Teaching • Online Learning

Higher Education &

Online Learning

Dr. David Kilmnick has over 25 years experience teaching undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students in the areas of social work practice with a specialization in communities, organizations, administration, advocacy, diversity, human rights and social change.

With more than 18 years’ experience in distance education and online learning, Dr. David Kilmnick was well prepared to teach and help Universities adapt to online learning when COVID-19 forced all classes to move to remote instruction in 2020. He has been on the forefront of distance and online learning designing curriculum using a variety of learning management systems and building and implementing best practices for distance education

Dr. Kilmnick currently serves as the Online Master of Social Work (MSW) Program Chair and Assistant Professor of Instruction in the School of Social Work at the University of South Florida.

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching and pedagogical approach is based upon the social work principles and core values of social justice, dignity and worth of the person, human relationships, integrity, professional competence, human rights and scientific inquiry. These values strengthen the teaching of and the social work profession’s commitment to respect for all people and the quest to achieve social and economic justice in our institutions, organizations and communities.

I use a collaborative learning and teaching approach in the classroom, that brings to life the social work theories and practice skills needed to achieve the core values of the social work profession. Modeling community practice skills, I create a classroom environment that builds upon existing student knowledge, experiences, and intersecting social identities to support and challenge students to push their learning, fostering the development of critical thinking and concrete change strategies. While I specialize in social work macro practice, I feel strongly that students must be capable of bridging their micro, mezzo, and macro skills to use within and across various social contexts.

bell hooks in Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom stated, “as a classroom community, our capacity to generate excitement is deeply affected by our interest in one another, in hearing one another’s voices, in recognizing one another’s presence.” Graduate students are adult learners who are also working social work professionals, and as such I prioritize honoring their prior knowledge and experience. Their contributions to the class are vital, and I make every effort to create an environment that encourages students to share their perspectives and ideas with each other that help to shape the tenor of the course.

Learning, practicing, and reflecting upon these skills in the classroom frame my social work pedagogy and I believe lie at the heart of social justice education and the social work profession.

University Teaching & Service

Courses Taught

A sample of courses that Dr. Kilmnick has taught include:
Masters of Social Work (MSW) and Bachelors of Social Work (BSW)

  • Social Work Practice with Organizations and Communities (MSW and BSW)
  • Advanced Integrated Practice with Organizations and Communities (MSW)
  • Grant Writing, Fundraising, Marketing and Contracting (MSW)
  • Field Instruction I and III (MSW and BSW)
  • Supervision and Staff Development (MSW)
  • Program Development and Administration (MSW)
  • Organizational Nonprofit Management (MSW)
  • Advanced Macro Practice I and II (MSW)
  • Advocacy in Social Work Practice (MSW)
  • Human Sexual Attitudes, Behavior, and Society (MSW)
  • Diversity and Human Rights (MSW)
  • Issues in Social Welfare II: Inequality, Inequity, and Social Justice (MSW)
  • Social Work with Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender Persons (MSW)
  • Organizational Context for Professional Practice (MSW)
  • Contemporary Social Work: An Integrative Approach (MSW)