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Julie Hunt, MSSW

Julie Hunt

I have been teaching at Belmont in the social work department since the fall of 2000. After teaching for 8 years on a part time basis, I joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2008 and became an Associate Professor in 2015. In the summer of 2016, I took on the role of Director of Field Education.

In my role as Field Director, I teach the Field Forum course which prepares students for their field placements as well as Field Seminar I and II, the courses which accompany the Field Experience during students’ senior year. I have the honor of helping students find their placements, visiting them in the community and encouraging them and speaking into their experience along the way.  I also teach Practice I (Skills of Helping with Individuals), a class I enjoy, as it is a skill-building course that is the beginning of a sequence of practice courses in our curriculum. 

In my time at Belmont I have developed and taught many subjects including: Introduction to Social Work, Child Welfare, Practice with Groups, School Social Work, Spiritual Issues and Formation in Social Work, and Exploring Human Diversity. Developing and refining curriculum and developing best practices is a passion of mine and the foundation of my scholarly work.

I graduated from Belmont in 1994 with a Bachelor of Social Work and then completed my Master of Science in Social Work at the University of Tennessee in 1997. In the spring of 2001 I obtained my License in Clinical Social Work.

Before teaching I worked with adolescents at STARS, a school-based counseling program focused in Middle Tennessee. I loved the challenge of working with this population. Prior to this I coordinated teen volunteer services at Oasis Center. I have also had the opportunity to work at an International Adoption Agency, writing home studies and follow up reports for adoptive families. I have had the honor to provide clinical supervision to Licensed Master Social Workers (LMSW) preparing for their Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) credential. 

In all of these parts of my career connection has been a theme.  I love connecting with students, clients, practitioners and community members. I thrive on making connections between people and ideas.  I’m grateful to have the opportunity to do this every day! 

I am married to Dave Hunt, who is a worship leader and woodworker. We spend much of our time trying to keep up with our children: Asher, Lainey and Lucy. When there is time for hobbies, I enjoy antiquing, hiking, baking, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

You can email me at

Social Work Department  |  Phone: 615-460-6401