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Dr. Dorrance Kennedy

Dr. Dorrance Kennedy

Assistant Field Director, Assistant Professor

Dr. Dorrance Kennedy received his Bachelor degree from Hampton University.  Dr. Kennedy also received his Master of Social Work degree from Southern University, and a Doctorate of Education degree from Fayetteville State University.  

Dr. Kennedy is an Assistant Professor/ Assistant Field Director in the School of Social Work. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who was employed for several years as a public school social worker in Louisiana, Illinois, and Missouri.  Dr. Kennedy has completed training at the United Way Multicultural Leadership Program and the Institute for Community Leadership.  He is a former board member of the Fayetteville Family Life Center and the African American Advisory Committee of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).  Dr. Kennedy is a member of the NAACP, the Urban League, North American Association of Christians in Social Work, and the National Association of Black Social Workers.


  • EdD, Fayetteville State University

  • MSW, Southern University

  • BS, Hampton University


  • SWRK 220 Introduction to Human Services
  • SWRK 230 Introduction to Social Work
  • SWRK 340 Social Welfare Policy I: Social Welfare History
  • SWRK 350 Social Welfare Policy II: Policy Analysis and Evaluation
  • SWRK 425 Social Work with Families
Research Interests
  • Social Work and Spirituality
  • Community Organization
  • Cultural Diversity and Social Justice
  • Macro Practice
  • Kennedy, D. and Wilson-Jones, L. (2017) "Undergraduate African American Males' Narratives on the Personal Factors Influencing Retention in the Social Sciences," Journal of Research Initiatives: Vol. 3 : No. 1 , Article 8.
  • Kennedy, D., Corbin , D. , Dilday, C., Marquez, M., and Nichols, Q. (2018) "African American Church Social Entrepreneurship as Macro Social Work, " Journal of Sociology and Social Work: Vol. 6: No.1

  • "Pan Africanism and Nkrumah" Fayetteville State University School of Social Work Faculty Lecture Series, Fayetteville, NC, February 2018
  • "Carter G. Woodson, HBCUs, and Social Work Education" National Association of Black Social Workers Annual Conference, Washington DC, April 2017

Professional Memberships
  • The Urban League
  • North American Association of Christians in Social Work
  • National Association of Black Social Workers