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Porter Jennings-McGarity

Porter Jennings-McGarity

Adjunct Faculty

Social Work

“As an educator, the most exciting part of my job is preparing the next generation of social workers and advancing social justice through teaching, community involvement, and scholarship.” Dr. Jennings-McGarity on what she enjoys most about teaching higher education
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work - The University of Georgia
  • Master of Social Work - The University of Georgia
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Sewanee: The University of the South

Clinical social worker, advocate for social justice

  • ACEs
  • Trauma
  • Latinx
  • Criminal justice
  • Child welfare


  1. Villarreal-Otalora, T., Jennings, P. F., & Mowbray, O. (2018). Clinical interventions to reduce suicidal behaviors in Hispanic youth: A scoping review. Research on Social Work Practice. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731519832100
  1. Bae, J., Jennings, P. F., Hardeman, C. P., Kim, E., Lee, M., Littleton, T., & Saasa, S. (2019). Compassion Satisfaction Among Social Work Practitioners: The Role of Work–Life Balance. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/01488376.2019.1566195
  1. Holosko, M. J., Jennings, P. F., & McGarity, S. V. (2018). Asian scholarship in selected journals related to Chinese older people. China Journal of Social Work11(3), 269-278. https://doi.org/10.1080/17525098.2018.1551183
  1. Mowbray, O., Jennings, P. F., Littleton, T., Grinnell-Davis, C., & O’Shields, J. (2018). Caregiver depression and trajectories of behavioral health among child welfare involved youth. Child Abuse and Neglect, 79, 445-453. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.03.001
  1. Matthew, R. A., Willms, L., Voravudhi, A., Smithwick, J., Jennings, P. F., & Machado-Escudero, Y. (2017). Advocates for community health and social justice: A case example of a multisystemicpromotores organization in South Carolina. Journal of Community Practice, 25(3-4), 344-364. https://doi.org/10.1080/10705422.2017.1359720
  1. McPherson, J., Jennings, P. F, Arnold, B., Littleton, T., & Lee, M. (2019). Creating global scholars. Experiential learning and reflection transform an international conference into a short-term study abroad. Manuscript submitted for publication.
  1. Villarreal-Otalora, T., & Jennings, P.F. (2019). Working with immigrant children and their families: Considerations for social service practitioners. Manuscript submitted for publication.

Book Chapters

  1. McGarity, S. V., Holosko, M. J., & Jennings, P. F. (2018). Financial literacy and social work. In Oxford Bibliographies. New York, NY: Oxford Press. doi:10.1093/OBO/9780195389678-0264
  1. Jennings, P. F., & Gitlin, A. (2019). Critical classroom dialogue: Combating the spread of authoritarianism in schools. In ReinventingTeacher Education: Challenges for Our Troubled Times.Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.