Billy  Blodgett

Billy Blodgett

Part-time Faculty


Billy Blodgett

Middle name



Billy Blodgett received his Ph.D. in Sociology from The University of North Texas in 1986. He had been working as a psychiatric social worker since 1976, but after receiving his doctorate, decided to move to Michigan in 1990 to teach at Northern Michigan University. Blodgett taught for 17 years at Northern Michigan University, where he was the BSW Program Director from 2001-2007. He was honored to be named Professor Emeritus shortly after he left there to teach at the University of Detroit Mercy for three years. He also taught as part-time Faculty at Midwestern State University, Madonna University, Wayne State University and Michigan State University. His teaching has included both social work and sociology disciplines. 

Blodgett moved back to his home state of Texas in 2012, and now teaches in both the BSW and MSW Programs at West Texas State University. He continues to teach online courses for Wayne State’s BSW and MSW Programs.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Ph.D., University of North Texas
  • M.S.S.W., University of Texas at Arlington
  • B.A., Oral Roberts University

Teaching Interests

  • HBSE
  • Social welfare
  • Macro practice

Areas of Expertise


  • Distance education through interactive television 
  • Group conformity 
  • Models of supervision 
  • Self-esteem among minority groups 
  • Case management 
  • The application of sociology theory to social work practice 


  • Quantitative methods 
  • Qualitative thematic and narrative analyses 
  • Personal social network analysis

Research Project

  • Case Management in the Rural Panhandle of Texas 
  • Ethical Issues Related to Social Media and Education 
  • A Triangular Model of Teaching Social Work Group Practice
150 years in the heart of Detroit