Education: Ph.D. Adult & Higher Education, University of Oklahoma (2010), M.S.W., University of Oklahoma (1987), B. Special Education, University of Oklahoma (1981).
Research Interests: Field Education in Social Work, Spirituality in Adult Development, New Faculty support, and Self-Study Methodology
Ann Riley is in her fifth year as the Field Education Coordinator for the school on the Norman campus. Dr. Riley is responsible for all things practicum for social work students (undergraduate and graduate), along with the Field office team, and does her part to help resolve problem practicum situations (not always fun). Previously, she held a full-time tenure track faculty position as an Asst. Professor of Social Work at East Central University in Ada, Ok. for 3 years, and also as Interim Director briefly and Liaison for the OU School of Social Work Practicum Program for three years. Previous to academe, she had 20 years of LCSW experience in such settings as: private practice, non-profit agencies, for-profit hospitals, and public schools. During that time, Ann maintained a private practice for 13 years as a clinical social worker/ psychotherapist and conflict resolution specialist conducting mediation/arbitration for high conflict family and divorce clients. Throughout almost 30 years as a social worker I’ve had many hats: therapist, mediator, arbitrator, social work educator and program coordinator! Social work and ever-evolving fashion – gotta love it!
Ann Riley’s role as Field Education Coordinator involves practicum placement oversight for approximately 125 students annually across cohort groups of BSW and MSW students, including Foundation Year, Concentration Year (ACP and DP), plus Part-Time MSW cohorts; in conjunction with, ongoing preparatory student orientations and field instructor & student contract training sessions. Field Education office coordination includes: an Admin. Assistant, Graduate Assistants, Faculty Field Liaison, emeritus & community faculty liaisons, field instructors on site, and regular faculty collaboration. Ongoing assessment and recruitment of new placement sites is essential. Service to the department involves numerous committee assignments: Field Committee; Executive Committee; and Curriculum Committee. Grant involvement and research are projects on the horizon.