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William L. Vanderwill

LEO Intermittent Lecturer

William L. Vanderwill

Mr. Vanderwill joined the Office of Field Education at the School of Social Work in July 2005 as a field educator/lecturer/field liaison. His primary areas of interest are urban social work, mental health and community organization. Bill works with students across all methods and concentrations.

Bill has practiced as a clinician, community organizer and administrator in a variety of human service agencies in Metro Detroit, including Community Crisis Center, Starfish Youth Services, Family Service of Detroit, Harbor Light Center, Hegira Programs and Arcadia Health Care.

Bill was the Coordinator of the Addiction Studies Program at Madonna University and a member of the faculty from 1982 to 2005. He taught social work, gerontology, psychology, case management, sociology and addiction studies courses. Additionally, Bill was a faculty member at Wayne State University in the School of Social Work, College of Lifelong Learning, College of Pharmacy and the Department of Mortuary Science from 1998 to 2005. During his tenure at Wayne State, he served as a placement assistant and faculty advisor in the School of Social Work. Bill has also been an instructor at Henry Ford Community College, Marygrove College, and the University of Michigan-Dearborn. He has pursued doctoral studies in counseling and sociology.

Bill has also been actively involved in the social work community as a workshop presenter and consultant. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (BCD). Bill is a member of the SSW Community Organization Learning Community and serves as the faculty advisor for the SSW Social Work and Sport Association (SWSA) and the Social Justice Art Festival Committee.

Research Interests/Focus

Urban social work, mental health, community organization, political social work, sport social work and social justice art


Year Degree   School
1982 MSW Social Work University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
1980 BSW Social Work Wayne State University
1975 AA Henry Ford College

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