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Social Work Faculty - Stephen Wernet

Stephen P. Wernet


Office: C-330H

Curriculum Vitae

I have been in higher education for approximately 35 years having served on the faculty at 5 different universities. I have worked on several international projects in Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia and Africa. I have spent my professional career studying and teaching about nonprofit/ nongovernmental organizations and their management. I have served as project evaluator on several funded projects focusing on substance use treatment and recovery; community, economic and sustainable development; and program service outcome. I serve as an ad hoc reviewer for several professional journals. I serve as a Site Visitor for the Commission on Accreditation (COA) for the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).

Internationally, I have served as a consultant on nongovernmental organization management in Latvia, Austria and the Czech Republic; taught community practice in Korea, consulted on and taught evaluation, organizational and program design, plus community resilience and development in Poland, the Slovak Republic, Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, Bangladesh, Thailand and Cambodia; lectured on the nongovernmental sector, citizen participation and civil society in the Czech Republic and Austria.

​​University of Texas at Austin               Doctor of Philosophy            1988

University of Connecticut                   Master of Social Work           1982

Springfield College                              Master of Education             1977

Manhattan College                              Bachelor of Arts                    1973

I am known both nationally and internationally for my research on nonprofit organizations. My scholarship focuses on adaptation and change of nonprofit organizations and resiliency theory. My research reports on consummated and unconsummated mergers, joint ventures, social enterprise and entrepreneurship, outcome assessment in human services, and peer specialist in treatment of substance use disorder. I have conducted research in Africa and Asia on transformational development for building resilient communities.


J.A. Pietroburgo and S.P. Wernet, (2013). Bowling Together Revisited: A longitudinal analysis of nonprofit mergers. Journal of Nonprofit Management. 16 (1), 19-32.

Squillace, J. & Wernet, S. (2012). Rural dental clinics' impact on travel distances for Medicaid children. Missouri Electronic Journal of Sociology, Vol.9, available at:

S.P. Wernet and W. Hildebrandt. (2012). Final Report on Peer Delivered Recovery Management Checkup (RMC) Model among substance abusing women. Regional Health Commission. St. Louis MO.

Stephen P. Wernet and Dwight W. Jackson. (2011). Community Focused Programming. Achieving Resilience through Transformational Development. The Renee and Jeff Harbers Family Foundation. Medina, Washington.

J.A. Pietroburgo and S.P. Wernet. (2010). Merging missions and methods: A study of restructuring and adaptation in nonprofit health care organizations. Journal of Healthcare Leadership. 2: 69-81.

J.A. Pietroburgo and S.P. Wernet. (2010). Nonprofit mergers: Assessing the motivations and means Journal of Leadership Studies. 3 (4), 23–33.

S.P. Wernet and J. Singleton. (2010). Institutionalization of curricular change in schools of social work. Gerontology and Geriatrics Education. 31 (1), 19-36.

D. Fauri, S.P. Wernet and F.E. Netting. (2008). Cases in Macro Social Work Practice. Third Edition. Allyn-Bacon, Inc.

J. Pietroburgo and S.P. Wernet. (2008). "Bowling Together: Anatomy of a Successful Association Merger". Working Papers Series, Papers on Nonprofit Strategy. Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management. School of Public Affairs.  Baruch College. The City University of New York.

​Fellow, Coleman Foundation Entrepreneurship Program. (2009-2012).

Distinguished Fellow in Adoption and Child Welfare, National Council for Adoption (NCFA). 2008-2011.

Fulbright Scholar. Ostrava University, Czech Republic. Fall Semester 2006.

Case Instructor, EASY-ECO 2005-2007 (Evaluation of Sustainability – European Conferences & Training Courses). Bratislava, Slovak Republic. Fall 2005; Krakow Poland, Fall 2007.

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