Dr. James Petrovich serves as the chair of the Department of Social Work and director of the Master of Social Work (MSW) program.
James joined Carroll College from Texas Christian University (TCU) in Fort Worth, Texas where he served as the Social Work department chair, overseeing TCU's undergraduate and graduate social work programs. He also helped TCU develop a recently launched Ph.D. in Health Sciences program. In addition to this administrative experience, James is a community-engaged researcher who strives to create meaningful relationships with local non-profit agencies where students can engage in service-learning. As a mixed-methods researcher and program evaluator, he has worked with a number of agencies and city governments in Texas to better understand the social problem of homelessness and develop/implement/evaluate programs designed to prevent and end homelessness.
James has received a university-level teaching award and a college-level research award at TCU and was also named social worker of the year for the North Texas chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and a Fort Worth Health Care Hero.
An avid mountain biker, James and his wife Rebecca enjoy hiking as well. Rebecca is also a social worker who has experience working in school settings with children at risk of dropping out and/or dealing with challenging circumstances at home. They have one dog, a 2 year old Maltipoo, Bug, who has settled nicely into his new Montana home.