Saint Martin's University

Katya Shkurkin

Dr. Katya Shkurkin, Director, associate professor, community services, social work

Position/Discipline: director and professor, community services, social work

Contact information
Office location: Old Main 305A
Phone: 360-438-4385
Email: kshkurkin@stmartin.edu


Dr. Shkurkin has over thirty years in the social work profession, with over twenty of those years teaching social workers and psychologists. She has worked in direct clinical services since 1979, with experience in administration, program direction, and training human service professionals. She was involved as a field instructor of ten years with the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Social Work, as well as teaching introductory social work classes.

At Saint Martin's University, Dr. Shkurkin worked within the community service program, which was a social work curriculum, and patterned the curriculum after the CSWE competencies and requirements. During the past thirteen years at Saint Martin's, Dr. Shkurkin has taught and mentored hundreds of students who entered the field of social work and psychology.


Accomplishments: Dr. Shkurkin was honored with a Fulbright Teaching grant to Riga Latvia, where she taught at the Attistiba School of Social Work from August through December of 2004. There she was also involved in assisting with the development of an international social work concentration between the schools of social work in Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.

Most recently, Dr. Shkurkin developed and presented the proposal for adding the BSW to Saint Martin's and has shepherded this proposal successfully through all of the committees and the Board of Trustees.

Bachelor Program Directors (BPD) of the Council on Social Work Education, www.cswe.org.

Professional/personal interests: Dr. Shkurkin enjoys organic gardening, cooking, music, and entertaining with her family, and taking long walks with family and Mila, her Standard poodle.

Education: B.A., Social welfare, University of California, Berkeley; M.S.W., Columbia University; Ph.D., Psychology, California Coast University

Licenses: ACSW, LCSW

Associations: National Association of Social Workers, www.socialworkers.org