Saint Louis University

Stephen Wernet, PhD

Professor of Social Work


Research Interests: Political economy of human services; Organizational change and adaptation of nonprofit organizations; Restructuring of nonprofit organizations; Financial adaptation of nonprofit organizations; Decision making among nonprofit executives; Industrial dynamics and human service industries; Mergers and acquisitions among nonprofit social service organizations; Joint ventures among nonprofit social service organizations ; Venture Grant and Social Entrepreneurship among nonprofit organizations; Web-based delivery of professional education

Teaching Areas: Organization theory; Social work administration; Nonprofit organization management; Evaluation research; Voluntary associations; Social movements; Community theory

Education History: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
MSW, University of Connecticut
MEd, Guidance and Psychological Services, Springfield College
BA, Psychology, Manhattan College

Community and Professional Service: Past President, Association for Community Organization and Social Administration (ACOSA)
Chair, Evaluation Subcommittee, Community Outreach and Information Management Committee, United Way of Greater Saint Louis
Vice-Chair, Broad-Range and Neighborhood-based Services Panel, Community Investment Committee, United Way of Greater Saint Louis
Certified Site Visitor, Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Tegeler Hall, 307

(314) 977-2714


Stephen P. Wernet is a nationally recognized authority in the field of nonprofit and social work administration. His research program focuses on organizational restructuring through mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures, and strategic alliances as well as web-enhanced and distributed learning in higher education.

He has extensive consulting experience with nonprofit and community based organizations. He is recognized and sought for his expertise in the areas of outcome assessment, programmatic and organizational benchmarking, quality management, operational management assessment and operational planning.

Professor Wernet has authored numerous articles and papers on nonprofit organizations, social work administration and distributed learning. Professor Wernet recently completed an edited book, Managed Care in Human Service (Lyceum Books, Inc. 1999) and coauthored Cases in Macro Social Work Practice, Second Edition. (Allyn and Bacon, Inc. 2004) with David P. Fauri and F. Ellen Netting.

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