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Jackson, M. Sebrena

Sebrena Jackson

Associate Dean of Educational Programs and Student Services and Associate Professor

Contact Information

Office: Little Hall 1033
Phone: (205) 348-4726


  • Social Work Student Services

Areas of Interest and Expertise

  • Foster Youth and Higher Education
  • Higher Education Leadership
  • Online Education
  • Social Work Education

Other Titles

Founder of the National Social Work Enrichment Program (NSEP)


  • PhD, Clark Atlanta University
  • MSW, Clark Atlanta University
  • BSW, Tuskegee University

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Dr. Jackson’s diverse career in academia has spanned from Title IV-E Coordinator/Instructor of an undergraduate social work program at an HBCU, to Director of Field Education for the first fully online university to receive CSWE accreditation for an MSW program, to her current role as a tenured Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Educational Programs and Student Services of a Research I university.

As a first-generation college student, Dr. Jackson is passionate about education. This passion has guided her practice, research, and scholarship. Her two lines of education research include (1) post-secondary education access and success for youth transitioning from foster care and (2) online social work education. Dr. Jackson’s research on transition-age foster youth is grounded in her extensive practice experience and expertise in this area.  In 2008, she founded the National Social Work Enrichment Program (NSEP), a pre-college program which seeks to encourage foster youth to consider social work as a college major, while inspiring youth to graduate high school and enroll in college. Dr. Jackson continues to lead this organization with the vision to improve the educational outcomes of youth, while collecting significant pre-college program data, an unchartered area of post-secondary foster care research. Dr. Jackson was honored as the Social Worker of the Year in two states, NASW-GA in 2009 and NASW-AL in 2017 for her work with transition-age foster youth.

Dr. Jackson has also maintained an active research and scholarship agenda with her second line of education research, online social work education. She has presented at national and international professional conferences on this topic. She was recently selected as a keynote speaker for the 2023 Online Learning Innovation Summit (OLIS) and elected to serve as the CSWE Technology Track Chair for 2023. Dr. Jackson was selected to participate in the Institute on Pedagogy and Technology for Online Courses at Columbia University and the Online Learning Consortium’s Institute for Emerging Leaders in Online Learning (OLC IELOL). She has received awards as an Innovation Team Scholar and Innovation Scholar in Residence from the UA Office of Teaching Innovation and Digital Education (OTIDE). She currently holds a Quality Matters Teaching Online Certification.

As a former CSWE Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) recipient, Dr. Jackson continues to be a leader in social work education. She currently serves on the CSWE Council on the Role and Status of Women in Social Work Education and was selected for the CSWE Program Director’s Leadership Academy. She is also a CSWE Site Visitor. Dr. Jackson is a trailblazer in our profession, and through her leadership, practice, and research, a college education has become a viable option for hundreds of youth transitioning from foster care.

Selected Publications

Jackson, M.S., Dozier, K., Colvin, A.D., & Bullock, A.N. (2022). Exploring the self-efficacy of foster youth participating in a pre-college program. Children & Youth Services Review, 143

Jackson, M.S., Dozier, K.*, Colvin, A.D., & Bullock, A.N. (2022). Exploring youth voices in a pre-college program: Implications for policy, practice, & research. Child Abuse & Neglect, 130(3), 1-10.

Bullock, A.N., Colvin, A.D., & Jackson, M.S. (2022). Zoom fatigue in the age of COVID-19. Journal of Social Work in the Global Community, 7(1), 1-9.

Jackson, M.S., Nelson-Gardell, D., Williams, J., & Yang, F. (2021). International collaboration for mutual benefit: Southwest China and Southeast U.S. partnership. China Journal of Social Work

Schiele, J.H., & Jackson, M.S. (2021). The Atlanta School of Social Work and the professionalization of “race work.” Phylon: The Clark Atlanta University Review of Race and Culture, 57(2), 21-40.

Sage, M., & Jackson, M.S. (2021). A systematic narrative review of internet communication technology use by youth in foster care. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal.

Jackson, M.S., Colvin, A.D., Bullock, A.N., & Li, Q.* (2020). Teaching practice skills to MSW online students: An examination of a blended skills lab model. Advances in Social Work, 20(1), 172-183.

Jackson, M.S., Colvin, A.D., Bullock, A.N., & Dozier, K.* (2020). Building university/community partnerships: A pre-college program for foster youth. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 12(2), 44-54.

Jackson, M.S., Colvin, A.D., & Bullock, A.N. (2019). Development of a pre-college program for foster youth: Opportunities and challenges of program implementation. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 37(4), 411-423.