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Master of Social Work Faculty

At Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, we are committed to providing you with an academic community of instructors and fellow students who enrich your learning experience with learnings from their own practitioner background. Our faculty members will help promote your personal and professional growth so you can achieve your goals both academically and in your career.

Faculty devote themselves to help develop ethical, empathetic leaders for clinical practice. They're here to support you through email, as well as virtual office hours through Zoom and more. Meet your MSW faculty below.


  • Program Director

    Suzanne Shatila, MSW, brings vast experience to her role as a Program Director for Saint Mary's online Master of Social Work program. In addition to her work as a field liaison for social work students enrolled in a distance education program,...

  • Faculty Member

    Sylvester Amara Lamin is a graduate from The Ohio State University College of Social Work, in Columbus Ohio, where he earned his Ph.D., MSW, and a Certificate in AIDS education.

  • Faculty Member

    Shelly Statz is the Field Education Director and a Core Faculty member of the Master of Social Work program. Shelly has been practicing clinical social work for over 20 years.