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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, holds a Doctorate in Education from the Joint Program of the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College and Master’s degree in Social Work from Rhode Island College. She is the current President of the NASW, RI Chapter, Director of the Institute for Education in Healthcare at Rhode Island College, and lead Project Investigator for the RIC-COEXIST grant, a funding initiative that addressed HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention through workforce development and care continuum expansion. For over 25 years, her work has focused on serving and developing training for human service professionals serving vulnerable populations. Her practice and research interests include creating opportunities for collaboration across consumer and service organizations, empowerment work with disenfranchised fathers, and school success for children involved with child welfare. She is also involved in consultation and evaluation related to organizational development within faith-based communities and the evolution of spiritual identity in young children. She has served as a presenter at local and national conferences. Dr. Glantz has been adjunct faculty in the Department of Social Work since 2003 teaching SWK 301: Problem in Practice with Children and Families and SWK 366: Community and Political Practice.


Jill Sabatine, MSWJill 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 a Program Manager 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 Pawtucket school district. Ms. Sabatine is the former 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 an Adjunct Faculty for the Department of Social Work teaching SWK 220, and SWK 101.


C. Kelly SmithC. 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 teaches SWK 301: Violence Against Women and SWK 366: Community and Political Practice.



rosemary-maherRosemary Maher, MSW has been a social worker in the Rhode Island community for over 40 years. Prior to pursuing a Master’s degree in Social Work at Boston University in 1980, Ms. Maher 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, Ms. Maher 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 21st Century Social Work at Providence College in the Fall of 2015.


Jordyn Hagar, LICSW earned her Master’s 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. Ms. Hagar teaches SWK 101 and SWK 253.



Barbara Quinn-Witbeck has been a social worker in the Rhode Island schools for over 30 years. Prior to earning a Master’s degree in Social Work at Rhode Island College, Barbara was first employed at Wrentham State School as a Social Worker working on the deinstitutionalization of individual’s with intellectual disabilities moving clients back into the community. Upon receipt of her MSW, Barbara worked as a School Social Worker for Meeting Street School from 1984 to 1993. In 1993, she became a School Social Worker for the Providence School Department. In her years with the school department she worked to support students with learning and behavioral disabilities as well as addressing the needs of all students. She became a Lead Social Worker for the district in 2008 where she was responsible for developing professional development for district social workers, training new social workers and helping develop policy for the district on Social Emotional Learning. Twice recognized as Social Worker of the Year by the Rhode Island Chapter of National Association of Social Workers-in 2012 for School Social Work and in 2014 by the Department of Education as School Social Worker of the Year. In 2015 she was recognized for by Providence College with the Faithful Friar Award for her work mentoring and training social work interns from Providence College. She began teaching Introduction to School Social Work at Providence College in the Fall of 2016.