Katherine Shelek-Furbee, Department Chair

Professor Kathy Shelek-Furbee, a native West Virginian, celebrated 25 years of teaching at Bethany in July 2009. She earned her MSW from West Virginia University in 1980. A licensed certified professional social worker (LCSW), her areas of expertise include treatment of addictions, gerontology, social work administration, treatment of victims of domestic violence, and anger management for women.

Her professional memberships include the Council on Social Work Education, the National Association of Social Workers, and Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society. She remains active professionally through numerous presentations, volunteer work and service on boards of non-profit organizations. Professor Shelek-Furbee is a 2003 recipient of the James E. Allison Award for Excellence in Teaching and in 2010 received the President’s Award for Excellence in Performance for Faculty.

Professor Shelek-Furbee and her husband Thomas, who is also employed at Bethany as the Director of Information Technology Operations, reside in Bethany with their Yorkies, Sofi and Moe, a mixed-breed dog, Ivan, named for the hurricane that brought him to live with them, and a small gray cat named Lola. In her leisure time, Kathy prefers to spend time working in the yard, relaxing around the firepit with friends, taking long walks, or expanding her ever-growing collection of flamingoes.

In addition to serving as Program Director and Chair of the Social Work Department, Professor Shelek-Furbee also serves as Faculty Advisor for the Kalon Scholar Service Leaders and co-advisor of the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity. She initiated and serves as editor for the Faculty Spotlight articles that appear in weekly editions of the Tower, the school newspaper, and the President’s Old Main Journal, and highlight continuing education, professional development, and research efforts of Bethany College faculty members.