Ms. Jessica Mendel

Assistant Professor of Social Work

B.A. Beloit College; M.A. University of Wisconsin; M.A. University of Cincinnati

Jessica Mendel began her education at Beloit College, where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature.  She then went on to the University of Wisconsin to receive a Master’s Degree in Special Education.  During this time, she began to study the societal barriers which limited the success of her students.  This drove her to obtain her second Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Cincinnati.  After practicing psychotherapy at various community mental health agencies, she came to Buena Vista University to teach effective and ethical social work practice.  In addition to core social work classes such as Practice I & II, and Modern Social Problems, Jessica is also the field director for all student interns.  Her areas of specialty/focus are mental health (particularly women and LGBT issues) and social justice.


Social Work


Modern Social Problems, Field Observation, Human Behavior & the Social Environment, Intersectionality: Oppression, Privilege, & Justice, Practice I, Practice II, Practicum Readiness, Senior Practicum and Senior Seminar