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Erma Ballenger

Erma Ballenger

Director of Field Education - Advanced Practice
Phone: 254-710-6233

"The role of director of field education in advanced practice permits me to hear the hearts, the intentionality and concentration focus of our students and to facilitate placement in a field education setting that supports excellence in social work education, their concentration and their passions."

"I am humbled by the strength of passion and the sense of purpose and calling that our students bring to their educational experience. The calling is borderless. Many plan to serve internationally. All plan to invest in the lives of others to create a more just and humane national and global community. I am honored to have the privilege of walking alongside our students as they prepare to impact individuals, families, communities, and governments in the nation and the world."


Ph.D Educational Psychology & Cultural Studies. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
M.S.W., School of Social Work. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.A., Sociology. University of Colorado-Boulder
Full Curriculum Vita

Selected Publications

  • Ballenger, E.M. "Unto the Third & Fourth Generation: A Family Systems and Biblical Perspective". The Christian Counsellor, 5(April –June). United Kingdom.
  • Ballenger, E.M. "Breaking Generational Curses". Catalyst. Botsford, CT: North American Association of Christian in Social Work.
  • Ballenger, E.M. "Determinants of the Juvenile Court Disposition-Restitution as a Condition of Probation. Unpublished Dissertation. University of Nebraska.

Research Interests

  • At-Risk Youth
  • Individual and Family Resilience
  • Individual, Marital and Family Therapy
  • Field Education