Dorothy Seebaldt
PhD, Associate Professor Emerita

About Me

Professor Seebaldt was a full-time professor of Social Work. She served as the Director of Field Education. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with certification in secondary education from Marygrove College in 1966; a Master of Arts in Philosophy with a concentration in Ethics from St. Louis University in 1969; and a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Group Work from Wayne State University in 1979.

She was a member of the Marygrove College social work faculty since 1981. She served as the Director of Field Education from 1982 to 1993, and again from 2006 to 2018. She was the Program Director from 1993 to 2001.

Professor Seebaldt's expertise stems from a wide array of professional experiences, including teaching undergraduate philosophy, in particular ethics; social work practice in medical, gerontological, and mental health agencies; work in residential treatment programs for adolescents, as well as for differently abled adults.

Her research interests focus on applied ethics, social work curriculum development and design, and field education issues involved in meeting students' needs while simultaneously meeting agency expectations and upholding the standards of professional practice.

For many years, she served as an accreditation site visitor for the Council on Social Work Education. Professor Seebaldt developed and is the director of the Certificate Programs in Gerontology and Child Welfare. She adapted the Child Welfare Certificate to meet the requirements of the State of Michigan mandatory employee training program. The certificate is an approved child welfare educational program that fulfills some of the training requirements of the State for individuals seeking employment in either public or private child welfare agencies.

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Honors and Awards

  • Michigan Campus Compact Lifetime Achievement Award, Marygrove College Nominee - March 2013

  • Marygrove College Distinguished Alumni Award - September 2012

  • Fellowship in Biomedical Ethics. Recipient. Medical College of Pennsylvania, June 1988.

Areas of Interest

  • Applied ethics in social work practice

  • Social work field education

  • Fundamental & contemporary theories of human development

Research Projects

  • Alternative models of social work field education

  • Teaching concepts of social system theory and theories of human development through case studies and students' own life experiences.


  • Reaccreditation Self-Study of Marygrove College Social Work Program. Associate Author. August 2016. Council on Social Work Education, (CSWE)

  • "Women's Necessary Role in Overcoming the Cycle of Abuse." Author, Presenter. Women and Peace Conference. Urbana IL, March 14, 1989. Published in Proceedings of Women and Peace: An International Conference. 1990.

  • "Ethical Issues in Social Work Practice with Groups." Author, Presenter. Rutgers University, October 24-27, 1985. Published in Proceedings of Seventh Annual Conference and in M. Leiderman et al., eds., Roots and New Frontiers in Social Group Work (New York: Hawthorne Press, 1988) pg 191-202.


  • BA, English & Math, Marygrove College

  • MA, Philosophical Ethics, St. Louis University

  • MSW, Wayne State University

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