Waddell, Rhondda

Headshot of Dr. Rhondda WaddellTitle: Professor

Department: Department of Social Work           

Phone:  352-588-8018

Email: rhondda.waddell@saintleo.edu


  • Bachelor of Sociology, University of Florida
  •  Masters of Social Work, Florida State University
  •  Doctorate of Social Work, Florida State University

Dr. Rhondda Waddell received both her Ph.D. and MSW degrees from Florida State University in Social Work. She is a licensed clinical social worker and a tenured Full Professor in the School of Education and Social Services at Saint Leo University. Dr. Waddell has more than thirty years of social work practice and membership in the NASW organization with a special interest in service-learning practice/and humane education research. She co-developed the Interdisciplinary Family Health program in Gainesville, Florida which educates over 700 interdisciplinary health profession students and serves approximately 200 families in the Gainesville, Florida community annually. As a professor she delights in the development of an ongoing relationship with students and community partners in collaborative service activities. Dr. Waddell developed and teaches a Veterinary Social Work class, a Social Justice and Social Entrepreneurship class, and works closely with her therapy dog, Andy to serve vulnerable populations.

Community Affiliation:

  •  Member of National Association of Social Work
  •  Member Council on Social Work Education
  •  Member Center for Scholastic Inquiry (CSI)
  •  Member Human Rights Campaign

Teaching & Professional Interests:
Dr. Waddell has many years of clinical social work and teaching experience, at both the professional and undergraduate level. It is through this broad experience that she has found her passion, as an educator, and specifically that of the social work educator. She seeks to work with students to fully underscore the importance and strengths of securing a knowledge-base in a generalist and the strengths perspective. In her current role as a professor she delights in developing an ongoing relationship with students as they move across the curricula. Dr. Waddell emphasizes the interaction between the person and environment across all courses. 

Honors & Awards:

  • 2016 NASW Keynote Speaker, Social Work Month Celebration, Gainesville, Florida.
  • 2014-2015 Sullivan Foundation Social Entrepreneurship Faculty Fellows in Service Learning and Social Entrepreneurship, Ashville, North Carolina.

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