Associate professor of social work

Professor Paquin was a licensed clinical social worker in Missouri, where he worked in the field for several years in St. Louis. Both his master's degree and Ph.D. are from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.  Paquin, who received his bachelor's degree in social work from Western Carolina University in 1992, teaches human behavior in the social environment, community practice and social welfare policy and analysis.


Heidi MercerHeidi Mercer
Assistant professor of social work
Director of field education

Professor Mercer completed her master of social science administration at Case Western Reserve University. She then spent eight years in England, working with family and children services. Upon her return to Ohio, she worked on human trafficking issues with Crime Victim Services in Lima. 



Advisory Council 

The Advisory Council is comprised of Bluffton University faculty and staff, practicing social workers from the area, and students. It meets three times per academic year to advise the program director on curriculum content, program policies, fieldwork policies, program goals, recruitment strategies, accreditation self-study matters and other program matters.