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Billie P. Terrell, Ph.D.

Class of 2003


Impact of ethnic socialization, ethnic identity, and discrimination on self-esteem and parenting attitudes of middle-class African-American men (2003)

Billie P. Terrell

​Billie P. Terrell has been an active member of the University of St. Francis community for thirty-four years. She began as a student there in 1977, became adjunct faculty in 1984, and has been a full-time faculty member for the last seventeen years. She has served as the Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.) Programs’ Field Director, Program Director, and Chair, and became the Chair and Director of the Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) program in May 2006. She was promoted to Professor in 2008 after having been an Associate Professor for the prior five years. Dr. Terrell specializes in individual and family treatment from a multicultural perspective.


  • B.S.W., University of St. Francis
  • M.S.W., University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Ph.D., Institute for Clinical Social Work

Awards & Honors

  • Faculty Services Award, 2007
  • Above and Beyond Award, University of St. Francis, 2005
  • CSWE Member, National Nominating Committee, 2005
  • Faculty Scholarship, 2004
  • Principal of the Day, Hufford Jr. High School, 2004
  • Advisor of the year nominee, University of St. Francis, 2002
  • Employee Recognition, University of St. Francis, 2002
  • Social Worker of the Year, 2001
  • Woman of the Year (National Hook-up of Black Woman), 1999
  • Sorority Woman of the Year (Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority), 1984
  • Social Worker Profile, Joliet Herald News, 1981

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

  • National Association of Deans/Directors (NADD)
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • National Network for Social Work Managers
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD) 1992–2005
  • Illinois Association of Deans & Directors
  • Illinois Chapter of NASW, Chicago Region , Elected Board Representative and District Chair of the Executive Planning Committee
  • Illinois Chapter of NASW, Chicago Region , Elected to Planning Committee
  • Illinois Group Psychotherapy Association
  • Joliet Business and Professional Women’s Association
  • Illinois Association of Child Care Workers, Founding Member