Edward Fitzgerald, J.D., Ph.D.

BSW/MSW Program Director / Assistant Professor

Campus: Richmond

Tom Raper Hall, #152 | ES 4138K
2325 Chester Blvd. | 902 West New York Street
Richmond, IN 47374
Office: 765-973-8422 | 317-274-3965


  • Doctor of Jurisprudence, 1997
  • Master of Social Work, 1985
  • BA Psychology, 1981

Current Research Interests

Addictions, gatekeeping in social work education, improving social service capacity in rural communities, and the overlap of social work and law.

Selected Publications/Presentations

  • Gatekeeping in BSW Programs  Roundtable discussion at the 26th Annual Baccalaureate Social Work Education Conference October 2008 held in Destin, Florida.
  • Expanding Protection of Children Using Current Child Welfare Laws:  Social Justice through Casework Practice.  Peer reviewed paper presented at the 21st Annual Baccalaureate Social Work Education Conference October, 2003 held in Reno, Nevada. 
  • Queiro-Tajalli, I., Byers, K., & FitzGerald, E.  (2001).  The 2001 Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards:  Issues and opportunities for BSW education.  Advances in Social Work, v 2, (2), 104-112.

Selected Previous Social Work Roles

Child welfare caseworker, Substance abuse therapist, Family therapist, Employee assistance program coordinator, Student assistance program coordinator