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Stephanie G. Odera, Ed.D.

Director of field education and associate professor in teaching

Email: sgodera@vcu.edu

Phone: (804) 828 -0708

Ed.D., Virginia Commonwealth University
M.S.W., Virginia Commonwealth University
B.S.W., Virginia Commonwealth University

Stephanie Odera is the director of field education and associate professor in the VCU School of Social Work. In addition to leading the Office of Field Education, Stephanie's teaching and scholarship interests include educational equity and anti-racist pedagogy and practice. Prior to her work in higher education as an academic administrator and faculty member, Stephanie worked as a social worker in Richmond Public Schools and a CPS Specialist II for the Virginia Department of Social Services.

Stephanie earned a doctorate degree in Educational Leadership from VCU as well as bachelor's and master's degrees in social work. Stephanie is passionate about mezzo level social practice and the transformative power of communities. She leads, teaches and practices with the words of Audre Lorde in mind, "without community, there is no liberation."

Notable awards, honors and appointments

VCU Division of Inclusive Excellence Educational Fellow (as of September 2019)

Teaching Areas and Interests

  • SLWK 791: Racially-Just Social Work Practice
  • Anti-Racist Pedagogy
  • School-based social work practice


Selected publications

Wagaman, M. A., Odera, S. G., & Fraser, D. V. (2019). A pedagogical model for teaching racial justice in social work education. Journal of Social Work Education