Katie Van Blair, PhD, MSW

Dean of Innovation, Adult, and Graduate Studies

Dr. Van Blair's role as Dean is to identify, explore, and develop plans for the implementation of high-quality graduate and adult-focused undergraduate credit and non-credit programs, including online and other delivery formats, and actively promote these programs in the greater community.

She will also provide direct supervision to the Office of Graduate Admissions and the Professional Development Center.

Dr. Van Blair's CV (pdf)

Education and Training

  • PhD, Purdue University, Child Development and Family Studies; Specialization: Marriage and Family Therapy
  • MSW, St. Ambrose University, Master of Social Work
  • MS, Iowa State University, Human Development and Family Studies; Specialization: Family Studies
  • BA, St. Ambrose University, Psychology and Sociology


Van Blair, K. (2017). Ethics and Empowerment Social Work. University of Cuenca, Department of Social Work. Cuenca, Ecuador. January 4, 2017.

Van Blair, K. (2014). The Ethical is Political: Examining Social Work Ethics through a Gendered Lens. School of Social Work, St. Ambrose University Ethics CEU Event, Davenport, IA.

Steketee, G, & Van Blair, K. (April 2011). Encouraging/requiring professional behavior in students. National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work Spring Conference. Laguna Beach, CA.


Strzepek, K., Jacobson, B., & Van Blair, K (2011). The Long Table Model: Bringing Transnational Debates to a Small Midwestern University. In Sierra, M & Roman-Odio, C. (Eds), Transnational Borderlands in Women's Global Networks: The Making of Cultural Resistance. Palgrave McMillan, New York.

Dissertation (1998): "Women clients' perceptions of power and gender in therapy sessions: A phenomenological study"


Katie Van Blair

Ambrose Hall 239
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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