Dr. Glenda Dewberry Rooney is a graduate of Pueblo High Class of 1964, after which she obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas. In 1976, she earned a Master’s degree at the University of Illinois-Chicago and a Doctorate from the University of Minnesota in 1994. In August 2012, she achieved the status of Professor Emeritus, a distinction for retired professors. After graduating from the University of North Texas, she accepted a position with the National American Red Cross, Service to Military Families, Irwin Army Hospital, and Fort Riley, Kansas.
She was a professor at Mankato State University. As a professional social worker, her practice experience focused on child welfare, mental health, and work with families. In addition, her experience includes human services and higher education organizations as a program manager, as an Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Chair of the Department of Social Work, Augsburg College. As a trainer, she was invited to speak in Taiwan, the Netherlands and Korea.
While on leave from Augsburg College as a Visiting Professor, she was invited to serve as the Interim Gamble-Skogmo Land Grant Chair in Child Welfare and Youth Policy, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota. Scholarship is a basic requirement of academic life. In her case, Scholarship has resulted in publications as contributing and co-author in numerous books, the most notable as a co-author of Direct Social Work Practice, Theory, and Skills, currently in its 10th edition.