Twyla Smith

Twyla Smith

Twyla Smith

Title: Assistant Professor of Social Work & Director of Field Education

Office Location: 015 Nethery Hall
Phone: (269) 471-6600


Twyla E. Smith received both her Bachelor's in Psychology (1993) and her MSW (2008) from Andrews University.


Mrs. Smith has almost 25 years experience in the Health and Human Service sector.  Prior to joining the faculty as the Director of Field Education for the Department of Social Work, Mrs. Smith was the Deputy Director of Southwest Michigan Community Action Agency (SMCAA) for 6 years and responsible for human resources, organizational and program development, resource development and outcomes evaluation.  SMCAA is the largest non-governmental, not-for-profit Health and Human Service organization in Southwest Michigan serving approximately 13,000 individuals and 6,500 families in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren counties.

Twyla is married to Pastor Jeff Smith, WAUS program Director.  WAUS is Michiana's 24-hour Classical Connection and broadcasts from the campus of Andrews University.  Mrs. Smith has lived and served with her husband in Michigan, Ontario (Canada), and New Jersey.  They have been married since 1991.  Pastor and Mrs. Smith are currently serving as a presenting couple for the Adventist Engaged Encounter (AEE), a marriage preparation ministry founded by Don and Sue Murray.  AEE events are held in the Spring and Fall of each year on the campus of Andrews University.  For more information about AEE, search for "Engaged Encounter" on Facebook or email

Current Research or Professional Activities


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Smith, T. (2017, July). Adventist Engaged Encounter: A Marriage Preparation Model. Presentation at Adventist Conference on Family, Research & Practice, Berrien Springs, MI.

Smith, T. (2017, March). Ethics and Implications of using social media with university students. Presentation at Michigan Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters. Kalamazoo, MI.

Smith, T., Trecartin, S., Baker, E., Sohn, L.* and Schwindt, K. (2016, November).  Social Work Ethics and Social Media:  What are the Practices and Concerns of the Social Work Field Team?  Poster Presentation at Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting.  Atlanta, Georgia.

Smith, T. and Trecartin, S. (2016, October).  Social Work Ethics and Social Media;  More than a Friend Request.  Presentation at Michigan Child Welfare Continuing Education.  Berrien Springs, Michigan

Smith, T. & Trecartin, S. (2015, April). The intersection of white privilege and microaggression. Presented at The Annual Summit on Social Consciousness: A Conversation on Race & Justice in America. Andrews University.  Berrien Springs, Michigan.