Shannon A Mokoro

Professional Details

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 287 Lafayette-009
Phone: 978-542-6610

Spring Courses

Cat. # Term Course # Title
4002 D2 SWK510 Directed Study in the Generalist Approach

Professional Biography

Dr. Mokoro began her career at Salem State University in the fall of 2007. Her primary teaching responsibilities are in the Bachelor of Social Work program. Prior to moving to New England, Dr. Mokoro taught in the Social Work program at Georgia State University. She earned a doctorate in Educational Policy Studies from Georgia State University where her concentration was Higher Education. Her Master of Social Work degree is from Clark Atlanta University. Dr. Mokoro practiced in the areas of behavioral health and addiction recovery after earning her MSW degree.

Professional Interests

(1) Cultural Competence, diversity, multi-systemic oppression and privilege in society and in Social Work Practice

(2) Social Welfare History

(3) Feminist social work practice

(4) Faith-based Social Service - in particular urban and multicultural churches that engage in the provision of social services 

(5) Social service provision & other issues related to immigration, in particular for and with West Africans

(5) History of African American religion and religious institutions


Dr. Mokoro teaches primarily in the BSW Program: Introduction to the Profession, Social Welfare Past and Present, Social Service Volunteer Practicum, Understanding Cultural Competency, Generalist Practice I and II, Human Behavior, Field Education, Spirituality and Social Work, Services for Women Clients, Black Religious Experience, and Religion and Society

Selected Publications

Book Reviews

Review of Til Death or Distance Us Do Part by Frances Smith Foster, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, vol. 37 issue 4 (December 2010): 217-219

Opinion Pieces

Mokoro, S.A. (2015, October 10). Cultural competency is a necessary skill  and policy for our schools. Lowell Sun.

Mokoro, S.A. (2015, June). Losses at Charleston church are losses for us all. Lowell Sun.

Mokoro, S.A. (2012, April 11). Gender Equity on College Campuses. Boston Globe.

Selected Presentations

Glikman, H., Mokoro, S., and Hinds, R. (April 2016). Congregational Social Work: Strengthening Low Income Individuals and Communities paper presented at the National Association of Social Workers, MA Chapter Symposium; Framingham, MA.

Mokoro, S.A. (April 2015). Daniel Payne Education Advocate and Reformer paper presented at the New England Historical Association spring meeting; Worcester, MA.

Mokoro, S.A. (November 2012). Connecting With Field Education: Sharing Best Practices CSWE Connect session as a member of the CSWE Field Education Council at the Annual Program Meeting for the Council of Social Work Education; Washington, D.C.

Mokoro, S.A. (October 2011). Field education as the signature pedagogy for developing cultural competencies: Impact of student demographics and field educational placement site on self-reported cultural competence paper accepted for presentation at the Annual Program Meeting for the Council on Social Work Education; Atlanta, Georgia.

Mokoro, S.A. (November 2010). Racial Uplift and Self-Determination: The African Methodist Episcopal Church and Its Pursuit of Higher Education paper accepted for presentation at the 50th anniversary History of Education conference; Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Butler-Mokoro, S.A. and Helm, K. (April 2009). Teaching Cultural Competency with Black Families in a Predominantly White Institution Paper accepted for presentation at the National Association of Black Social Workers Annual Meeting; Louisville, Kentucky.

Butler-Mokoro, S.A. (October2008). Live and In Color:  Using Popular Culture and Technology to Teach Cultural Competency Electronic poster presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Meeting; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Butler-Mokoro, S.A. and Connolly, P. (November 2008). Appreciating the Reaffirmation Process: A Tool for Socializing New and Returning Faculty Paper presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Meeting; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Butler, S.A. and Messina, L. (October 2006). Creating an Interactive-Intercampus Social Learning Environment. Paper accepted for presentation at the Annual Two-Year College Showcase of Best Practices, Innovations, and Teaching Excellence conference sponsored by the College Board of New England; Worcester, Massachusetts.