Kimberly McFarlin, MSSA, MNO

Assistant Dean of Student Services and Career Planning
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Kimberly McFarlin, MSSA, LISW, MNO is a Clinical Instructor and the Assistant Dean of Student Services and Career Planning at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences at Case Western Reserve University and a licensed independent social worker (LISW).  She is responsible for strategic oversight, management and administration of the Office of Student Services and Career Planning.  Ms. McFarlin is deeply committed to facilitating a collaborative, student-centered learning environment to promote student success and retention.  She also serves as an integral member of the Associate Dean’s leadership team and represents student affairs concerns on faculty committees and in other parts of the university.  

Under the collaborative leadership of Ms. McFarlin, the Mandel School instituted student retention strategies such as the hybrid online/in-person orientation experience for new students entering the Mandel School, the Townhall Tuesday program which provides an ongoing forum for all Mandel School students to actively engage with school leaders and other campus partners and SPOT Check Program, a student retention strategy to proactively report and track progress of students through the semester.  

Ms. McFarlin has nearly 20 years of leadership experience in a blended approach of clinical and community practice settings.  Her areas of focus include creating homeless programs for women and children, leading health prevention initiatives, strategic management of nonprofit organizations, initiating fundraising efforts to build organizational capacity and programming, and supporting community development in neighborhood organizations.  Ms. McFarlin has completed certificate and training programs in diversity and inclusion, emotional intelligence, women in leadership and sustained dialogue. She brings extensive experience with students, especially international students and programming, serving previously as a Field Faculty Advisor and the Director of International Affairs at Mandel School.  Ms. McFarlin serves as the Faculty Advisor for the LINK (Local InterNational Konnection) student group and lead instructor for the Spoken English and International Support Seminar at the Mandel School.  Ms. McFarlin continues to work closely with local and international groups focused on global social issues. 

Courses Taught

  • SASS 495 Field Education Seminar 
  • SASS 601 Field Education 
  • SASS 602 Field Education 
  • SASS 603 Field Education 
  • SASS 604 Field Education 
  • SASS 501 Nonprofit Practicum
  • CPT (Clinical Practical Training) 
  • Non-Credit: Spoken English and International Student Support Seminar - Mandel School


Weatherhead Executive Leadership Certificate, Case Western Reserve University

Master of Social Science Administration (MSSA), Case Western Reserve University

Master of Nonprofit Management (MNO), Case Western Reserve University

Bachelor of Social Work, Bradley University