Terri Klemm

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

Academic Accomplishments

  • Master of Social Work degree, Rutgers University
  • Bachelor of Arts degree, University of Delaware
  • Professional Licensure/Certifications:
    • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of NJ 
    • Disaster Response Crisis Counselor Certificate, State of NJ
    • Trauma Response and Crisis Intervention Certificate, Rutgers University
    • Clinical Social Work Supervision Certificate, NASW-NJ
    • School Social Work Certificate, State of NJ


Terri Klemm, tenured Associate Professor of Social Work, was honored with the Distinguished Teaching Award at Centenary College in 2009.  She currently teaches Human Behavior & the Social Environment I and II and Social Welfare Policy & Services I and II.  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. 

When she joined the faculty at Centenary in 2005, Professor Klemm brought 20 years of experience as a social work practitioner in a variety of settings, including many years of working with pregnant and parenting teens and, later, 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 provides assistance to survivors of human rights abuses who are seeking asylum in the United States. 

Professor Klemm convened a Study Group on Inclusion at Centenary and 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 also established Centenary’s participation in 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).     

She 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 serve on the state chapter’s Ethics Committee from 2013-2015.  She currently serves on the Advisory Committee of the NJ Social Work Continuing Education Approval Collaborative.  From 2010-2013, she served on the national Field Education Steering Committee for the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD).  At the local level, Professor Klemm was appointed to the Warren County Mental Health Board in 2007; she served as Vice Chair from 2011-2015. 

Professor Klemm regularly presents on social work curriculum development and pedagogy at national conferences, and teaches continuing education workshops for social workers at the state and local level. 

Professor Klemm has presented and/or co-presented Continuing Education workshops at Centenary College for area social workers on a wide range of topics, including: Human Rights and Social Work Ethics; Working with Millennials; Safety in the Field; Addressing Spirituality and Religion in Fieldwork Supervision; Affirmative Fieldwork Supervision with LGBT Students and Clients; Professional Self-Care; Mental Health Issues among College Students: Implications for Field Education; Core Competencies in Social Work Practice; and, Seminars in Field Instruction (The role of the field instructor; Orienting students; Effective supervision; Learning styles & stages; Integrating theory & practice; Ethical issues; Cultural competence; Effective feedback & evaluation). 

She has also presented and/or co-presented professional development workshops as an invited speaker at K-12 schools and social service agencies in the local community on a variety of topics, including: Developing Resiliency: The Strengths Perspective in Work with Families; “Cold Violence”: Understanding the Trauma of Poverty; Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying: The Impact on LGBTQ Students; Creating a Safe Space for LGBTQ Students; and, Disaster Mental Health.

Recent Publications

Klemm, T. (Accepted for October 2015).  Civics 101: Learning about
     democracy is not a spectator sport.  To be presented at the Council
     on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.

Loya, M. & Klemm, T. (March 2015). TED Talks: Ideas worth
     spreading across the social work curriculum.  Presented at
     the Annual Conference of Baccalaureate Social Work Program
     Directors, Kansas City, MO. 

Klemm, T. (Accepted 2014, November).  News literacy in social work
     education.  Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work.  

Loya, M. & Klemm, T. (Accepted 2014, May). Using TED Talks in the
     social work classroom: Encouraging student engagement and
     discourse. Journal of Social Work Education.  

Klemm, T. (2014, October). The ethics of gatekeeping: What field
     instructors need to know.  NASW-NJ FOCUS, 23 (5), 10-11. 

Klemm, T. (November 2013).  News literacy in social work education. 
     Presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual
     Program Meeting, Dallas, TX.

Klemm, T. (March 2013). Confessions of a public radio junkie: NPR
     assignments across the BSW curriculum. Presented at the Annual
     Conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work
     Program Directors, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Ellison, M., Klemm, T. & Bradley, J.  (March 2013).  Pre-conference
     workshop for new field directors: Evaluating field placements.  
     Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of
     Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Klemm, T. (November 2012). “Act locally”: Evolution of an academic
     service learning assignment to promote human rights.  Presented
     at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting,
     Washington, DC.

Klemm, T.  (May 2012). Generational diversity: Implications for social
     work practice.  Presented at the NASW-NJ Annual Meeting of the
     Profession, Atlantic City, NJ.

Klemm, T.  (March 2012). “News flash”: Developing students’ interest
     and critical thinking about current events.  Presented at the Annual
     Conference of the Association of Baccalaureate Social Work
     Program Directors, Portland, OR. 

Ellison, M., Klemm, T. & Bradley, J. (March 2012).  New field directors
     pre-conference workshop: Developing new field placements. 
     Presented at the Annual Conference of the Association of
     Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors, Portland, OR. 

Klemm, T. & Gibbons, M. (February 2012). Best practice in field
     instruction: Teaching self-care to mitigate secondary traumatic
     stress in child welfare work. Workforce Development training,
     NJ Department of Children and Families Training Academy,
     Trenton, NJ.

Terri Klemm