Clifford J. Rosenbohm

Clifford J. Rosenbohm, PhD, LCSW

Director of the School of Social Work

MSW Program Director

Professor of Social Work



Office: Meridian Street House

I first heard about George Fox University during the mid-1990s. A family I knew through church had a daughter attending the school at the time. I was working for the State of Alaska in Child Protective Services and did not think much about the school at the time. As my career started to take a different path, I found my way into higher education and began to explore the possibility of teaching in a faith-based institution. As I started teaching full time, George Fox University was not on my radar. I eventually found my way to George Fox through a colleague who was passionate about teaching and the education of social workers. She spoke highly of her institution: George Fox.

I have been at George Fox since 2002 and appreciate its commitment to the integration of faith and learning. The university’s Christ-centered focus permeates throughout the institution. The field of social work in America has roots in the religiously instilled beliefs of the church. One of the best things about being at this university is the ability to engage students in a learning process that allows for open and honest discussion about difficult social problems and the role of faith, religion and spirituality in addressing the issues of our time.

Academic Background

BA, Psychology, Louisiana College
Masters of Social Work (MSW), Certificate of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
PhD, Social Welfare, Case Western Reserve University

Expertise and Research Interests

My early experience and training led me to focus on urban youth. I have worked in several communities and capacities with Young Life. I have more specifically focused on child welfare and applied my education to the prevention and intervention of child abuse and neglect. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Oregon and held licenses in both Alaska and Kentucky.

Religion and spirituality in social work education has been the primary focus of my research. I have also focused on program development and assessment throughout my professional and academic career.

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Publications and Presentations

Primary Teaching Responsibilities

I have had the opportunity to teach every course in the social work curriculum except for statistics. My regular courses are:

SWRK 180 - Introduction to Social Welfare
SWRK 290 - Diversity Issues in Social Work Practice
SWRK 391 - Practice I (Micro Practice Skills)
SWRK 490 - Senior Seminar

In 2013, I earned the university's top teaching award at the undergraduate level.

Outside the Classroom

I enjoy many things outside the classroom. I was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. That means that eating gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, crawfish, shrimp and anything with Creole and Cajun seasoning is a favorite pastime of mine. I have a great family that is funny, quirky and blessed. I have always enjoyed multiple sports, but I prefer playing basketball. I follow the only "Christian" NFL team — the New Orleans Saints. I am a self-taught mediocre guitar player who really enjoys the blues and jazz music of the Big Easy.