Merdinger, Joan M.

Merdinger, Joan M.

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School of Social Work

Academic Rank


Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

University of Pennsylvania, Social Work, 1980 DSW

Simmons College, Social Work, 1972 M.S.

Wellesley College, Psychology, 1970 A.B

Teaching Experience

Rhode Island College, 1977-1986

San Jose State University, 1986-2012

Administrative and Professional Experience

2006 - 2012 Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs (AVP/FA)

2004 - 2006 Interim Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs

2003 - 2004 Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

2001 - 2003 Acting Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs

1998 - 2000 Associate Dean, College of Social Work

1997 - 2001 MSW Program Director, College of Social Work

1991 - 1994 MSW Field Education Director, College of Social Work

1989 - 1992 BASW Field Education Director, College of Social Work

1988 - 1989 Interim Field Education Director, BASW & MSW Programs


San Jose State University 1986-2012

Selected Publications

Strage, A. & Merdinger, J. (2014). Professional growth and renewal for mid-career faculty. Journal of Faculty Development, 23 (3), 41-50.

Strage, A. & Merdinger, J. (2014). Planning a graceful exit to retirement and beyond: The San José State University way. In C. Van Ummersen, J. McLaughlin & L. Duranleau (Eds.). Faculty retirement: Best practices in navigating the transition. Sterling, VA, Stylus Publishing.

Merdinger, J., Hines, A., Lemon, K., & Wyatt, P. (2005). Pathways to college for former foster youth: Towards understanding factors that contribute to educational success. Child Welfare, 84 (6), 867-896.

Hines, A., Merdinger, J., & Wyatt, P. (2005). Former foster youth attending college: Resilience and the transition to young adulthood. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 75 (3), 381-394.

Lemon, K., Hines, A., & Merdinger, J. (2005). From foster care to young adulthood: The role of independent living programs in supporting successful transitions. Children and Youth Services Review, 27, 251-270.

Hines, A., Lemon, K., Wyatt, P., & Merdinger, J. (2004). Factors related to the disproportionate involvement of children of color in the child welfare system: A review and emerging themes. Children and Youth Services Review, 26, 507-527.

Merdinger, J. (1995). Women, death and dying. In J. Parry & A.S. Ryan (Eds.), A cross-cultural look at death, dying and religion. Chicago: Nelson Hall.

Merdinger, J., (1991). Reaching women students: Their ways of knowing. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 5 (2), 41-51.

Merdinger, J., Garrity, F., & Treichler, R. (1991). The impact of DRGs on social workers in a university-affiliated teaching hospital system. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 18 (1), 139-150.

Wrenn, R., Merdinger, J., Parry, J., & Miller, D. (1991). The elderly and the young: A cooperative endeavor. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, 17 (1/2), 93-104.

Gonzalez del Valle, A., Merdinger, J., Wrenn, R. M. &, Miller, D. (1991). The field practicum and transcultural practice: An integrated model. Journal of Multicultural Social Work, 1 (3), 45-55.

Merdinger, J., Wrenn, R. M., & Parry, J. (1990). Student social workers and AIDS education: A complex professional challenge. Arete, 15 (2), 32-37.

Adler, E., & Merdinger, J. (1990). Schools and systems: Policies and programs for pregnant and parenting adolescents. In A Stiffman & R. Feldman (Eds.), Advances in adolescent mental health Vol. IV: Contraception, pregnancy and parenting. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

Merdinger, J. (1985). Professional development of the BSW student. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, 12, 362-382.

Adler, E., Bates, M., & Merdinger, J. (1985). Educational policies and programs for teenage parents and pregnant teenagers. Family Relations, 34, 183-187.

Merdinger, J. (1982). Socialization into a profession: The case of undergraduate social work students. Journal of Education for Social Work, 18 (2), 12-19.


Merdinger, Joan M.