Ellen Sue Mesbur

Teaching areas:

Social work with groups, field education, social work with older adults and interpersonal and communication skills.

Research areas:

Field Education in Social Work; History of Social Group Work in Canada; Use of Technology in Teaching Social Group Work


  • Doctor of Education, University of Toronto, 1986
  • Master of Education, University of Toronto, 1978
  • Master of Social Work, University of Toronto, 1967
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto, 1965

Academic positions:

  • Director and Professor, School of Social Work, Renison University College, 2002-July 2012
  • Director, School of Social Work, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, 1989-1998 
  • Professor, School of Social Work, Ryerson University, 1968-2002

Professional affiliations:

Ellen Sue is actively involved with the Canadian Association for Social Work Education, the Association for the Advancement of Social Work with Groups, and the Ontario Association of Social Workers. In 2008, Ellen Sue received a Lifetime Membership Award from OASW in recognition of contributions to the profession and to social work education. In 2012, Ellen Sue was recognized by the CASWE for her contributions to social work education in Canada and was the International Honouree of the AASWG for her contributions to AASWG and to social group work education and scholarship.

Selected publications: 
2011 Muskat, Barbara and Mesbur, Ellen Sue. Adaptations for teaching social work with groups in the age of technology.Groupwork, 21(1), 6-27.

2010 Mesbur, Ellen Sue. A magical mystery tour: Education and social work with groups across borders. In Dominique Moyse Steinberg (Ed.), Orchestrating the power of groups: Beginnings, middles and endings (Overture, Movements and Finales). London: Whiting & Birch.

2009 Sullivan, Nancy E. and Mesbur, Ellen Sue. History of social group work in Canada. In Alex Gitterman and Robert Salmon (Eds.), Encyclopedia of social work with groups. New York: Routledge

Selected projects:
2011-2012 Co-chair (with P. Donahue, N. Coady, & S. Cadell), CASWE Conference: Social work education at the crossroads: No boarders? No boundaries? May 28-30. In conjunction with the Congress of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Waterloo & Wilfrid Laurier University.

2009-2011 Chair, Accreditation Task Force, Canadian Association of Social Work Education.

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