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Virginia (Ginger) Lucas, (she/her)


Clinical Assistant Professor

Room: 414 Social Work Building
Phone: 713-743-8399

Current Curriculum Vitae

Personal Statement

As a social worker, I believe one of our major responsibilities is to help people gain access to necessary resources, including education. Today's climate makes obtaining an advanced degree in a traditional way a challenge because of work hours, expenses, or location. For the last fifteen years, I have taught social work courses online and this cutting edge approach to education has allowed me to partner with active duty military, helping them obtain college credits while they were deployed all over the world.  One of the major advantages of online education is improved access to educational opportunities and I am excited to be at the forefront of distance learning at the University of Houston, as we expand our global footprint by providing accessible education alternatives to future Social Workers.


MSW, University of Texas in Austin, 1998
BS, Psychology, Texas A&M University, 1996

Licenses & Certifications

Licensed Master Social Worker

Areas of Specialization

  • Social Work Curriculum Development
  • Online Course and Program Development
  • Administration, Planning and Program Coordination
  • Community Education in issues related to Public Health including Teen Pregnancy, STD Prevention, HIV awareness, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Courses Taught

  • Advanced Social Policy Analysis
  • Social Work Practice Skills
  • Policy in the Social Environment
  • Social Work Assessment
  • Human Diversity and Development
  • Social Welfare Policies and Services
  • Foundations of the Social Work Profession
  • Social Work Practice with Groups in Clinical Settings