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Tim Scott

Tim Scott

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Department: Department of Social Work
Phone: 712-279-5545
Email: Tim.Scott@briarcliff.edu
Office Location: Heelan Hall 320


  • A.A., General Education, Weber State University
  • B.S., Psychology, Weber State University
  • M.S.W., University of Utah
  • Ed.S., Curriculum Design, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Ed.D., Social Justice Education with a focus in Cultural Political Economy, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Tim Scott


Tim is an experienced clinical social worker, mental health provider, program director and educator who holds an Associates Degree in General Education and Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Weber State University, a Masters of Social Work Degree from the University of Utah, and an Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum Design and Doctorate in Social Justice Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, (with a focus in Cultural Political Economy).

Prior to joining the social work faculty at Briar Cliff, Tim was the Director of the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. FSAP provides mental health, advocacy and wellness services for UMass and Amherst Regional School District employees and their families. In this role, he was a psychotherapist who oversaw all aspect of the program, including the supervision of doctoral and masters level clinicians, graduate student interns and clerical staff. During this time, he also worked as an instructor in the Social Work Program at the College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee MA and an Agency Supervisor and Training Director for second year Smith College School for Social Work students during their field placements.

Tim began his social work career in New York City, first as a Junior High School counselor, then as a harm reduction clinician working on a mobile health outreach clinic serving youth throughout northern Manhattan and LGBTQ youth in the Christopher Street area. Over the course of his career, his areas of practice have also included individual and group psychotherapy; medical social work; substance use/addiction; HIV/AIDS education/assessment/treatment; workplace violence assessment, post-disaster response and community crisis response. Much of this work has involved trauma recovery and advocacy work that was responsive to the health disparities and social determinants of health that are rooted in long-standing social inequities.

Tim is a first generation college student and graduate from Ogden, Utah. At the age of seventeen, he enlisted and served in the U.S. Army Infantry and later worked as an EMT. He later went on to work as a union and community organizer for many years.

Tim’s research, writing and published works can be found on progressive online platforms and in academic journals.


Keisch, D. & Scott, T. (2015) U.S. Education Reform and the Maintenance of White Supremacy through Structural Violence. Landscapes of Violence, 3(3). [Co-author]

Scott, T. (2011). A Nation at Risk to Win the Future: The State of Public Education in the U.S. Journal For Critical Education Policy Studies (JCEPS), 9(1), 267-316.

Gubrium, A. and Scott, T. (2010). Speaking to Social Change: Digital Storytelling as an Organizing Strategy for Increasing Access to Public Higher Education. Societies Without Borders, 5(2): 126-151. [Second Author]