Social Work, B.A.

Faculty & Staff


John Halloran, J.D., MSW
Assistant Professor

John Halloran began his career as an attorney representing children in abuse and neglect court in Illinois. Inspired by his practice experience, John now researches the intersection of law and social work in child welfare courts. He holds a JD from Loyola University‚ÄĒChicago, a MSW from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, and is completing his PhD at UofC, where his dissertation is on population dynamics in child welfare courts and out-of-home care settings. John teaches policy, research, and theory courses.

Gretchen Hoge, Ph.D., MSW
Assistant Professor

Gretchen Hoge is an assistant professor in the social work department. Dr. Hoge completed her MSW at Loyola University Chicago, and her Ph.D. at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She has experience working with survivors of domestic violence and their children in Santiago, Chile, and also engaged in community outreach and education during her time there. Her scholarship explores the experiences of immigrant survivors of intimate partner violence in varied cultural contexts, as well as the development and evaluation of policies and programs addressing gender-based violence.  Dr. Hoge has experience teaching social policy, human behavior, practice, and cultural diversity courses.

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

Michael Lloyd is an assistant professor and the 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.

Lorri McMeel, Ph.D., LCSW
Assistant Professor and BSW program director

Lorri McMeel is an assistant professor as well as the BSW program director. She completed her MSW at the University of Georgia and her Ph.D. at Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. McMeel’s areas of interest and research include suicidology, mental health, at-risk youth, program evaluation, and social work pedagogy. Dr. McMeel has experience teaching field seminar, practice, research, crisis intervention, psychopathology, and human behavior courses.

Mark Reyes, MSW, ACSW
Assistant Professor

Mark Reyes is an assistant professor as well as the field education director for the BSW and MSW programs.  Mark earned his BA in Social Work at Lewis University. Mark completed his Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  He has a Professional Educator License in School Social Work.  Mark has over 20 years of experience working with youth and families in a wide range of environments, including; group home, state-run, federally-funded and school-based programs. Mark has been a field education instructor for the past 15 years.

Ellen Thursby, Ph.D., LICSW
Assistant Professor and MSW program director

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 Administrative Assistant
(815) 836-5162