Welcome to Arkansas State University!

Dr. Cheryl Knight, LCSW

Department Chair & MSW Program Director

Assistant Professor Social Work


University of Tennessee- Doctorate Social Work – Diploma Received May 2017

University of Tennessee – Masters Social Work – Diploma Received May 2005

Arkansas State University – Masters Sociology- Diploma Received August 1996

Arkansas State University – Bachelors – Photojournalism – Diploma Received May 1995

Professional Credentials

LCSW – Arkansas State Social Work Licensing Board 2186-C

Courses Taught


SW 2203 Introduction to Social Work

SW 3323 Substance Abuse Intervention and Treatment

SW 3303 Human Behavior and Social Environment I

SW 3333 Human Behavior and Social Environment II

SW 1203 Making Connections

SW 2223 Social Problems

SW 4273 Field I

SW 4296 Field II

SW 2203 Introduction to Social Work



SW 6023 Social Work Evaluation and Research

SW 6073 Integrative Research Project

SW 6043 Clinical Practice with Families

SW 5323 Substance Abuse Dependence Intervention Treatment

SW 6013 Social Work Ethics

SW 6803 Advanced Field I

SW 6813 Advanced Field II

SW 6033 Clinical Practice with Individuals

SW 6013 Ethics

SW 6003 Psychopathology

SW 6083 Trauma Focused Practice

SW 6053 Clinical Practice with Groups and Families

SW 5063 Social Justice and Diversity


Professional Organizations

NASW and NASW AR Chapter – NE Branch Representative 2007-2013

NASW and NASW AR Chapter – NE Branch Representative 2015-2017

UTK Phi Alpha Honors Society –                                             2017 to present

CSWE- Member                                                                        2018 to present

Global Awareness Society International                                   2019 to present



Current Committees at Arkansas State University

Provost Task Force                                                                 Spring 2020

Course Substitution Committee                                              2020 to present

Parking Citation Appeals Committee                                     2019 to present

Addictions Studies Certificate Chair                                     2018 to present

BSW Admissions/Recruiting                                                  2017 to present

Assessment Team                                                                   2017 to present

Curriculum Committee                                                           2017 to present           

Social Work BSW Admissions Committee                            2017-2019

Spring Social Work Conference Committee                          (Chair 2020)

FYE Faculty Advisory Board                                                 2017-2019

2019 United Way Campaign – Champion for CNHP            2019

Faculty Senate Fall                                                                2018 to present

Secretary Faculty Senate                                                        2018 to present

Academic Integrity Task Force                                              Fall 2018 to present

Arkansas State University Health and Medical Emergency Team 2017 to present

Infection Control Committee  Chair                                      2019 to present

Inter-professional Education Committee                                2018 to present

Awards and Scholarship Committee                                      2018 to present

Master of Social Work Organization Sponsor                        2018 to present



Leadership and Service

Region 4 Prevention Advocacy Council Task Force             2020 to present

Board of Directors Habitat for Humanity Jonesboro             2019 to present

Community Health and Education Foundation (CHEF)        2018 to present

Board of Directors Homeless Resource Center (HUB)          2018 to 2019


Dr. Knight’s academic training and 12 years of clinical work in community mental health has provided her a well-rounded experience in the field of social work. In the clinical setting she has worked with diverse populations and understands the need for inclusion and acceptance in the therapeutic process. As a professor at Arkansas State University, she continues to stress the need for cultural awareness, inclusion and acceptance, and provides students with real life social work examples. She encourages students to imagine themselves in the place of both the clinician and the client.

Dr. Knight currently serves on the Board of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Arkansas Chapter as the Northeast Arkansas Representative and also volunteers with other national, state and local organizations. Dr. Knight graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Doctorate of Social Work in May 2017. Her Capstone II project at the University of Tennessee was entitled: Clinicians and Treatment: Perceived Barriers to Psychotherapeutic Treatment of Rural Mental Health Professionals. In addition to her Capstone II research, she is also interested in research in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction as an intervention for persons with terminal illness and/or in hospice care, as well as persons who are incarcerated.

Cheryl Knight, LCSW

Contact Information

P: 870-972-3596


Building: Eugene W. Smith Hall
Room: 327A