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College of Arts and Sciences

College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Profile

 Ashley, Linda   Name:  Linda Ashley 
Title:  Director, Field and Continuing Education & Instructor, Department of Social Work 
M.S.W., University of South Carolina
B.S.W., Winthrop University
Office:  120 Bancroft Hall  
Phone:  803/323-2187 
Social Work Field Education, HIV/AIDS Social Work, International Social Work Opportunities
Born in Jacksonville, Fla., into a large active family, Ms. Ashley spent a 17-year career in the administrative and technology aspects of broadcasting, both television and radio, working with Post Newsweek and Jefferson Pilot Broadcasting. At a pivotal point in that career, she decided to change course completely and head into a more fulfilling career in social work. As a non-traditional student, she came to Winthrop and fell in love with the campus, the attitude toward education, and the field of social work.

After going straight through both degrees in a little over four years, she began her new career as a case manger for HIV clients throughout York, Lancaster, and Chester counties. Within two years she was the executive director of a newly formed Catawba Care Coalition and a medical clinic dedicated to the care of those clients. After successfully obtaining more than $1 million in grants for the clinic, she eventually left the thriving agency, which is still a strong nonprofit serving the community. During her HIV work she was a strong leader in South Carolina and worked on a National Center for Disease Control project of empowerment and assessment.

As the director of field at Winthrop, Ashley began the internship process for the new M.S.W. program and has developed an even stronger B.S.W. internship program within the College of Arts and Sciences. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the Council of Social Work Education, and she is a longtime member of the American Association of University Women. She continues to do nonprofit consulting work and donates her time to various agencies of interest.