Jenifer A. Norton

Jenifer A. Norton, MSW

  • Director of Online MSW Program

Affiliated Programs


  • MSW, Social Work (2013)
    Widener University (PA)

About Me

I am thrilled to be a full-time member of Widener University's Center for Social Work Education. As a former graduate student in the MSW program and an adjunct professor with the center, I have had the privilege of getting to know the program on multiple levels. I can attest to the fact that the center is composed of faculty, staff, and administrators who live and breathe its motto, "Building Relationships. Changing Lives."

As the MSW director for online programs, I want to ensure that the center's motto extends to our students in the online MSW program. The center prides itself on the community it has built among the traditional students in the program. My goal is to foster a sense of community and connectedness among our online students and educators. I am grateful for the experiences that I had as a student in the center's MSW program, and I want our online students to graduate from the online MSW program with the same rich learning experiences that I enjoyed.

Research Interests

My research interests revolve around changing our country's current response to poverty and impoverished individuals through social work education, research, and policy.


  • Chambliss, C., Hartl, A. C., Norton, J., & Giroux, M. (2017). Chapter 11: Cultural casualties case study: Changing family roles may increase risk of depression. In C. Chambliss & A. M. Hartl (Eds.), Empathy rules: Depression, schadenfreude and freudenfreude research on depression risk factors and treatment (pp. 255-262). New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers. 

  • Houser, L., Vartanian, T., & Norton, J. (2014). Socially insuring family leave: The relationship between public policy, paid family leave, and economic well-being. Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Annual Fall Research Conference.

  • Chambliss, C., Fernandez, B., Norton, J., et al. (2009). Chapter 6: Family attitudes among young adults with consistently full-time employed, part-time employed, and non-employed mothers. In C. Chambliss (Ed.), Maternal employment: Marvel or menace - the views of children, young adults, and parents (pp. 151-175). New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)