MacDonald named to social work faculty

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2005-08-01
HUNTINGTON, IN—Carla MacDonald has been appointed to the position of Assistant Professor of Social Work at Huntington University. Currently the Administrator of Kids Kampus in Huntington, MacDonald has a rich history of service to the Huntington community. She will join Tywla Lee, associate professor of social work, in heading up Huntington University’s social work program which premiered last fall.

"Teaching at the college level has been a long term goal for me,” MacDonald said. “I want to make a positive impact upon college students just like a special professor made an impact upon me years ago.”

MacDonald has over 25 years of experience in social work, teaching, counseling, and community service. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree in Social Work from Manchester College, a master’s degree in Social Work from Indiana University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Francis University. She has also begun doctoral work at IUPUI. She is a former member of the Huntington University adjunct faculty, having taught introductory sociology and developed curriculum for grant writing courses in the early 1990s.

Since 1978, MacDonald has served the surrounding Huntington community through her various positions with Pathfinder Services, Inc. In 1990, MacDonald led fundraising efforts for the founding of Kids Kampus, a provider of early childhood services. In 1991, she joined the center as administrator. She has also served as a social worker, Director of Client Services, and marketing director with Pathfinder Services.

“I owe so much of what I am today in regards to my knowledge and skills in social work practice on the experiences which Pathfinder Services has provided to me over the past 26 years,” MacDonald said. “The persons served, their families, and a dedicated group of employees have helped make me into the social worker I have become".

MacDonald’s professional experience also includes serving as a consulting social worker for Parkview Huntington Hospital, a Mental Health Consultant for the Samaritan Counseling Center in Huntington, and as an outpatient therapist for Bowen Mental Health Center, also in Huntington.

In addition to serving the Huntington area through her professional career, MacDonald has extensive volunteer experience in the local community. She has served as a board member for the Bowen Mental Health Center and the Youth Services Bureau. She currently is a board member for the Huntington County Council on Aging. She has chaired committees for the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities and First Steps of Indiana.

MacDonald and her husband Bob have two children, Jessica, a first grade teacher, and Jennifer, a junior music education major at Huntington University. MacDonald is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

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Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S.News & World Report ranks Huntington among the top comprehensive colleges in the Midwest. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and in 2004 was named one of the 50 best Christian places to work by Christianity Today magazine.  
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