Melissa L MilliornDepartment Head: Social Work; Professor of Social Work Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts Social Work
- 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
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, a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work and Psychology, and 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 Social Work Deans and Directors, and the National Association of Social Workers, currently serving as the Region 02 Representative of the NASW Texas Board.
She lives a life of Christian service through community and church volunteerism with organizations such as Communities in Schools of the Big Country, Big Country Emmaus and Chrysalis, Champion for Children, Connecting Caring Communities, Child Protective Services, Big Country Human Trafficking Coalition, 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. In continuing her direct practice, Milliorn conducts adoption home studies for the Taylor County 326th District Court.
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, environmental, and economic injustices. She fervently seeks support for social work reinvestment initiatives to enhance and promote the profession of social work to better meet the needs of society.