Human Service Studies - Faculty


Judith "Judy" Esposito, Associate Professor
Address: 2337 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
Phone #: (336) 278-6441
Office: Psychology & Human Service Studies 131E

  Dr. Esposito received her B.A. in English from St. Andrews Presbyterian College, her M.A. in school counseling from Appalachian State University and her Ph.D. in counselor education from Virginia Tech. She is a licensed professional counselor, has experience as a former school counselor and specializes in play therapy with children and families. Primary academic courses she teaches include Counseling Individuals and Families, Play Therapy and a few sections of the human service studies practicum/internship.

Dr. Esposito’s research interests include play therapy in the school setting, clinical supervision, alternative approaches to teaching helping skills and service-learning abroad. With that in mind, she has an extensive background in travel abroad, including destinations such as Scandinavia, Central America, the Northern Pacific Islands and a semester in China. While at Elon, Esposito co-led the Guatemala study abroad course twice in addition to developing and co-leading the Guam study abroad course that takes place during Winter Term.


Cynthia Fair, Professor
Address: 2337 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
Phone: (336) 278-6457
Office: Psychology & Human Service Studies 131D

  Dr. Fair received her B.A. in psychology from Davidson College. She completed her Master of Social Work, Master of Public Health and Doctorate of Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a licensed clinical social worker whose clinical specialty is families living with chronic illness, specifically HIV. Her research interests include HIV-infected and affected families, service-learning with children and research-related pedagogy.

Dr. Fair teaches courses within the human service studies major including Introduction to Human Services, Senior Seminar and Research Methods, and teaches outside the major in the Elon College Fellows program. In 2008, she received the Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences, Excellence in Teaching Award.

Pamela Kiser, Professor
Address: 2337 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
Phone: (336) 278-6459
Office: Psychology & Human Service Studies 129E

  Professor Kiser, a member of the Elon faculty since 1981, has served as the Kernodle Center Service-Learning Faculty Development Fellow, Faculty Scholar in the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, and in numerous other important capacities, including many years as the human services department chair and as chair of the service-learning faculty advisory committee. She provided leadership to create a standard definition for service-learning at Elon; developed a service-learning faculty handbook; raised funds to support faculty scholars and course development; and guided the creation of the Social Entrepreneurship Scholars program.

Her scholarship focuses primarily on experiential learning, internships and service-learning. She has received the Daniels-Danieley Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2007 and the Robert L. Sigmon Service-Learning Award from North Carolina Campus Compact in 2009 for her dedication to the practice of service-learning in higher education.


Phil Miller, Lecturer
Address: 2337 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
Phone #: (336) 278-6406
Office: Psychology & Human Service Studies 129B

  Professor Miller is a licensed clinical social worker with 15 years of social work experience. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Master of Social Work degree, concentrating in mental health and specializing in family therapy. He is passionate about marriage and achieved the status of a certified Gottman marital therapist from the internationally acclaimed Gottman Institute in Seattle, Wash. He spent eight years as an active-duty officer in the United States Air Force while working as a clinical social worker, and he lived in Japan for three years. Professor Miller has extensive experience working with varied client groups ranging from children to the elderly, as well as living and working in unique settings such as rural Appalachia and the inner city.


Sandra Reid, Lecturer
Address: 2337 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
Phone #: (336) 278-6460
Office: Psychology & Human Service Studies 129C

  Professor Reid received a B.A. degree in human services and psychology from Elon College and a M.A. degree in counseling from North Carolina Central University. Upon graduation, she worked for the Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for more than 20 years. While working for the department she worked as a court counselor, chief court counselor and an area administrator. During this time she had the opportunity to work directly with children and families who were experiencing many different challenges and she also worked on relevant juvenile justice policies and procedures.

Currently, Professor Reid teaches various human service studies courses and electives such as Criminal Justice, Juvenile Justice and a course on the African-American family. She is passionate about juvenile justice policies and is currently a member of the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission and the chair of the Juvenile Justice Planning Committee.


Beth Warner, Associate Professor
2337 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
Phone #: (336) 278-6464
Office: Psychology & Human Service Studies 129D

  Dr. Warner teaches in the areas of poverty, social welfare policy and social change. She has previously worked as a social worker with homeless and low-income women and children. Her research is in the areas of civic engagement, social change and empowerment of marginalized populations. She received a B.A. degree in social work from Malone University, a master’s degree in public administration and a doctorate in urban studies and public affairs from the University of Akron. She was the 2007 recipient of the Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences, Excellence in Service/Leadership Award.


Bud Warner, Associate Professor and Department Chair
2337 Campus Box, Elon, NC 27244
Phone #: (336) 278-6407
Office: Psychology & Human Service Studies 131C

  Dr. Warner received his B. A. in psychology from Malone University, did graduate work in developmental psychology at the University of Akron, and earned his M.S.S.A. and Ph.D. in social welfare administration from Case Western Reserve University. He has worked as a practitioner and administrator in child welfare, juvenile justice and family counseling. His primary teaching areas are in program design and assessment, research methods and Elon's first-year core course, The Global Experience. His current research focuses on human services education, general education and service-learning. Dr. Warner has traveled extensively, visiting more than 50 countries, including teaching and living in Moscow, Russia, and leading study abroad programs in that coun