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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


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