Faculty & Staff

Dr. Peg Pittman Munke

Dr. Peggy Pittman-Munke

Program Director

102A Carr Health Building
270-809-3055

mpittmanmunke@murraystate.edu
Preferred email: 
pmunke@aol.com

Education:
BA Hollins College, Hollins College Virgina
MLS University of Texas at Austin, Austin Texas
MED Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio Texas
MSW Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio Texas
PHD University of Texas at Austin, Austin Texas

Clinical/Professional Focus:
Community organizing, parenting education, social work practice with children, adolescents, and chronically mentally clients, domestic violence, substance abuse prevention education, adolescent suicide prevention education training; social work education accreditation, Diversity Issues

Research Focus:
Social welfare history, social work education, distance learning

Professional Experience Prior to Murray State:
30 years in higher education in a variety of capacities; therapist for chronically mentally ill clients, program and organizational evaluation; social work education consultant

Professional Expertise:
Community organization, Mental Health, Social Work with Children, Distance Education, Rural Social Work, Diversity, Family Violence

Professional Organizations:
CSWE, BPD, NACSW, ACOSA, ISP

Dr. Whitney Cassity Caywood

Dr. Whitney Cassity-Caywood
Lecturer

Murray State Paducah Campus
270-809-1690
wcassitycaywood@murraystate.edu

Dr. Kala Chakradhar

Dr. Kala Chakradhar
Associate Professor

102B Carr Health Building
270-809-4529
kchakradhar@murraystate.edu 

Education:
Bachelor of Science (Zoology); Master’s in Social Work, University of Madras, India; Master of Philosophy (M. Phil) in Psychiatric Social Work, National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences, Bangalore, India; PhD in Social work, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, India

Certification and Licensure:
Certified Social Worker (CSW)

Clinical/Professional Focus:
Substance abuse, Mental Health, Health Care, Gerontology, AIDS and Resilience in multicultural population; Research; Innovations in Teaching/ Online Teaching/Client Interventions

Professional Experience Prior to Murray State:
Mental health and intervention with people with substance abuse problems and their families in India; Research and training in the field of substance abuse and domestic violence; Teaching in social work in a Master’s Program in India and Teaching in social science areas in the Middle- East ( Muscat, Oman and Dubai, UAE) and teaching in Social work in the USA.

Professional Organizations:
KASWE (Kentucky association of Social Work Educators)
NASW (National Association of Social Workers)
ICSD (International Consortium for Social Development)
BPD ( Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors)

Ms. Peggy Meriedeth Ms. Peggy L. Meriedeth


Field Education Director

102C Carr Health Building
270-809-4628

pmeriedeth@murraystate.edu


Courses Taught at Murray State:
SWK 498, 499

Education:
BS in SWK from Murray State, MS in Human Services from Murray State, MSW from WKU

Professional Experience Prior to Murray State:
31 years with Department for Community Based Services/Protection and Permanency in the areas of Child Protective Services, General Adult and Adult Protective Services, Foster care and Adoption, Juvenile Services, etc.; 6 years as front line worker with generic caseload, 16 years as an family service office supervisor for 2 counties and staff with generic caseloads, 9 years as regional administrator for 8 counties and regional staff with generic caseloads

Professional Organizations:
NASW, Kentucky Human Services Association, Ten-Ure

Mr. Jeff Wylie

Mr. Jeff Wylie
Senior Lecturer

102D Carr Health Building
270-809-4531
jwylie@murraystate.edu


Education:
MDiv & MSW from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Clinical/Professional Focus:
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Research Focus:
Mental health and mental illness, parenting

Professional Experience Prior to Murray State:
8 years as therapist at 4 Rivers Behavioral Health

Professional Organizations:
NASW, NACSW, KASWE