Published on June 30, 2014 by Katie Stripling  

Dr. Ken Stoltzfus joined the College of Health Sciences as an associate professor and chair of the Department of Social Work in 2013. He previously served as chair of the Social Sciences Department at LCC International University, a North American­style liberal arts university in Klaipeda, Lithuania, and chair of the Department of Social Work at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. In addition to experience in academia, Stoltzfus brings extensive experience as a counselor and administrator at a number of human service agencies, including a residential substance abuse treatment facility for adolescent males, a faith­based addiction treatment clinic and a community­based mental health program.

Stoltzfus received a Fulbright Lecturing/Research Award in 2010; his Fulbright research project explored faith­based substance abuse rehabilitation in the Russian Federation. His research interests include substance abuse, spirituality/religion and social work in the former Soviet Union. He published numerous articles and has served as associate editor for the journal Social Work and Christianity.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.