Dr. James Petrovich is joining Carroll College as the Founding Master of Social Work Program Director from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. At TCU, he served as an associate professor with tenure and department chair in the Department of Social Work. James obtained his Bachelor of Social Work from Mississippi College in 2000, his Master of Social Work from New York University in 2003, and his Ph.D. in Social Work in 2009. James’ main area of research is homelessness with special interest in veterans experiencing homelessness, unsheltered homelessness, and non-traditional approaches to housing people experiencing homelessness. His dissertation study, examining veteran and non-veteran use of emergency shelter services, was funded by a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Pre-Doctoral Social Work Research Fellowship. James has published in a number of well-regarded peer-reviewed journals and presented his research at professional conferences across the nation. A community-based scholar, James has completed funded and pro-bono program evaluation projects for the Cities of Dallas, Fort Worth, and Arlington, Texas. He has also evaluated services provided by homeless assistance organizations such as Catholic Charities Diocese of Fort Worth, The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, DRC Solutions to End Homelessness and more. A social worker for nearly 20 years, James is committed to training and educating competent and ethical social workers to address serious social problems. He previously lived in Montana in 1990 when he worked as a wilderness guide at the Wilderness Treatment Center in Wilsall, Montana. He has always hoped to return to Montana and he is thrilled to be returning to direct Carroll College’s new Master of Social Work program.