Adjunct Faculty

Our Adjunct Faculty are seasoned community practitioners who bring specialized knowledge and experience to the special topics courses that they teach.

Tonya Glantz

Tonya Glantz, MSW, Phd, earned her Social Work degree from Rhode Island College and her doctorate from the Joint Ph.D. in Education Program at the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College. She is currently employed as the Director of the Institute for Education in Healthcare at Rhode Island College’s School of Management.  Tonya has worked in the human service and child welfare fields since 1990.  She enjoys her role as an adjunct faculty member at both Providence and Rhode Island Colleges, where she teaches in the social work and early childhood education programs.  Tonya’s research interests include creating opportunities for collaboration across consumer and service organizations, empowerment work with disenfranchised fathers, school success within child welfare, organizational development within faith-based communities, and the evolution of spiritual identity in young children. Tonya has served as a presenter at local and national conferences.

Jill Sabatine Jill Sabatine, MSW, MPH, earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Connecticut and her master’s degree in public health from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  Her current practice experience includes working as the Social Service Director at AIDS Care Ocean State in Providence, working as part of the trauma team at Rhode Island and Hasbro hospitals, and working with students in the West Warwick school district.  Jill is the Chair of the Advisory committee of the National NASW HIV Spectrum project, which provides training to social workers on issues related to HIV and AIDS and has provided trainings nationally on HIV and ethics and HIV, mental health, and substance abuse. Ms. Sabatine is a Special Lecturer for the Department of Social Work teaching SWK 101: 21st Century Social Work , SWK 220: Culture and Diversity in Social Work Practice, and SWK 301: Current Issues in Social Work (HIV-AIDS).

C. Kelly Smith, MSW, received her MSW in Administrative and Clinical Social Work, Children and Families, from Rhode Island College. She also holds a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design. For the past 25 years, she has worked with numerous nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island in both consulting and administrative capacities, including full time commitment to the state’s domestic violence prevention movement for 12.5 years. She has mentored and supervised undergraduate and graduate social work students for 15 years. She has also worked extensively with LGBTQQ youth and indigenous people. Her consulting practice has been focused primarily upon nonprofit organizational development and strategic planning efforts. In her leisure time, she is an activist for social justice, a community gardener, a beekeeper, and a devoted PawSox fan. Ms. Smith is a Special Lecturer teaching SWK 301: Violence Against Women and SWK 220: Culture and Diversity in Social Work Practice.


Rosemary-Maher.jpg Rosemary Maher, MSW has been a social worker in the Rhode Island community for over 40 years. Prior to pursuing a Masters Degree in Social Work at Boston University in 1980, Rosemary was first employed at the Blackstone Valley for Retarded Citizens as a case manager providing services to the families of severely and profoundly retarded children and their families. Subsequent to that, she was a social worker with the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families. Upon receipt of her MSW, Rosemary continued at Bradley Hospital where she had trained as an outpatient therapist continuing to focus on the treatment of sexual abuse. This focus on sexual abuse and trauma continued when she moved from Bradley to Sophia Little Home and St. Mary’s Home for Children. In 1992, she pursued advanced training in addiction studies at Boston University where she received a Post Graduate Certificate in Alcoholism and Drug Abuse. This led to focusing her clinical work on addictions, employee assistance and intervention with impaired professionals. She was the Clinical Director for the Rhode Island Employee Assistance Program and later was the Director of the Impaired Health Care Professionals Program of the Rhode Island Medical Society. Twice recognized as Social Worker of the Year by the Rhode Island Chapter of National Association of Social Workers-in 1996 for Chemical Dependency and in 2011 in Health and Mental Health, she began teaching Introduction to Social Work at Providence College in the Fall of 2015.

Jordyn Hagar, MSW earned her masters degree in social work from Fordham University.  She has been in clinical practice serving children, adolescents, and families for over ten years.  She has worked in a variety of settings providing individual, family, and group therapy and doing program and curriculum development.  Mrs. Hagar has extensive experience as a substance abuse counselor with adolescents, both at the outpatient and residential level.  She has a certification in Advanced Trauma Treatment from the Ferentz Institute.  She has also worked as a clinical supervisor for advanced licensure candidates.  Mrs. Hagar has a passion for using theory and evidenced based practice in palatable and creative ways to the benefit of her clients, supervisees, and students.