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Norma Schropshire

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Norma Schropshire joined the faculty at the Wayne State University School of Social Work as a full-time lecturer in the Fall of 2016 after working as a part-time faculty member since the Summer of 2012. At Wayne State, Schropshire has demonstrated versatility and ability by teaching both WOW! Online Program and face-to-face courses in the undergraduate program.

In 1996, Schropshire began practicing social work as a geriatric student volunteer in her BSW program. Schropshire graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Social Work and she graduated from University of Michigan with a Master of Social Work. At University of Michigan, Schropshire's concentration was interpersonal practice with children, youth, and families. Schropshire completed two simultaneous internships one with Wayne Westland Community School District as a School Social Work Intern and the second with University of Michigan Health System in the Child and Adolescent Inpatient Psychiatry Unit as a Clinical Social Work intern.

After earning two years of post-master supervised work experience, Schropshire received a license with the State of Michigan as a Macro and Clinical Master Social Worker.

Schropshire's social work employment history is extremely diverse and involved in many different arenas of the social work field. Schropshire's first professional social work employer was the Children's Aid Society in downtown Detroit, which is a non-profit organization and a division of the United Way. She worked as a case manager in the Project Permanency Homelessness Program. At CAS Schropshire worked in the field 100% of the time with young teen mothers and their babies, most clients were homeless and in domestic violence situations, Schropshire's role was to assist them in finding permanent housing or a better living situation in general.

In graduate school, Schropshire completed two simultaneous field placements. The first was with the Wayne-Westland School District as a school social work intern for special education. The last internship was with the University of Michigan Hospital Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient Unit as a clinical social work intern.

After graduation from University of Michigan, Schropshire's first professional Master's level position was for the Juvenile Assessment Center in Detroit working with adjudicated youth in the court system. Next, she was hired with Inkster Public Schools as a K-12 school social worker.

After Inkster, Schropshire was hired with Detroit Public Schools as a special education school social worker. After DPS, Schropshire worked for Van Buren Public Schools in Belleville (zero to three coordinator), Schropshire is currently employed with Lincoln Park School District.

Throughout this time, Schropshire simultaneously diversified her experience and became employed as a medical social worker, working with senior adults for a Certified Home Health Care Agency. At Accredited Home Care, Schropshire progressed in macro responsibilities by contributing to quality assurance compliance review, supervision and training of staff and student interns.

In August 2013, Schropshire earned a post-graduate certificate in Human Resource Management. In May 2014, Schropshire earned a Certificate in Addiction Studies from University of Michigan.


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Degrees and Certifications
  • Licensed Social Worker — (Macro and Clinical)
    State of Michigan, Issued April 2001
    Expiration April 30, 2015

  • University of Michigan, School of Social Work —  Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Addictions Certificate May 2014   
  • Eastern Michigan University, School of Business  — Ypsilanti, Michigan
    Graduate Certificate in Human Resources August 2013

  • Master of Social Work
    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    Concentration: Interpersonal Practice with Families, Children and Youth 
    December 2000 

  • Bachelor of Science in Social Work
    Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan
    August 1998
Teaching Interests
  • Online teaching and learning
  • Field Education
  • Generalist Practice Methods
  • Ethics
  • Macro Social Work
  • Clinical Social Work Supervision, Consultation and Professional Development
  • Gerontology
  • Medical/Hospital Social Work
  • School Social Work
  • School Crisis Intervention
  • EAP Social Work
  • Program and staff performance improvement/evaluation
Areas of Expertise
  •  Online teaching and learning
  • Aging/gerontology
  • Homeless women and children
  • School Social Work
  • Medical/Hospital Social Work
  • Generalist Practice Methods
  • Ethics
  • Social work methods of practice: children, youth, individuals, families, and groups
  • Child Development
  • Emotional Impairment
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Learning Disabilities/Special Education/Assessment
  • Supervision, Consultation and Professional Development
  • Program Development
  • Course development
Courses Taught

SW 3020 Social Work Practice Method II

SW 4010 Social Work Group Theory and Practice

SW 4020 Social Work Macro Theory and Practice

SW 7065 Foundation Macro Theory and Practice

SW 8380 Application of Family Systems Theory to Interpersonal Practice I

SW 8390 Application of Family Systems Theory to Interpersonal Practice II