Jennifer Smyer Dickey

MSW, Baylor University
BSW, Baylor University
Professional Credentials
Research Interests
  • International Social Work
  • Cross cultural implications for social work practice
  • Human Trafficking: domestic and international
  • International relief and development work
  • Congregational responses to strengthening communities: domestic and international
  • Macro Social Work
Jennifer Smyer Dickey is a full-time lecturer and the director of the Global Mission Leadership (GML) Initiative ( at the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work at Baylor University. She lived in Northern Sudan for several years after her undergraduate graduation, using social work skills within a congregational context. She returned to the US and worked for a missions organization for several years as director of team training and oversight to international relief/development work post the Tsunami in Southeast Asia in 2004 and the Haitian Earthquake in 2009. After obtaining her Masters in Social Work in 2008 from the Baylor School of Social Work, Dickey became the Director of GML in 2008 and received the first cohort of GML students into the MSW program in 2009. Dickey continues to remain active in local church life, consulting with church congregations who are engaged in responding to the practical needs of persons both domestically and internationally. She is recently married to John Christian Dickey who works with Southwest Adjusters.