Shelita Jackson

Shelita Jackson

Assistant Professor of Social Work and MSW Program Director

McInnis 230

Professor Jackson is an Assistant Professor of Social Work and MSW Program Director in the Social Work Department at Eastern University. She has taught at the Esperanza College and St. Davids campuses.  Her doctoral research explores environmental factors which shape experiences for faculty of color in higher education. Professor Jackson is interested in understanding phenomenon that creates connection and disconnection in relationships (student-educator, educator-institution). 

Professor Jackson’s teaching philosophy is grounded in a desire to create connection in learning spaces, provide an atmosphere of critical self and other awareness and explore learning opportunities from a strengths-based perspective. Her teaching style aligns with a critical paradigm and she encourages learners to explore the collective experiences of people groups to form their thinking and engagement strategies. Professor Jackson challenges students to develop their own ideas and as they consider ethical, environmental, historical and social impact of identity to shape experiences. She firmly believes learning takes place in these intersections.

Joined Eastern: 2016


Doctor of Social Work (DSW), University of St. Thomas *(ABD)
Master of Social Work (MSW), University of Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), Eastern University

Classes Taught
  • SOWK 105 - Introduction to Social Work
  • INST 150 - Introduction to Faith, Reason, and Justice
  • SOWK 110 - Human Diversity and Social Interaction
  • SOWK 205W - Social Welfare Policy I
  • SOWK 254 - Social Work with Older Adults
  • SOWK 340 - Social Work within Organizations
  • SOWK 360 - Social Work Practice for Juniors
  • SOWK 370 - Social Work Practice for Juniors Practicum
Professional Associations and Services
  • North American Association for Christians in Social Work
  • National Association of Social Workers - PA Chapter
  • Council for Social Work Education