Professor and MSW Program Director
Dr. James Petrovich serves the new director of the inaugural Carroll College Master of Social Work. The program is slated to start in the fall of 2021 pending faculty and Board approval. James has arrived early to shepherd the program through that approval process, hire a clinical director and establish clinical sites in the community, recruit for the program, and initiate the process for full accreditation which must be done prior to enrolling students.
James has hit the ground running, developing a world class, clinically focused social work program. The vision of the program is to use a hybrid format with students completing most coursework online. However, they will also visit Carroll's campus several times each semester for intensive training and coaching. This hybrid approach will allow students from throughout Montana to pursue their passion to serve vulnerable, marginalized and underserved individuals, groups, and communities as ethical and competent graduate-level social workers.
James comes to us from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth-Dallas where he served as the Social Work department chair. He has experience with both undergraduate and graduate level students. In addition to leading this successful program, he 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 two dogs, a 14 year old Boxer mix, Gidget, who has discovered a new well of energy since arriving in Montana and a 2 year old Maltipoo, Bug, who is still not sure what to make of his new home.