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Brenda K. Miles, MSW

Brenda Miles BSW Program Director

Contact information

Education 121
1586 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1586
(970) 491-2314

Areas of Interest: Families and children, environmental issues and social welfare, management of non-profit organizations, and practice skills.

Grand Challenges for Social Work: Ensure healthy development for all youth; Create social responses to a changing environment; Achieve equal opportunity and justice


Brenda K. Miles, Instructor and BSW Program Director, joined the Colorado State University faculty in 1990. Ms. Miles received her MSSW from the University of Tennessee in 1977. She began working as a social worker with a bachelor’s degree in 1975. With over 37 years of experience, she has worked in the fields of developmental disabilities, learning problems, and families and children. Another area of interest has been in administration of social work agencies. She has been employed in child development, medical education, training and day activity for adults with developmental disabilities, and state and agency administration. Prior to coming to CSU, she was a faculty member at Vanderbilt University Medical School. At Colorado State University her teaching has included organizational practice, group practice, individual and family practice, developmental disabilities, practicums, and field seminars. Her interest in agency program development and administration has included serving on several agency boards. Most recently, she served on a task group to develop standards for school social workers for the state of Colorado, and is a member of the selection committee for awards for special education excellence in a local school district.

Degree Information

M.S.S.W., May 1977, Administration and Planning, University of Tennessee
B.A., May 1975, Psychology and Social Work, University of Tennessee at Martin

Academic Appointments

August 1990 - present: Instructor, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
August 1985 - August 1990: Associate in Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Professional post-baccalaureate and post-master's social work experience

July 2010 - present: BSW Program Director, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
August 2009 - June 2010: Acting BSW Program Director, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
August 1994 - May 1996: Assistant Director of Field Education, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
January 1991 - December 1992: Trainer, Fostering Families Institute, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
September 1985 - August 1990: Assistant Director, Child Development Center, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
September 1986 - June 1987: Consultant/Social Worker Supervisor, United Cerebral Palsy of Middle Tennessee, Nashville, TN
November 1977 - September 1985: Social Worker, Child Development Center, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN
July 1977 - October 1977: Contracted Services, Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Nashville, TN
May 1975 - May 1976: Social Worker, Easter Seal Habilitation and Training Center, Martin, TN
January 1975 - March 1975: Social Work Intern, Volunteer General Hospital, Martin, TN

Current professional, academic, community-related, and scientific memberships

The Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors

Community service responsibilities and activities for the last 3 years

Member, Poudre School District, Integrated Services selection committee for the Mary Hull Awards for special education; 2010, 2011, 2012
Member, Colorado State Department of Education, State Council for Educator Effectiveness, Other Licensed Personnel work group member

Professional presentations presented during the last 5 years

Boundaries in Working with Clients: Presented to staff at Project Self Sufficiency in Fort Collins, Colorado, October, 2012