Faculty & Staff


Dr. Michael Lloyd, Ph.D., LCSW, CADC
Assistant Professor and Associate Chair

Dr. Michael Lloyd is an assistant professor and the Associate Chair of the social work department. Dr. Lloyd completed his Master’s Degree in Social Work and Certification for Alcohol and Drug Counseling (CADC) as well as his Ph.D. in Social Work.at the School of Social Work at Loyola University Chicago. Dr Lloyd’s current areas of interest, research and scholarship include substance use disorders, LGBTQ issues, and co-occurring disorders. Dr. Lloyd teaches human behavior, practice and substance use treatment courses.

Ellen Thursby, Ph.D., LICSW
Assistant Professor

Ellen Thursby joined the faculty in the fall of 2016. Dr. Thursby is an assistant professor as well as the MSW program director and has more than 20 years of experience working with young children, children with disabilities and their families, and adolescent parents. Her dissertation research was a narrative analysis of the decision making process involved in becoming a teenage parent. In addition to research on adolescent parenting, Dr. Thursby has researched the pedagogy of social work ethics in field education. Dr. Thursby has experience teaching theory, practice, and research courses.


Michele Latta
Department secretary
(815) 836-5162