Dr. Pam Clary came to Missouri Western State University as the Acting Social Work Program Director, in August 2007. She remained in this position until August 2009, when she stepped into the Field Director’s position so she could return to school to complete her doctoral work. In August 2014, Dr. Clary resumed the leadership position of Program Director. Dr. Clary received her BSW (’87) from Kansas State University, MSW (’91) from the University of Kansas and her PhD (’14) from Kansas State University. She has over 17 years of direct clinical experience, over 15 years of teaching experience (BSW and MSW classes), along with several years of administrative experience. Dr. Clary’s social work experience includes working with children, youth and families with mental health issues, Parent/Child Sex Educator, licensed clinical social worker working with victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence and home health. She has provided numerous supervision placements for social work students and provided clinical supervision for social workers working on their licensure for the state of Missouri and/or Kansas. In addition, Dr. Clary has been and continues to be actively involved in the community. She sits on community boards, task forces, sub-committees and is involved in ongoing professional activities that promote diversity and social justice. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and is licensed in both Missouri and Kansas. While at Missouri Western State University, Dr. Clary has taught a variety of social work courses which include: Social Work Practice I, Human Behavior in the Social Environment I and II, Introduction to Social Work (face-to-face and online), Bridge to Practicum (a course she developed), Death and Dying and Practicum Seminar.
Jana Frye, MSW, LCSW, joined the faculty as the Field Director and as an assistant professor in August 2014. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Truman State University (‘90) and a MSW from the University of Kansas (‘99). She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for Missouri (LCSW). She has sixteen years of post-Masters field experience focusing primarily in the areas of child welfare and mental health services to youth, adults and families in the Northwest Missouri Region. In addition, she served as adjunct faculty at MWSU for Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Jana Frye has provided state and local training on numerous issues associated with youth and adult services, as well as practitioner ‘survival’. She serves as a NASW licensure instructor for the Missouri LBSW/LCSW exam. This past year, she taught Social Work Practice III, Child and Family Welfare, a lab section of Social Work Practice I, Social Work Seminar and Social Work Practicum. Her areas of expertise are in the following areas, macro practice, clinical practice with individuals and families, child welfare, child protection and adoption, work with trauma victims, veterans effected by PTSD and their partners and work with sexual offenders.