Hughes earned her BSW, MSW and PhD from Michigan State University. She has worked in the Social Work field since 1984 in a variety of roles but primarily in nonprofit administration and with the Michigan Legislature. She has been in higher education since earning her PhD in 2004 and teaching Social Work courses since 2000 (Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madonna University).
Hughes worked in the Michigan Legislature for 11 years. Her legislative tenure was with the House of Representatives and then the Michigan Senate for then Senator Joe Young Jr (D-Detroit). During this time, she was a key contributor to the passage of the Social Work licensure act which remains in effect to this day. Constituent relations and legislative advocacy were her primary foci. While earning her PhD, she became trained in Field Education and has spent a significant part of her higher education experience involved in it. Her legislative experience and field education specialization inform her work with Wayne State.
Degrees and Certifications
- PhD, Michigan State University (2004)
- MSW, Michigan State University (1984)
- BSW, Michigan State University (1982)
- Social Welfare Policy
- Field Education
- Macro Practice
- Bridge: Social Welfare Policy, Research and Macro Practice
- Social Welfare and the Social Work Profession: History, Trends & Basic Concepts
- Advanced Social Welfare Policy
- Integrative Seminar