, social and community service activities. Academic excellence is also recognized by participation in the Phi Alpha Honor Society, a national honor society for social work students. All social work student organizations are recognized by the Student Government Association.

          Membership in the club helps students make contacts both with other majors in the program and with professionals in the community. These contacts help with decisions about volunteer experiences, field education placements, and finding employment after graduation.

          Information about Social Work Club activities can be found on the bulletin board outside the department office (Hendricks G49) or from the advisor, Dr. Smith, at msmith@edinboro.edu.

          Social Work Association of Graduate Students (SWAGS) - MSW Students

          The mission of SWAGS is to: 1). Develop within its members, an appreciation of the diversity of issues, perspectives, values, and beliefs within contemporary society and our profession; 2). Foster strong professional ethics in accordance with the National Association of Social Workers (NASW); and 3). Demonstrate commitment to the discipline and cultural competence through service, continuing education, and the advancement of the profession.

          Originally founded in 2000, and refocused with attention to the inclusion of online students in 2013, the Social Work Association of Graduate Students (SWAGS) seeks to: 1). Improve the University community and the communities in which student members live, practice, and conduct their field internship; and 2). Enhance the educational, professional, and social experiences of its members.

          Membership is open to any graduate social work student enrolled in Edinboro University, without regard to gender, race, creed, ancestry, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity who fulfills the following requirements. While active participation is encouraged, membership does not require GPA, QPA, credit hour, or service hour requirement in order to become and maintain membership. Become a member of SWAGS.

          Any questions about SWAGS can be directed to the group's Co-Faculty Advisors: Dr. Christine Rine at crine@edinboro.edu or Dr. Molly Wolf at mrwolf@edinboro.edu.

          Phi Alpha Honor Society – Kappa Epsilon Chapter

          The purpose of the Phi Alpha Honor Society is to provide a closer bond among students of social work and promote humanitarian goals and ideals. Phi Alpha fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership those who have attained excellence in scholarship and achievement in social work.

          Phi Alpha offers membership to social work students, faculty, and practitioners. Students from BSW and MSW programs who are accredited by the Council on Social Work Education or accepted into candidacy status are eligible for Phi Alpha membership. The qualifications for individual membership in the Kappa Epsilon Chapter are as follows:

          Undergraduate Students

          An undergraduate student is eligible for membership after achieving the following requirements:

          • Declare social work as a major
          • Achieved sophomore status
          • Completed 9 semester hours of required social work courses
          • Achieved an overall grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
          • Achieved a 3.25 grade point average in required social work courses

          Graduate Student

          A graduate student is eligible for membership after achieving the following requirements:

          • Completed one semester of course work with a minimum of 15 credits
          • Achieved a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale

          Membership is available to all full-time social work faculty members. Honorary membership is awarded to persons outside the program who have made a significant contribution to the program and/or society.

          Any questions about Phi Alpha Honor Society can be addressed to Dr. Elaine Rinfrette, Faculty Advisor at erinfrette@edinboro.edu.