Dr. Sherron Wilkes has a zeal for student engagement and retention, leadership, and macro social work practice just to name a few. Dr. Wilkes has assisted college students with organizing both campus and community service-learning projects, thus empowering students to develop their own leadership skills and affect change. Dr. Wilkes teaches numerous social work courses such as Introduction to Fields of Social Work Practice, Social Work Practice in Communities and Organizations, and Human Behavior in the Social Work Environment I & II. In addition, she has taught electives and practiced in the areas of mental health, HIV/AIDS, and community development. Some of her greatest macro accomplishments were leading sustainable communities’ initiatives with Mid-South Delta Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), Mississippi Action for Community Education, Inc., and the Economic Development Center in Mississippi.
Since 2019, Dr. Wilkes has spearheaded the annual Social Work Month activities and received signed proclamations from Mayor Walt Maddox proclaiming March as Social Work Month in Tuscaloosa. In addition, Wilkes has coordinated NASW Advocacy Day events for social work students to attend in Montgomery, AL.
Dr. Wilkes’s research focuses on “A Qualitative Inquiry into the Use of a Virtual Platform during a Crisis to Boost Social Work Competencies.” Noontime Knowledge virtual learning series were started in response to COVID and the resulting restrictions on in-person continuing education. Dr. Wilkes envisioned and implemented Noontime Knowledge in August 2020 as part of a study on the benefits, challenges, and experiences of a virtual learning series. The growing popularity of the series has allowed its continuation to the present day. Noontime Knowledge is offered as a monthly continuing education series, where each month, current topics are addressed that are relevant to the social work profession. Its virtual format allows anyone with an internet connection to register and attend these sessions for continuing education units at no cost. Noontime Knowledge has become one of the School’s premier continuing education offerings and made a significant impact, particularly for social work practitioners who needed continuing education units during the global pandemic. In 2022, Noontime Knowledge reached 2,203 participants. To review past virtual learning series and learn about upcoming series, please visit Noontime Knowledge – socialwork.ua.edu | The University of Alabama. To learn more about the Noontime Knowledge qualitative study, visit University of Alabama Institutional Repository: A Qualitative Inquiry into the Use of a Virtual Platform during a Crisis to Boost Social Work Competencies.
*Johnson, K. A., *Wilkes, S., & Alameda-Lawson, T. (2013). Capacity building. In Encyclopedia of Social Work.
Cheatham, L. P., Smith, S., Siler, M., Johnson, K., Turner, C., Wilkes, S., Shah, A., Johnson, L., Swails, P., Lopaczynski, L.*,. (2020). “Own Your Vote”: A Novel Approach to Teach Social Workers about Voting Rights. Professional Development: The International Journal of Continuing Social Work Education, 23(2), 55–60.
Johnson, K. A., Binion, S., Waller, B., Sutton, A., Wilkes, S., Payne-Foster, P., & Carlson, C. (2022). Left behind in the US’Deep South: Addressing critical gaps in HIV and intimate partner violence prevention efforts targeting Black women. Frontiers in reproductive health, 4.