Dr. Lorraina Scholten
I began teaching at Belmont as an adjunct instructor in the social work department in 1995. In 2000, I became a full -time Assistant Professor and Director of Field Education. In 2006, I assumed the administrative duties of Department Chair. During those years I’ve been teaching Research, Policy, Senior Seminar, and a variety of electives within the social work curriculum.
I hold the Bachelor of Science degree from Belmont College, a Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee, a Doctor of Education from Trevecca Nazarene University, and a License in Advanced Practice Social Work. My professional interests include policy advocacy, Native American culture, and health care reform.
One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is being involved with highly motivated and competent students who are committed to serving others. Our students understand and fight for social and economic justice and are high achievers in every sense. They come with a combination of compassion and a desire to improve the communities in which they practice. Our graduates are competent social workers who are eager and ready to transform the world. It is an honor to engage them in the profession.
Away from work I enjoy spending time with my husband, Paul. We have four children and three grandchildren. We sing, play, read, walk, swim, and practice yoga every chance we get.