Shanel Bishop

Assistant Professor


Assistant Professor



School of Service and Leadership



Shanel Bishop joined Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU) in April 2017 and serves as a full-time faculty member in the non-residential MSW program. She earned her Bachelors in Psychology, Masters in Social Work, and Doctorate in Social Work. Dr. Bishop holds the license of Licensed Masters Clinical Social Worker (LMSW) and is a Certified School Social Worker. She has a specialization in Children, Youth, and Families and has worked in various settings including community mental health; public, private, and charter schools; residential treatment facilities; and a Christian community youth organization. Dr. Bishop has taught on the undergraduate and graduate levels at various universities. She also serves on various committees for IWU as well as the School Social Work Association of America (SSWAA).

Teaching Interests

Dr. Bishop has taught various social work courses including generalist and advanced individual (micro) practice; generalist and advanced family and group (mezzo) practice; culture and diversity in social work practice; mental health and psychopathology; assessment and diagnosis; systems analysis of social work practice; research and social work practice; social welfare, history, policy, and practice; and foundation as well as advanced field courses. At Indiana Wesleyan University, Dr. Bishop is Subject Matter Expert over the Clinical Courses. These classes include:

SWK 555: Social Work Practice I

SWK 556: Social Work Practice II

SWK 650: Mental Health and Psychopathology

SWK 655: Advanced Interpersonal Practice

SWK 656: Advanced Interpersonal Practice with Families/Groups



Dr. Bishop frequently presents to school personnel as well as at local, regional, and national conferences on topics related to the impact of mental health and education on school-aged youth, culture and diversity, self-care, as well as mindfulness and Christian social work practice. Her research interests include mental health and education, grief and trauma in schools, mindfulness and Christian social work practice, sports social work, and clinical practice in online higher education.

Indiana Wesleyan University
4201 S. Washington St.
Marion, IN 46953