Associate Professor of Social Work
BSW Program Director
Phone: ext. 2346
Email: klemmt@centenaryuniversity.edu

Academic Accomplishments

  • Master of Social Work, Rutgers University
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Delaware

Professional Licensure/Certifications

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of NJ
  • Disaster Response Crisis Counselor, State of NJ
  • Trauma Response and Crisis Intervention certificate, Rutgers, NJ
  • Clinical Social Work Supervision certificate, NASW-NJ
  • School Social Work certificate, State of NJ

Selected Honors

  • 2016 Social Worker of the Year
    This annual award recognizes a member of NASW-NJ who “exemplifies the best of the profession’s values and achievements”.
  • 2009 Distinguished Teaching Award
    This annual award, presented at Centenary’s commencement ceremony, recognizes one faculty member for “superior contributions to student learning.”

Biography

Terri Klemm, Associate Professor of Social Work, helped to establish Centenary’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program, which has earned national accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  She originally served as the program’s Director of Field Education and is now BSW Program Director.  Professor Klemm currently teaches the Human Behavior & the Social Environment (HBSE) and Social Welfare Policy course sequences, and she genuinely loves working with BSW students.  She is also presently a student herself, anticipating that she will complete her Doctorate in Social Work in 2018.  The topic of her dissertation is civic engagement and social action in social work education.

When she joined the faculty at Centenary, Klemm brought 20 years of experience as a social work practitioner, having served children and families in a variety of settings, including many years working with pregnant and parenting teens and, later, as a high school social worker.  After she began teaching full-time, she volunteered as a member of the Family Assistance Support Team in the Emergency Department at a regional trauma center, and as a mental health clinician for a human rights organization that provides assistance to immigrants seeking asylum in the United States.  In recent years, she has become increasingly involved in environmental activism, including peaceful civil disobedience.

Professor Klemm has a long history of civic and professional engagement; for example, she has been active in the NJ chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) as Sussex/Warren County Chair, member of the Board of Directors, Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) Board of Trustees representatives and Chair of the Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification. She was appointed to serve on the state chapter’s Ethics Committee from 2013-2015.  She currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the NJ Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative. From 2010-2013, she served on the national Field Education Steering Committee for the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors.  At the local level, Klemm has served on myriad community advisory boards; for instance, she was appointed to the Warren County Mental Health Board in 2007, and served as Vice Chair from 2011-2015.

Presentations

Professor Klemm regularly presents on social work curriculum development and pedagogy at national conferences. Selected peer-reviewed presentations include:

Klemm, T. (2017, March). What do we want? Environmental justice! When do we want it? Now! Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, New Orleans, LA.

Klemm, T. (2017, March). Political self-disclosure in the social work classroom: Pedagogical considerations in decision-making. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, New Orleans, LA.

Klemm, T., & Miller, N. (2016, November). Modeling environmental justice activism in social work education: A case study. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Klemm, T. (2016, March). Oral history interviews? There’s an app for that! Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Dallas, TX.

Klemm, T. (2015, October). Civics 101: Learning about democracy is not a spectator sport. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.

Loya, M.A., & Klemm, T. (2015, March). TED Talks: Ideas worth spreading across the social work curriculum. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Kansas City, MO.

Klemm, T. (2013, November). News literacy in social work education. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Dallas, TX.

Klemm, T. (2013, March). Confessions of a public radio junkie: NPR assignments across the BSW curriculum. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Ellison, M., Klemm, T., & Bradley, J. (2013, March). New field directors pre-conference workshop: Evaluating field placements. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Klemm, T. (2012, November). “Act locally”: Evolution of an academic service learning assignment to promote human rights. Presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Washington, DC.

Klemm, T. (2012, March). “News flash”: Developing students’ interest and critical thinking about current events. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Portland, OR.

Ellison, M., Klemm, T., & Bradley, J. (2012, March). New field directors pre-conference workshop: Developing new field placements. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Portland, OR.

She has presented Continuing Education workshops for area social workers on a wide range of topics, including: Human rights and social work ethics; Working with Millennials; Safety in the field; Addressing spirituality and religion in fieldwork supervision; Affirmative fieldwork supervision with LGBT students and clients; Professional self-care; Mental health issues among college students: Implications for field education; Core competencies in social work practice; and, Seminars in field education.  She has also presented professional development workshops as an invited speaker at K-12 schools and social service agencies in the local community on a variety of topics, including: Developing resiliency: The strengths perspective in work with families; “Cold violence”: Understanding the trauma of poverty; Harassment, intimidation and bullying: The impact on LGBTQ students; Creating a safe space for LGBTQ students; and, Disaster mental health.

Published Works

Loya, M.A., & Klemm, T. (2016). Using TED Talks in the social work classroom: Encouraging student engagement and discourse. Journal of Social Work Education, 52(4), 518-523. http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1080/10437797.2016.1198291

Klemm, T. (2015). News literacy in social work education. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 20(1), 63-77. http://dx.doi.org/10.18084/1084-7219-20.1.63

Klemm, T. (2014, October). The ethics of gatekeeping: What field instructors need to know. NASW-NJ FOCUS, 23(5), 10-11.