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Jamie Tester, J.D., MSW

Jamie Tester
  • Assistant Professor
  • Social Work

Jamie has been in the field of social work for approximately 10 years in both non-profit and government settings. Her practice areas have included direct practice with juveniles and at risk families, policy development and analysis, and within the court system with children and families impacted by allegations of abuse and neglect or extreme custody disputes.
When not teaching, Jamie enjoys spending time with friends, family and her dogs. She loves traveling, from a simple road trip to flying around the world. She appreciates being outdoors, good food and laughing.

Teaching Interests
  • SW 100 Introduction to Social Welfare
  • SW 383 Social Welfare Policy 
  • SW 385 Child Welfare 
  • SW 481 Field Placement

As the Field Director, Jamie works with social work students to help them identify the areas of social work practice they are interested in and current placement settings that will challenge them to think outside the box. Jamie coordinates opportunities to bring community social workers to campus to provide panel discussions in order to expose students to different areas of practice. Jamie works closely with community agencies and university partners to develop internship opportunities for UWEC social work students that will prepare them for the profession of social work upon graduation. Each year, Jamie works closely with the 6-10 students who complete their internship requirement by spending a semester with the department's partners in South Africa (fall) and Costa Rica (spring). / / In addition, Jamie primarily teaches Introduction to Social Work, Social Welfare Policy, Field Placement, and Child Welfare. By teaching this combination of courses, it allows Jamie the opportunity to interact with UWEC social work students all along their educational journey to social work practice.

  • J.D., Hamline University School of Law
  • MSW, University of Minnesota-Duluth 
  • B.A., College of Saint Scholastica-Duluth
  • Advocacy and Problem Solving Certification