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College of Social Work

Faculty and Staff

Susan Parlier, Ph.D., LMSW, ACSW

Title: Clinical Assistant Professor
College of Social Work
Phone: 803-777-1384
Office: Hamilton 129
Resources: Curriculum Vitae
Susan Parlier


Professor Susan Parlier joined the faculty of the College of Social Work in 2007. She started at the college as the coordinator of the Bachelor of Social Work program and social work minor as well as a clinical instructor. Prior to joining the University of South Carolina, Parlier was a faculty member of the BSW program at Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C.

Upon her arrival at the College of Social Work, Parlier was responsible for creating the BSW program, which was launched in 2009, and the social work minor. During her seven years as BSW Coordinator, she led the development, implementation and maintenance of the general education requirements and undergraduate programs of study and navigated the program through the accreditation process. Parlier also implemented service-learning courses and modules and recruited and trained community agencies and personnel. She continues to develop technology tools, such as websites, e-portfolios and videos for classroom use and assignments.

Parlier is also a field liaison for BSW and Master of Social Work students. In 2014, she developed the West Metro Social Work Parish Initiative (now known as Communities Beyond Walls), which implemented MSW sites, BSW field placement and social work services within congregational settings and local communities. The purpose of the program is to determine student competencies and evidence of competent social work, and congregational-based interventions. 

Parlier also has 15 years of professional experience. She was executive director of Lexington (S.C.) Interfaith Community Services. She was also a social worker at clinical locations and youth organizations in Columbia and Charleston.

Parlier has been a board member of the South Carolina Christian Action Council since 2012. The organization advocates for social justice and fosters racial and cultural hearing and reconciliation. She was previously a board member for Prosperity Project, an after-school, preschool and mentoring program for children in low-income neighborhoods, and the Good Samaritan Clinic, a free clinic for Hispanic and Latino populations.

Parlier received a Master in Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Master of Arts in Religion from Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. She earned her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of South Carolina.