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Spring 2021 Return to Campus Information
COVID-19 Communication

Portrait of Liz Wagner

Liz Wagner, MSW

Instructor of Social Work
(563) 588.6535
Catherine Byrne Hall 326B
MS 1705 (to send on-campus mail)

Educational Background

Master of Social Work (1996)

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois


Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (1992)

Lewis University

Romeoville, Illinois

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that the students are entitled to the best education. Education comes in the form of acquiring necessary information, the skills to put that knowledge into practice and gives the students the ability to live up to their full potential. As I believe that knowledge grows from experiences, teaching should include the material information as well as the hands-on skills, classroom discussions and activities that foster a learning environment so that students and teachers can learn from the experiences of each other and field experiences that can be integrated with the material to make learning more cohesive. It is important to identify learning styles of students and tailor material to their learning needs. Learning also includes the ability to identify strengths and areas of needs of the students and encourage and build on strengths and provide for improvement of needs. Teaching must take into account the acceptance of students where they are and build considering that starting point. Learning needs to include a passion for the subject area of study. It includes the desire to continue learning as we age and mature and the circumstances of life, community and society change.

As a result of my beliefs on education and learning, I hope to foster a passion for the material, provide an environment where people are safe to express opinions and share experiences and the ability of people to grow as students, individuals and future work force. I feel that the role of the teacher is to enable the students to learn as they search their own answers. At no time do I feel like I am the only source of knowledge, as I have as much to learn from students as they do from me. Inclusive to the human services field, students should develop a love of the work, an ability to form their own opinions and experiences and develop into an individual that suits their needs and desires.

Change your thoughts and you change your world. - Norman Vincent Peale

Liz Wagner


Professional Background

Liz has worked in Child Protective Services, Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, Adult Protective services, school social work and police social work.

Teaching: Northest Iowa Community College-Human Services Instructor- 3 years.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Social Welfare and Social Work
  • Child Welfare
  • Case Management
  • Field Practicum
  • Social Justice Through the Eyes of Harry Potter
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Practice II: Social Work with Groups and Families
  • School Social Work
  • Social Work with Communities and Organizations
  • Transitions

Certifications and Memberships

  • Advanced Practice Social Work Certification – State of Wisconsin (Since 2013)
  • Type 73 School Personnel Certification- School Social Worker – State of Illinois (Since 2000)

Community Service/Volunteer Activities

  • Mary’s Inn Maternity Home – Advisory Board Member (2018)
  • Continue to serve as BSW Director and BSW Committee Chair. Focus this year on
    updating catalog and job description. I would like to focus on recruitment including
    attending Career Day at Senior and Hempstead High Schools.
  • Participate as an active member on the Field Committee.
  • Serve as faculty advisor for the Social Work Club
  • Serve as the faculty advisor for Clarke University Dance Marathon Club.
  • Serve on the Catholic Identity Committee.
  • Serve on the Safety Committee.
  • Co-Organize Take Back the Night
  • Selected Presentations

    What You Need to Know About Child Abuse: A Multidisciplinary Approach, Peace and Justice Week, Clarke University, Dubuque, Iowa, November 2018- 1 hour

    Child Abuse: Recognition and Interventions. Peace, Betterment and Justice Club Presentation, Clarke University, Dubuque, IA, April 2019- 2 hours