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About Simon Funge

Originally from England, I grew up in southern California. Prior to receiving my MSW, I provided counseling and coordinated a psychosocial rehabilitation program providing support to community members living with a mental illness who were either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. And, as a professional social worker, I worked for a national human relations organization conducting a variety of advocacy, conflict resolution, and education programs aimed at promoting more inclusive communities. I also have experience in community development and working with paroled juvenile sex offenders.
Prior to joining WKU, I taught both graduate and undergraduate social work courses for 10 years in the School of Social Work at CSULB.
I am the faculty advisor for the Social Work Student Union at WKU-Glasgow (SWSU@G) and am presently working with my colleagues and several students to create a week-long educational travel program that will focus on the unique social, political, economic, and environmental characteristics of Kentucky.


Present Assistant Professor, Western Kentucky University Social Work

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • • CSU Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program recipient
  • • UCLA Summer Research Mentorship Grant
  • • UCLA School of Public Affairs Advisory Board stipend
  • • Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) – Applied Social Issues Internship


  • SWRK 101: Foundations of Human Services
  • SWRK 205: Introduction to Social Work
  • SWRK 330 & 331: Human Behavior in the Social Environment I and II
  • SWRK 345: Social Work Research Methods
  • SWRK 375: Social Work Practice I (Individuals)
  • SWRK 381: Social Work Practice III (Communities and Institutions)
  • SWRK 481 & 483: Field Seminar I and II


2013 PhD Social Welfare, University of California - Los Angeles
1998 Master of Social Work, California State University, Long Beach
1992 B.A. Psychology, University of California, Irvine

Contact Information

500 Hilltopper Way #205, Glasgow, KY 42141