Lisa Borchardt, LCSW

Faculty/Staff profile

Associate Professor of Social Work
(402) 465-2422
Smith-Curtis 140D

Ms. Borchardt began teaching in the Sociology/Anthropology/Social Work department as an adjunct instructor at Nebraska Wesleyan University in the Spring 2000 semester. She was hired as an Assistant Professor & Field Director of Social Work at Nebraska Wesleyan University in August 2002. Since then she has become a tenured faculty member and promoted to Associate Professor of Social Work. In 2009 she was named Program Director of the Social Work Program. The Social Work Program became its own Department in Spring 2011. Lisa served as the Department Chair from the Department's inception until fall 2013. She also serves as teaching faculty in the Gender Studies Department at Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Lisa’s practice and research interests include; Loss, Grief & Death, Disaster Mental Health & Crisis Response, Child Abuse, Child Protection & Safety, Diversity Issues, Domestic Violence, and Prevention Programs. She has spent 21 years in the field as a social worker advocating, empowering and educating individuals in various roles (Case Manager, Counselor, Psychotherapist, Program Director & Training Coordinator).

Professor Borchardt has traveled to Canada, Singapore and Thailand to study teaching strategies, techniques and program assessments of poverty alleviation projects. She has received funding through the Ameritas Faculty Fellowship, White International Funds and Faculty Development Grants. Her current focus is researching loss and grief. Lisa has studied with Dr. Alan Wolfelt at his Center for Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, CO.


Lisa Borchardt, MSW, LMHP, LCSW
M.S.W., University of Denver, 1997
B.S., Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1992
Licensed Mental Health Practitioner, State of Nebraska, 2000-present
Certified Master Social Worker, State of Nebraska, 2000-present

Teaching philosophy: 

"As an educator, it is imperative that I understand that students learn at different rates and that it is my job to effectively reach each student by utilizing a variety of teaching techniques and modalities in the classroom. It is important that students understand that it is okay to agree to disagree and that all comments are valued and respected. We can learn from each other and grow intellectually, professionally, and personally by integrating life experiences, knowledge, and skills into the classroom experience."

Courses taught: 

SOCWK 015 Introduction to Social Work
SOCWK 135 Family Violence Across the Lifespan
SOCWK 190 Living.Loving.Losing.
SOCWK 208 Group Practice
SOCWK 210 Micro Practice
SOCWK 290 Loss, Grief & Death
SOCWK 291 Independent Advanced Readings
SOCWK 296 Special Projects
SOCWK 297 Field Practicum

SOC 004 Social Problems
SOC 120 Sociology of the Family
SOC 206 Group Dynamics

IDS: LAS: Celebrating Life and Preparing for Loss

Research and academic interests: 

Campus Involvement:

*Academic Planning Committee, 2012-2013
*Vice President, Faculty Affairs Committee, 2011-2013
*Board of Governors, 2011-2013
*Faculty Council, 2011-2013
*Strategic Planning & Priorities Committee, 2011-2013
*Campus Search Committees: Provost (2007-2008 & 2003-2004), Dean of Students (2008-2009), Social Work (2012 & Chaired 2010), Sociology (2004, 2005 & 2006) & Psychology (2004-2005)
*Student Affairs Senate, Faculty Representative, 2007-2008
*Faculty Affairs Committee, 2005-2007 (secretary 2006)
*President's Commission on Women, 2005-2008
*Faculty member, Gender Studies Department, 2004-present
*President's Council on Cultural Diversity, 2004-2009
*University Judiciary, 2003-2007
*Social Work Advisory Council, 2002-present
*Social Work Executive Council, 2002-present
*Campus Resource Person: Sexual Assault, Sexual Orientation & Sexual Harassment, 2002-present
*Academic Advisor, 2002-present

Service interests: 

Volunteer, Mourning Hope Grief Center, 2010- present
Presenter, Nebraska Safety Council, 2010-present
Board Member, Tri-Mentoring Advisory Board, Lincoln Public Schools, 2009-2010
Board Member, Nebraska State Foster Care Review Board, 2007-2010, (Appointed by Governor Heineman)
Task Force Member, Nebraska Child Death Review Task Force, 2006-2007, (Appointed by Governor Johanns)

Professional and community affiliations, certifications and awards: 

Social Worker of the Year, SE Region, 2009, National Association of Social Workers, Nebraska Chapter
Advocate of Women's Issues Award, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 2010
Advocate for Diversity Award, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 2010 & 2003

Member, Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society, Iota Rho Chapter, 2012-present
Member, Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society, Nebraska Wesleyan University, 2007-present
Member, Phi Alpha National Honor Society, Iota Zeta Chapter, 2002-present
Member, Council on Social Work Education, 2002-present
Member, Baccalaureate Program Directors, 2002-present
Member, National Association of Social Workers, 1998-present