Bette Brown Thoreck

Baccalaureate Program Director
Associate Teaching Professor

Professor Thoreck received her BSSW from Syracuse University in 1992, and her MSW in 1993. She joined the Office of Field Instruction in the fall of 1997 as the BSSW Field Placement Coordinator. Her practice experience is primarily in the area of school based adolescent pregnancy and parenting services and hospital social work. Professor Thoreck began at The Salvation Army, Syracuse Area Services as an adolescent pregnancy case manager, was quickly promoted to supervisor and, in her final two years at the program was the Director of a large service area that included Early Childhood Development services, two child care sites, (Fowler Day Care and YMED Infant Center) and five school-based case management sites. She supervised a staff of thirty case managers and day care staff. In addition, she assisted agency leadership with Quality Assurance functions such as data collection, outcome reports, program evaluation, agency accreditation and was heavily involved in grant writing.

For three years beginning in 1998, Professor Thoreck provided leadership for the School of Social Work Yenawine Institute for Corporate-Community Partnerships, first as Administrative Associate, then Acting Director and finally Director. In the summers of 2001-2003 (concurrent with her Syracuse University position), Professor Thoreck was employed at the SUNY Upstate Medical University Office of Multicultural Resources Health Careers Opportunity Program as the program Project Counselor.

Professor Thoreck has a long history of community service, including thirteen years as an advocate at Rape Crisis (now Vera House) and seventeen years with United Way of Central New York Community Impact Cabinet. In addition, Professor Thoreck has been a member of the Madison County Mental Health Community Services Board since 2006, which she chaired in 2009-2011.

Professor Thoreck teaches SWK 115: Introduction to Social Work in both the fall and spring semesters. Students frequently take this course out of curiosity about the profession and discover that social work is the right career choice for them and teaches HSH 101: Gateway course for social work majors. This course is taught in the fall semester. She is also a BSSW advisor.