C. Jean  Roberson
Assistant Professor and Director of Field Education
School of Public Health
Department of Social Work
1603 CHS Building 1

Jean Roberson serves as assistant professor and director of field education for the Master of Social Work program at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. She holds a Doctor of Social Work from St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas, a Masters of Social Work and a Certificate in Theology from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. She is also a licensed certified social worker in the state of Alabama. Roberson has spent 16 years in social work practice with the majority of her career in a faith-based context. She is married and has two children. Her favorite accomplishment is that she has traveled to 21 different countries.

Degrees and Certifications

  • Doctor of Social Work, St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas
  • Master of Social Work, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Certificate of Theology, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Bachelor of Arts, psychology, William Jewell College
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), Alabama


  • Faith–Based Social Work
  • Simulation

Awards and  Honors

  • Mann Center Faculty Fellow in Community-Based Learning, 2019-20
  • Emerging Leader Award, Missouri Baptist Foundation, 2013


  • Roberson, C. J. (2019). Teaching Note - Closing the health gap and social work education: A Grand Challenge. Journal of Social Work Education, 55(1). 188-193. doi:10.1080/10437797.2018.1498416

  • Roberson, C. J. and Adedoyin, A. (2019). Historical and contemporary synopsis of the development of field education guidelines in BSW, MSW, and doctoral programs. Professional Development: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education, 22(1), 22-27.

  • Roberson, C. J. (2019). Simulation in social work education: A Qualitative study of MSW student development. Manuscript accepted for publication by Journal of Social Work Education.

  • Roberson, C. J. (2018). Understanding simulation in social work education: A conceptual framework. Manuscript accepted by Journal of Social Work   Education.

  • Roberson, C. J. (2017). [Review of the book Brave, strong, true: The modern warrior’s battle for balance, by K.H. Thomas, K.H.] Manuscript accepted for publication in Social Work & Christianity

  • Roberson, C. J. (2015). The spirit of adoption: Writers on religion, adoption, faith, and   more. [Review of the book The spirit of adoption: Writers on religion, adoption, faith, and more, by Mock, M.S, Diede, M.K., and Webster, J. (Eds.)]. Social Work & Christianity. 43(2), 253-255.


  • Gurley, L., Roberson, C.J., York, A., and Childress, J. (2019, March). An interprofessional team approach to using standardized patient simulation to facilitate person-centered quality healthcare in home hospice care setting. Poster presentation for the 2019 National Academies of Practice Annual Meeting & Forum, Pentagon City, VA.

  • Roberson, C. J. (2018, October). Simulation in social work: A tool for the development of faith integration. Accepted presentation for the North American Association of        Christians in Social Work convention, Hartford, CT.

  • Roberson, C. J. (2018, November). Simulation in field: A strategy for developing social work and interprofessional competencies. Eposter presentation at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Orlando, FL.    

  • Baker, L. and Roberson, C. J. (2018, November). Using interprofessional simulation to   teach disaster response to social work students. Presentation at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Orlando, FL.

  • Roberson, C. J. (2017, June). In the midst of anxiety and depression. Presentation for continuing education at Baptist Nursing Fellowship Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX.

  • Roberson, C.J. (2017, March). Standing firm in the midst of anxiety and depression. Presentation at TN Woman’s Missionary Union Get-Together Conference, Gatlinburg: TN.

  • Roberson, C. J. (2017, March). Don’t forget the cream filling: Accessing spirituality in social work practice. Presentation at Children’s Hospital Eleanor Barnes Social Work Conference, Birmingham: AL.

  • Thatcher, K., Roberson, C. J., and Crawford, S. (2016, June). Using simulation as a teaching strategy towards student interprofessional collaboration. Presentation at The Teaching Professor conference, Washington, D.C.

Research Areas

  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
  • Simulation


  • Council on Social Work Education
  • North American Association of Christians in Social Work
  • North American Network of Field Education Directors