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Sarah S. Andrews, MSSA, MA, LISW-S

Senior Instructor and Director of Social Work

MSSA, Case Western Reserve University
MA, The University of Akron
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel
School of Applied Social Sciences
Case Western Reserve University
11235 Bellflower Road
Cleveland, OH 44106-7164
Room 206


Sarah S. Andrews, LISW-S, Senior Instructor, completed the MSSA in Direct Practice at the Mandel School and advanced to candidacy for the PhD in Social Welfare.  She previously earned MA in Family Development from The University of Akron and is a certified trainer through the Ohio Department of Health. She has been on the full-time faculty for 21 years, serving as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs from 2004 to 2015.

She won the 2015 Ohio School Social Work Association (OSSWS) Friend of School Social Work Award and has twice been the recipient of the MSASS Outstanding Teacher Award.   She’s completed a fellowship with the Ethics Institute at the Center for Professional Ethics, CWRU, and a teaching fellowship with the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE).  She is currently completing the year-long program Train the (Diversity) Champion through the Office of the Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equal Opportunity at CWRU.
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“Sarah Andrews’ class added a depth to my therapeutic skills that I will be forever grateful for. Her sensitivity and meticulous expectation for working with hurting, bereaved people were amazing. Sarah change my life. I now know that I am a better social worker than I was before and will continue to aspire to be for the best of my clients and profession.” – Rosa Nance, MSSA 2014

Course List

  • SASS 440: Human Development, Child and Adolescent
  • SASS 441: Human Development, Adult
  • SASS 518: Social Work with Death, Grief, and Loss

Affiliations and Activities

  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Midwest School Social Work Association
  • Ohio School Social Work Association (OSSWA)
  • Association for Death Education and Counseling  (ADEC)

Scholarly Interests

  • Loss, grief, and bereavement
  • Women’s issues in social work practice
  • Family systems theory
  • Spiritually-sensitive social work practice
  • LGBT issues, specifically adolescents and elders

Why I Chose This Profession

I was raised with a faith perspective that focused on social justice issues.  Later activist involvement for civil rights and activism for women and LGBT sharpened my understanding of and commitment to the multiple issues of social justice that concern us in social work practice today.