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Elizabeth H. Voshel

Clinical Associate Professor Emerita of Social Work

Elizabeth H. Voshel

Betsy Voshel served as the Director of Field Education and Associate Clinical Professor from September 2004 – April 2017 and upon her retirement became Associate Clinical Professor Emerita. She is a licensed master social worker (LMSW) with membership in the Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) since 1980 and she earned a post-master's teaching certificate from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. Betsy enjoyed a long and rewarding career that included a faculty appointment at Western Michigan University’s School of Social Work as the Field Education Coordinator as well as working for 22 years at the Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center in Battle Creek, MI primarily focusing on behavioral health and student training. For many years, Betsy was a leader and very active member in the North Central Field Director’s Consortium, Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). Betsy co-authored a social work text book, several articles, and several proposals that were funded. Over the years, Betsy has taught countless workshops focusing on social work ethics and her current emphasis is on the ethical use of social media. Betsy has presented nationally and internationally on the development of signature field education curriculum, co-led the development and teaching effort in the school's E-portfolio seminar, created a student peer facilitation teaching model, designed a robust field instructor training program, and contributed to an online training module for new Field Directors currently in use by CSWE.

Research Interests/Focus

Field instruction curriculum development, new Field Director training, field instructor training, social work ethics, ethical use of social media, and interdisciplinary collaboration.


Year Degree   School
1978 MSW Social Work Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo
2003 Certificate Post-Masters Teaching University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
1973 BA Sociology/Psychology Alma College, Alma, MI
Year Description
2012 Featured: Thank You: NASW Leadership, Michigan Chapter, National Association of Social Workers Newsletters.
2008 Nominated, Student Reader, School of Social Work Graduation Exercises, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.
2005 Featured; Surface, David, 2005 "The Real World: Surviving Social Work Field Placements", Social Work Today, 5(1), 23-27
2003 Social Worker of the Year Award, National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Michigan Chapter, Region II
2003 Recognition, WMU, Kalamazoo
2002-2005 Nominated Winner, Rebecca Binkowski Award, School of Social Work, WMU, Kalamazoo, MI
2001-2003 Award, College of Health and Human Services Annual Faculty
1998 Awarded, National "Scissors" Award, Secretary Goeber, Department of Veterans Affairs, Washington, DC
1996 Awarded, Medical Center Director's Commendation, President, Sparky's Nest Child Care Center, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Battle Creek, MI

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