Andrea Tamburro, MSW, EdD

Associate Professor and Program Coordinator of the BSW Program

Area of responsibility: IU South Bend

WH 2227
1800 Mishawaka Avenue
South Bend, Indiana 46634
Office: (574) 520-4635


Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership - with Honours, Simon Fraser University British Columbia, Canada

Master of Social Work Degree from the University of Iowa

BA in Social Science Anderson University

Area of Interest:

Dr. Andrea Tamburro is the Director of the BSW Program in Social Work at Indiana University South Bend. She joined the faculty in 2010. Dr. Tamburro is from Indiana and returned after teaching and coordinating a Social Work and Human Services Open Learning Program (distance education) in Canada. She completed a doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada.  The emphasis of her research is Social Work Accreditation and the inclusion of diverse perspectives in Social Work including Indigenous curriculum content.  She earned her MSW from the University of Iowa. Her practice experience includes social work with diverse populations in the areas of corrections, mental health, domestic violence, and child protection in urban and rural areas. She is a member of the Shawnee Piqua Tribe, a tribe that is recognized by the State of Alabama.

Teaching Interest:

I have taught in all of the areas in the BSW Program.

Practice Experience:

Wellness Coordinator - Thompson Rivers University

Education Director for an American Indian Tribe

Social Service and Mental Health Coordinator Head Start

Mental health practitioner in several settings

Provided services in domestic violence, probation, criminal justice half-way house, and a group home. 

Publications / Presentations:

Tamburro, A. (2013). Including Decolonization in Social Work Education and Practice. Journal of Indigenous Social Development.

Tamburro, A. (2014). Indigenous Content in the Curricula of Professional Academic Programmes. Canadian Journal of Native Education

Pike, C, & Tamburro, A. (2014) Problem and disordered gambling: A growing and often hidden behavioral addiction. Chapter 69 in the Social Workers Desk Reference. New York, NY, Oxford University Press, (3rd ed).

Tamburro, A., & Tamburro, P. R. (2014). Social services and Indigenous Peoples of North America: Precolonial to contemporary times. In H. N. Weaver (Ed.), Social Work with Native Americans. London, UK: Ashgate.

Young, D, Tamburro, A., Harris, M. (2014). Literature Reviews. The Writer’s Handbook: A Guide for Social Workers. I also contributed to three book chapters: Academic Writing, Research, and APA Writing Style.

Young, D, Tamburro, A., Harris, M. (2015). Contributed social work examples and edited The Writer’s Handbook: 12 Workshops for Effective Writing, Ogden Dunes, IN, The Writer’s Toolkit Publishing