Faculty | Master of Social Work

Adjunct Faculty

Sarah Cantril is the founder and former executive director of Huerto de la Familia (The Family Garden) (1999-2015).  She holds a masters degree in Social Work Administration from Portland State University and a bachelors degree in an independent study, “Ethnicity and Gender in American Society” from the University of Oregon. Prior to her work with Huerto de la Familia, she worked as a social worker at Birth to Three, Headstart of Lane County, and Centro LatinoAmericano. She has worked with the Latino community as a social worker, garden educator and organizer since 1991.

Assistant Professor

Michele Eggers received her PhD from the University of Connecticut, School of Social Work in 2016 and her Master of Social Work with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential in School Social Work from San Francisco State University in 2000. Her work focuses on addressing reproductive global inequities from a reproductive justice framework. She also focuses on understanding the negative effects of globalization, such as environmental exploitation, and how these influence migration patterns to the United States. Dr. Eggers integrates human rights and social justice into social work teaching and practice.

Assistant Professor, Field Education Director

As the Director of Field Education for Pacific University’s MSW program, Rachel Jensen seeks to strengthen the community-academy relationship, create opportunities for students to link classroom knowledge to practice, and prepare them to become lifelong, inquisitive learners. Her practice experience includes children and family services, school social work, community work, and medical social work. She received her Master of Social Work from Humboldt State University in May 2006.

Assistant Professor

Del Quest received her PhD in Social Work and Social Research from Portland State University in 2014 and her Master of Social Work from University of Denver in 2004. She has practiced as a clinical social worker in an adolescent residential treatment facility which served youth experiencing substance abuse and mental health diagnoses and youth in out of home placements. Her primary focus both as a researcher and social work educator is on suicide prevention and intervention. Her goals are to help those impacted by the death of a loved one to heal from the loss, and to support other clinicians as they cope with the loss of a client.

Associate Dean & Director, School of Social Sciences

Jessica Ritter is a social worker dedicated to children’s rights in the U.S. and around the world. She is currently the Associate Dean & Director for the School of Social Sciences. She received her PhD in Social Work from the University of Texas in 2006 and her Master of Social Work with a concentration in Administration and Planning from the University of Texas in 1997.

Bachelor of Social Work Program Director

Don Schweitzer received his PhD in Social Work and Social Research from Portland State University in 2011 and his Master of Arts in Social Work from Boise State University in 2005. His research goals are to continue to conduct participatory and qualitative research in an effort to help shape innovative forms of policy, treatment models and service evaluation that can help overcome the problems associated with the homeless and runaway youth. He currently serves as the program director for the Bachelor of Social Work program.

Assistant Professor

Jon Talebreza-May, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, is an Assistant Professor of Social Work. Professor May received his Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute in 2013 and his MSW degree from New Mexico Highlands University in 2004. His work experience includes psychotherapy with individuals, families, and groups. In addition, Dr. May has experience in supervision and administration in the agency setting. His professional and research  interests include men's issues, race and ethnicity in clinical practice, and rural social work practice.