Name:  Chris Ward
Title: Graduate Director and Online Program Coordinator
Education:  Ph.D. (ABD), Virginia Commonwealth University
M.S.W., University of South Carolina
B.S.W., University of Kansas
Office:  114 Bancroft Hall   
Phone:  803/323-2648


College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty & Staff Profiles

Christopher J. Ward, "Chris", joined the faculty of Winthrop University's Department of Social Work in August 2017 and named the Department's Online Program Coordinator in July 2018.

While supervising online course development and maintenance, Chris oversees online program quality and consistency with CSWE standards. Working with Department faculty, he assists in online recruitment/admissions and leads hiring and training for adjunct online faculty as well as training for full time online faculty.  

Chris has extensive teaching experience in undergraduate and graduate social work education, including with hybrid online courses. His teaching is centered at the intersection of sound pedagogy supported by the literature, working collaboratively with colleagues to develop strong curriculum, and providing opportunities for improvement building upon the unique strengths of every student. These teaching experiences expanded Chris' interests that developed research veins where he publishes and presents scholarly work on 1) the decision-making process selecting appropriate tools for the online learning environment, 2) the acquisition and retention of research method knowledge by social work students, and 3) the strengths and challenges of macro social work education.

Chris received his BSW from the University of Kansas and MSW from the University of South Carolina. He spent almost seven years with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control as a Health Planning Analyst working in the State's Certificate of Need program.

Chris is the 2017 recipient of the prestigious GADE Student Award for Teaching in Social Work.