Melissa Milliorn


Melissa Milliorn, professor of social work, is head of the Social Work Program at Hardin-Simmons University, which offers a Bachelor of Behavioral Science degree in social work or a minor in social work.

She is a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University where she earned the Bachelor of Behavioral Science degree in social work with a minor in criminal justice. She completed her graduate studies at the University of Texas at Arlington, receiving the Master of Science in Social Work degree in direct practice with children and families. She is licensed by the Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners as a Licensed Master Social Worker with independent non-clinical practice recognition.

Milliorn is active in her profession, church and community. She is a member of Heavenly Rest Episcopal Church where she was both baptized and confirmed. She is a member of the Council on Social Work Education, the Texas Association of Deans and Directors, and the National Association of Social Workers, serving as the secretary of the NASW Texas Board.

She lives a life of Christian service through community and church volunteerism with organizations such as Big Country Emmaus, Champion for Children, Connecting Caring Communities, Child Protective Services/Heart Gallery, Texas Network for Youth Services, United Way, West Texas Homeless Network, and others.

Her work experience includes direct practice in medical social work as a social worker/case manager at Abilene Regional Medical Center and Girling Health Care, and in child welfare through Child Protective Services, Family Outreach, and the Texas Network for Youth Services.

Milliorn actively pursues social justice through political and legislative actions, calling for legislative public policy changes to work toward alleviating the effects of poverty, oppression, discrimination and other forms of social injustices. She fervently seeks support for social work reinvestment initiatives to enhance and promote the profession of social work.

Degrees Earned

  • Bachelor of Behavioral Science, Social Work, Hardin-Simmons University, 1993
  • Master of Science in Social Work, Direct Practice with Children and Families, University of Texas at Arlington, 1999
  • A Princeton Review Best Western College
  • Council for Christian Colleges & Universities  
  • Center for Student Opportunity: Promoting a College-Bound Culture
  • US News Best Colleges
  • Military Friendly
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  • College Choice Best Christian Colleges and University
  • University and College Accountability Network