Michelle Livermore Named Director of LSU School of Social Work

February 25, 2022

Michelle Livermore in front of oak tree

Michelle Livermore, LMSW, PhD, named director of LSU School of Social Work.Photo Credit LSU

BATON ROUGE – The LSU College of Human Sciences & Education named Michelle Livermore,
LMSW, PhD, as director of the LSU School of Social Work. Livermore’s appointment follows
the culmination of a national search upon Dr. Pam Monroe, Lois Canulette & W. A. “Buster”
Baker Memorial LSU Alumni Association Departmental Professor, announcing her retirement
this year.

Livermore is an associate professor and the Janet D. and Herman Moyse Ill Professor of Social
Work at Louisiana State University. Her research focuses on the intersection between
social and economic activities and outcomes among low-resource populations, reflecting
the social development approach to community development and social policy that motivates
her work. Her most recent research examines internet technology as an opportunity
and a barrier for these populations. Other work examines alternative financial service
use, work program outcomes, employment barriers, informal employment, civic engagement,
community social capital, and inter-organizational collaboration.

“I enthusiastically welcome Dr. Livermore as director of the LSU School of Social
Work,” said Dean Roland Mitchell. “Throughout this competitive search process, she
demonstrated that her ability to lead with vision coupled with her depth and breadth
of knowledge of the field is unparalleled. Dr. Livermore is committed to the college’s
vision for innovation in service to our students, state, and beyond. I’m excited to
see where she will lead our School of Social Work.”

Livermore’s administrative experience includes developing the Bachelor of Social Work
Program at LSU and serving as the director of the MSW Program and a community-university
partnership. She teaches courses in macro social work practice, policy, and research
in the School of Social Work and currently serves as the Vice Chair of Programs of
the Association of Community Organization and Social Action (ACOSA), the nation’s
oldest social work macro practice and research organization. She will assume her role
as director on June 1, 2022.

“I am honored to be selected to serve as the Director of the School of Social Work
at LSU,” said Livermore. “Clearly, the world needs more social workers and more research
to help social workers do their jobs more effectively. I am thrilled to have the opportunity
to work with such a talented and committed group of people who already work tirelessly
every day to educate, research, and serve in Louisiana, nationally, and internationally.
Together we will do great things. Geaux Tigers!”


About SSW
The LSU School of Social Work (SSW) aspires to be a leading school of social work,
a vibrant center of intellectual development, a leader in promoting and supporting
diverse communities, and an advocate for an integrated and inclusive model of social
work, all within a learning environment that supports best educational practices.
The SSW offers Child and Family Studies (CFS) and Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) undergraduate
degrees, MSW, online MSW, and PhD. SSW is part of the College of Human Sciences &
Education. Visit the School of Social Work at lsu.edu/socialwork.

About CHSE
As a college within Louisiana’s flagship university, the College of Human Sciences
& Education (CHSE) impacts the lives of individuals in our state, nation, and the
world through our research, service, teaching, and scholarship. We offer programs
through our five schools: School of Education, School of Leadership & Human Resource
Development, School of Kinesiology, School of Library & Information Science, and School
of Social Work. The University Laboratory School (ULS) is also under the college umbrella,
enrolling approximately 1,400 K-12 students. ULS was named a National Blue Ribbon
School of Excellence in Fall 2015. The college is home to the Early Childhood Education
Laboratory Preschool (ECELP) which enrolls 175 children ages six weeks to four years
old. The ECELP is a NAEYC accredited institution. Visit the College of Human Sciences
& Education at lsu.edu/chse.


Contact: Mary P. Woods
Director of Communications
LSU College of Human Sciences & Education
225-578-6796 (o)
[email protected]