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Sharon Thomas

Assistant Dean, Recruitment, Admissions and Financial Aid
Clinical Assistant Professor

Sharon Holmes Thomas


Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building

Room 370-G

325 Pittsboro Street

Campus Box 3550

Chapel Hill, NC 27599

O: 919-962-4367

F: 919-843-8562

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Sharon Holmes Thomas serves as the assistant dean of Recruitment, Admissions, and Financial Aid in the Office of Academic & Student Affairs at SSW. She is a graduate of the UNC-Chapel Hill MSW program and returned to SSW to serve as a field education advisor and then as director of the Triangle 3-year program before assuming her current role.

Prior to joining the faculty at the UNC School of Social Work, Sharon was the coordinator of the Adolescent Parenting Program for the Orange County Department of Social Services. Sharon’s professional areas of interests are adolescent pregnancy prevention/risk behaviors, interventions with families of color, and global social work education.

Degrees and Licenses

MSW, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
BA, University of Michigan

Primary Program

Office of Academic and Student Affairs


Mental Health First Aid
Green Zone
Safe Zone

Research and Professional Interests

Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention
Interventions with Families of Color
Global Social Work Education

Recent Publications

Defining the Minimum Expectation of MSW Students: Implementation and Application of Technical Standards

Presentations, Workshops and Media

Strategies for Increasing MSW Program Diversity: Partnering with a Historically Black College/University

Matter Out of Place: Black Faculty at PWIs, Challenges/Rewards

Preparing Graduate Students for Study Abroad: Mutual Responsibilities of Home and Host Institutions

Developing Culturally Competent Treatment with Racially and Ethnically Diverse Clients

Strategies to Increase Provider Effectiveness with African American Clients