Social Work Program Faculty

Social Work Program Faculty


Alana Atchinson, Ph.D., MSW

Atchinson, aatchins@bloomu.edu | 570-389-4639, is a quintessential generalist social worker.  She earned a BSW from Eastern University (1983), and an MSW (1986), and PhD (2001) from the University of Pennsylvania.  While working on her master's degree, Atchinson participated in an exchange program with Edinburgh University in Scotland were she learned about the British social welfare system and completed an internship at a public social welfare agency.  She also studied at Temple University where she earned a post-graduate certificate in social welfare administration.

Atchinson has over twenty-five years of social work experience.  She has worked in various fields including domestic violence, HIV/AIDS prevention and education research, child and adolescent mental health, rural poverty, and LGBT advocacy.  Atchinson is the advisor for the Bloomsburg University Gay Straight Alliance and the Bloomsburg chapter of Amnesty International.  She is also the president of the board of directors with The Women’s Center of Columbia/Montour Counties.  In 2005, Atchinson participated in a Fulbright Scholar's program which allowed her to study social work and social welfare in Malaysia.  In 2007 she joined the social work faculty at Bloomsburg University where she teaches group work, introductory practice experience, and introduction to social work and social welfare. In her free time, Atchinson can often be found hiking with her black lab, Lucy.

Shane Jaynes, Ph.D., MSW

Jaynes, sjaynes@bloomu.edu | 570-389-4637, is somewhat non-traditional. He comes to the job of full-time teaching after a long career as a practicing social worker, primarily in the areas of mental health and addiction treatment. He is both a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a credentialed addictions counselor.

Jaynes received both his MSW and Ph.D. degrees from Marywood University. In the classroom, he emphasizes not only important practical and theoretical content, but also how such content must be practically applied to the nuances of real-world situations. His areas of teaching specialization are human behavior theories, practice with organizations and communities, research methods, and practice with chemical dependence.

Shiloh D. Erdley, DSW, MSW

Erdley, serdley@bloomu.edu | 570-389-4638, iis a licensed social worker and earned a doctorate in social work and an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. Erdley has over twenty years of social work experience and has worked in various fields of social advocacy but has dedicated much of her work on aging specifically areas of practice that aim to identify barriers to overall health and well-being. Her professional work has been at the micro and macro levels of practice providing her with a balanced academic approach.

The focus of her research and practice has been on programs aimed at identifying individual as well as systemic determinants of physical and mental health. Her research also focuses on aspects of leadership, aging and professional quality of life. Erdley is a member of the National Association of Social Workers, the Council on Social Work Education and the Gerontological Society of America.

Erdley, a local resident, born and raised in the region, is dedicated to working in the community and volunteering her time to programs as a board member for the Columbia/Montour County Area Agency on Aging and a member of the Bloomsburg Coalition on Social Equity. In her free time, she enjoys music, biking, gardening and hiking with her dog Mobbie, husband Darrin, and son, Leon.

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