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Karen Mallory Waters

Associate Professor of Social Work

Karen Mallory Waters
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Briggs
Room: 325
Phone: 313-993-1103
Karen Mallory Waters


  • Ph.D., Wayne State University
  • MSW, University of Michigan
  • B.A., Michigan State University


Associate Professor of Social Work, Waters teaches courses in social work practice methods and the senior seminar. She has more than 20 years of social work practice experience in clinical and administrative positions. Her research area is student engagement and retention in higher education. Currently, Waters serves as coordinator of field education for the Social Work program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Michigan State University, a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan and a doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies from Wayne State University. Waters taught at Wayne State University before joining Detroit Mercy in 1995.
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