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Dr. Dorrance Kennedy


Dr. Dorrance Kennedy
Assistant Professor /Assistant Director of Field Education

Office: Lauretta J. Taylor Building, Room 214
Phone: 910-672-2549
Fax: 910-672-1755


Ed.D., Fayetteville State University

MSW, Southern University

BS, Hampton University

Dorrance Kennedy, Ed.D., LCSW is  Assistant Professor/Assistant Director of Field Education at Fayetteville State University. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Hampton University in Virginia, Master of Social Work degree from Southern University in New Orleans and his Doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from Fayetteville State University. His dissertation was entitled "Factors influencing the academic progression of African American male students in selected North Carolina universities." Dr. Kennedy has presented his research at national conferences including the Council on Social Work Education.

Dr. Kennedy’s professional experience focuses on children and families. He was a public school social worker in Louisiana, Missouri and Illinois. He has also served as a Rites of Passage mentor for teenage youth. He has completed training at the United Way Multicultural Leadership Development Program and the Institute for Community Leadership.

Dr. Kennedy is a former board member of the Fayetteville Family Life Center and the African American Advisory Committee of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).  He is currently a member of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work, National Association of Black Social Workers, the NAACP, and the Urban League.

Teaching Courses

SWRK 220 -Intro to Human Svc
SWRK 230 -Intro to Social Work
SWRK 330 -Hum Beh & the Soc. Environ
SWRK 340 -Social Welfare Policy & Svc.
SWRK 350 -Social Welfare Policy II
SWRK 410 -Social Work Practice

Research Interest

Social Work and Spirituality
Community Organization
Cultural Diversity and Social Justice
Macro Practice


Brown, T.M., Marquez, M., Perkins, G., Kennedy, D. (2016). The Value of a Social Work Degree: Public Social Service Agency Directors' Views, Journal of Sociology and Social Work, 3 (2), 1-6.

Marquez, M., Dilday, C., & Kennedy, D. (2015). U.S. military response to domestic civil unrest: Implications for social work. Research Institute for Progression of Knowledge,  2(5), 16-20.

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