Social Work Department

Shirley Sharp


M.S.W., Smith College


Shirley has been a member of the social work faculty, full-time and part-time, since 1977. She is director of field education in the undergraduate program and teaches foundation BSW courses.

Before teaching at Nazareth, Shirley practiced social work in varied settings, from family service to residential treatment. She consults in the community for several agencies and the Best Practices Partnership, where she offers training in interactive supervision. Shirley continues to train and facilitate a sexuality education program for parents for the Family Resource Centers of Crestwood Children's Center.

Family Talk Series at Monroe County Correctional Facility

Professors Mark Primus and Shirley Sharp facilitate the "Family Talk Series" at the Monroe County Correctional Facility. The curriculum encourages parents to be the primary sexuality educators of the children in their lives, such as their children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Professor Sharp began facilitating the series over a decade ago and welcomed the opportunity to partner with Professor Primus due to his expertise in fathering.

The pair holds several all-male and all-female workshops annually for interested Monroe County Correctional Facility participants. Parents find these workshops especially helpful in becoming more confident and comfortable in discussing their children's developing sexuality.

Contact Information

Shirley A. Sharp

Shirley A. Sharp

Clinical Associate Professor/ Director of Field Education BSW Program in Social Work
Smyth Hall 381A