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Bonnie Holiday, Ph.D.

Professor of Social Work
Poling Center
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Dr. Holiday married her husband David in 1978. They have two children, a daughter and a son. They also have two grandsons. Dr. Holiday is a member of Encounter Church in Jackson, Michigan and helps to run Encounter Church Counseling. Dr. Holiday is passionate about providing an educational experience for students to help them learn and grow their skills at becoming ethical, compassionate social workers.


  • Ph.D.: (Clinical Social Work) The Institution for Clinical Social Work in Chicago, 2017
  • M.S.W. : University of Michigan, 1991
  • B.S.: (Family Life Education) Eastern Michigan University, 1976


Dr. Holiday came to SAU in 2002 as a temporary faculty member. She had a large clinical practice in Jackson, Michigan. She planned to return to full-time clinical practice but after spending a year with the social work students decided to apply for the full-time faculty position. She has been full-time with SAU ever since. She still maintains a small clinical practice in Jackson. When not working, she can be found swimming either at home or at the local Y.

Memberships and Affiliations

National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Former Board Member, Michigan

North American Association of Christians in Social Work

Awards & Honors

SAU Teaching Excellence Award


Harold Darling Keeper of the Concept Award




Ph.D. Dissertation title, “What is the experience of therapists working with parent’s who have lost custody of their children involuntarily”

Recent Research

Self-Care for Social Workers
Ethics for Social Workers