Terri Klemm

Associate Professor of Social Work
BSW Program Director
Phone: ext. 2346
Email: klemmt@centenarycollege.edu

Academic Accomplishments

  • Bachelor of Arts degree, University of Delaware (1982)
  • Master of Social Work degree, Rutgers University (1987)
  • Professional Licensure/Certifications:
    • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of NJ (1994)
    • Trauma Response and Crisis Intervention Certificate, Rutgers University (2011)
    • Clinical Social Work Supervision Certificate, NASW-NJ (2008)
    • Disaster Response Crisis Counselor Certificate, State of NJ (2007)
    • School Social Work Certificate, State of NJ (1992)


Terri Klemm, Associate Professor of Social Work (tenured), was honored with the Distinguished Teaching Award at Centenary College in 2009.  She primarily teaches the Human Behavior in the Social Environment and Social Welfare Policy course sequences.  Professor Klemm helped to establish Centenary’s Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Program, which has earned national accreditation from the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).  She originally served as the program’s Director of Field Education and is now BSW Program Director. 

Professor Klemm chaired Centenary’s Presidential Task Force on Inclusion in 2011-2012.  She has been faculty advisor to several student organizations including the NAACP Student Chapter and the Social Work Club.  She founded and currently advises Centenary’s chapter of Phi Alpha, the international honor society for social work.  She is also the Campus Academic Coordinator for the NJ Baccalaureate Child Welfare Education Program (BCWEP), which awards traineeships to selected social work students who have an interest in working for NJ’s Division of Child Protection & Permanency (formerly known as DYFS).    

When she joined the faculty at Centenary in 2005, Professor Klemm brought 20 years of experience as a practitioner working with children, teens and their families in a variety of settings, including many years as a high school social worker.  Since she began teaching full-time, she has volunteered as a member of the Family Assistance Support Team in the Emergency Department at a regional trauma center, and as a mental health clinician for a New York City organization that assists survivors of human rights abuses seeking asylum in the United States.

Professor Klemm has been a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) since 1985 and has been active in the NASW-NJ Chapter as Sussex/Warren County Chair, member of the Board of Directors, Political Action for Candidate Election (PACE) Board of Trustees representative and Chair of the Committee on Nominations and Leadership Identification.  She was appointed to the Warren County Mental Health Board in 2007, and currently serves as Vice Chair.  From 2010-2013, she served on the national Field Education Steering Committee for the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD). 

She routinely teaches continuing education workshops for social workers at the local and state level and presents on social work curriculum development and pedagogy at national conferences.

Terri Klemm