Social work Faculty

You are more than a student. You are a future colleague.

Walter Paquin

Walter Paquin, Ph.D

Director of Social Work Program; Professor of social work

Kelley VanGlider

Kelley VanGilder

Assistant professor of social work, BSW field director

Laurel Neufeld Weaver

Laurel Neufeld Weaver

Assistant professor of social work, MSW field director

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.


These are just a few of the field instructors who work with Bluffton students during their field work.

  • Elysia Bush from Crime Victim Services
  • Judy Lester from SAFY
  • Stacy Shaw from Children's Mentoring Connection (CMC)

Elysia Bush:

  • LSW, RAS
  • Director, Elder Victim Ministry and Guardian Programs of Crime Victim Services
  • Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, University of California at Berkeley
  • Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, Bluffton University
  • Registered Advocate with Advanced Training for Victim Service Provision
  • Allen and Putnam County Elder Justice I-Team

Stacy Shaw:

  • LSW
  • Children’s Mentoring Connection of Hancock County
  • Executive Director
  • BSSW from BGSU
  • NASW member