Dr. Bertha Saldana De Jesus

Assistant Professor and DSW Program Coordinator

Dr. Bertha Saldana De Jesus

Contact Information


Office: Stayer 318
Phone: 871-7350

Sp24 Office Hrs

T: 3:00-5:00pm Virtual
W: 4:00-5:00pm Virtual
R: 3:00-5:00pm Virtual
Comments: Email for an appointment.


Dr. Saldana De Jesus holds a BA in Social Work from Shippensburg University and an MSW from Widener University in Pennsylvania. She furthered her education by earning a DSW from Kutztown/Millersville University joint program. The focus of her dissertation related to Field Instructors’ training received to prepare social work students in the field. She has experience in Child Welfare, Behavioral Health, and Hospice.  Her teaching focuses on Micro, Mezzo, and Macro levels of practice and Field Education. She has co-chaired and has been a committee member of the dissertation.  She currently mentors and consults with Faculty, Social Work practitioners, and students abroad, providing seminars, workshops, and training related to self-care, field, and engagement.  Dr. Saldana DeJesus was part of the planning committee for the First International Social Work Education and Practice conference in Nairobi, Kenya, which created a relationship between MU and two universities in Kenya. She is the director of the DSW program at Millersville University. Her research interests are Field, Child Welfare, Mentoring, African American/Latino issues, International Social Work, and Scholarship in Teaching.


Saldana De Jesus, B, Isom, S. A.; Hunter, C. (2022) Training field instructor: Beyond the stated needs. Field Educator. Vol. 12 Issue 1, p1-25. 25p

Book Reviews:

Tufford, L. (2020). Child Abuse and Neglect in Canada:  A Guide for Mandatory Reporting. Oxford University Press.  

Cunningham, M., & De Saussure, J. (2019). Dancing the labyrinth: Spirituality in the lives of women.  Oxford University Press.  

Wender, C. J., & Morrison, P. E. (2019). The Hospice Team: Who We Are and How We Care. Health Professional Press. 


Saldana DeJesus, B. (May 2022) Legal and ethics in social work education and practice. Keynote presentation at the International Social Work Education and Practice Conference, Maasia Mara University, Kenya, Africa.

Murey, E. J., Saldana De Jesus, B, Ogongi, W., (May 2022). Social Justice: Project based student driven collaboration beyond borders. Presentation at the International Social Work Education and Practice Conference, Massia Mara University, Kenya, Africa.

Saldana DeJesus, B., Isom, S., Hunter, C., (November 2021). CSWE 67th Annual Program Meetings: Leading Critical Conversation, Orlando, Florida. (National)

Murey, E, Saldana De Jesus, B., Ogongi, W. (September 2021), 13th Annual Kenya Scholars & Studies Association (KESSA) Conference. Dallas/Fort Worth TX. (International)

Spangler, S., Saldana De Jesus, B., Uribes Speakes, E. (November 2020). Restoring Cultural Identity Through Healing & Empowerment Virtual NASW-PA 70th Annual Convention. (National and International)

Ogongi, W., Saldana DeJesus, B., (October 2020), Look to the Future: Versatility of Social work ethics in international context.  Virtual NASW Conference-PA. (State)

Saldana DeJesus, B., (November 2019). Macro Practice: Group Skills and GIS within a Community Based Project.  69th NASW-PA Annual Conference (State)

Saldana De Jesus, B., Walsh, K. M. (June 2019). Teaching Marco Practice: Using Group Skills in a community-based project.  Presentation at the 41th Annual Symposium of the International Association for Social Group.  Groups Work in Communities: Breaking down barriers, Building Global Connections, New York, New York. (National and International)

Saldana DeJesus, B. Teaching Methods: (April 2019). Using GIS to show social, economic, and environmental injustice in communities. Presentation at the 6th Annual Learning Institute Global Wellbeing and Social Change Conference Social Justice: Valuing Differences and Pursuing Equity and Finding Space for Solidarity. (International and Local)

Bethel, J., Foels, L., Frank, J., Saldana DeJesus, B. Dinse, L., (October 2018), Peace Conversations. A training presentation at the NACSW 68th Annual Convention in Hartford, CT. (National and International)

Saldana De Jesus, B, & Foels, L., (September 2018). Field Instruction: Giving back to the profession. NASW Conference-PA, Poconos, Pennsylvania. (State) 

Saldana De Jesus, B & Foels, L., (March 2018) Model of Field Instructor Training online. 4th Annual Social Work Distance Education Conference: Advancing Social and Economic Justice through Innovation. San Antonio, Texas. (National and International)

 Invited Events: Webinars | Workshops | Training Presentations

Invited: Saldana, De Jesus, B. (August 2022). Family Engagement Kenya Rising (Online) [International]

Invited Saldana (July 2022) Self-Care. Kenya Rising (Online) (International)

Invited: Saldana De Jesus, B. & Ogongi, W., (November 2020) Ethics for Educators. Professional Development Forum. Association of Social Work Educators in Kenya.  (International)

Invited: Saldana De Jesus, B. & Alejandre, Adriana (June 2020) Conversaciones Autentica:  Wellness and Mental Health in the Latinx Community. Latino Empowerment Project. (Local) 

Invited:  Empowerment Girls Program Presentation Hand Middle School April 9, 2019 (Local)

Invited: Saldana De Jesus, B., & Hinton-Polite, K., (November 2018). Cultural Humility. A training presentation at SunPoint Wellness, Lancaster, Pennsylvania. (Local)

Brierton-Granruth, L. & Saldana DeJesus, B. (March 2017). Conducting an Agency Ethics Audit. A training presentation at 2017 PCCYFS Annual Spring Conference: Be the Spark! Light the way.  Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  (Local)