Social Work, B.A.

Faculty & Staff


John Halloran, J.D., MSW
Assistant Professor

John Halloran is an assistant professor in the social work department. He began his career as an attorney representing children in abuse and neglect court in Illinois. He holds a Ph.D. and MSW from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago, and JD from Loyola University. Inspired by his experience as a GAL, John now researches the intersection of law and social work in child welfare courts. John teaches primarily in the bachelor of social work program, with courses focusing on children and families, policy, research, and theory.

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.

Henry W. Kronner, Ph.D, MSW
Assistant Professor

Henry W. Kronner is an assistant professor in the social work department. Henry earned his B.A. and his MSW at the University of Michigan, and his Ph.D. from Loyola University. Henry has been teaching in higher education since 1998. He has taught in both the BSW and MSW programs at Loyola University, University of Illinois, Aurora University, and Northeastern University. Henry teaches across the curriculum, focusing on theory and practice, human behavior, and research. His research focus is on the LGBTQ+ populations and therapist self-disclosure. He also conducts program evaluations and has currently been working with Kane County in their Treatment Alternative Court.

Michael Lloyd, Ph.D., LCSW, CADC
Assistant Professor

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.

Rebecca Manderschied
Assistant Professor

Rebecca Manderschied is an assistant professor and director of field education for the social work program. Rebecca earned a B.A. in Social Work at Southern Illinois University, master’s degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Chicago, and Type 73 Certificate from Loyola University. She is clinically licensed and has Type-73 Certification. Rebecca brings more than 12 years of social work experience to the department, including work in the child welfare system, elementary schools, and children’s hospital

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.

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

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.