Wanda Ellingson

Wanda K. Ellingson

Adjunct Faculty

What I do

It is so rewarding to see our graduates bringing their social work skills and knowledge to their communities and reservations in the Four Corners region. We are making a tremendous impact.


civic and community engagement, clinical social work, culturally responsive practice

Professional Biography

Wanda Ellingson, LCSW, is a professor of the practice of social work and the director of the Four Corners MSW program in Durango, Colorado. She has practiced clinically in hospitals and mental health centers in both rural and urban settings. In addition, Ellingson served in Nicaragua as a Peace Corps Volunteer. She is interested in the infusion of rural and Native American content within the Four Corners curriculum and in engaging with Four Corners communities to promote policy, community and clinical work to advance social justice.


  • BS, Sociology, Truman State University
  • MSW, Social Work, University of Minnesota

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Certificate of Professional Management
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Academy of Certified Social Workers

Professional Affiliations

  • Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW)
  • Other
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • Other


Ellingson, W. K., Lucero, N. M., & Manning, S. S. (2007). A Partnership Approach to the Development of a Specialized Native Course Curriculum. CSWE Annual Program Meeting. San Francisco, California.
Ellingson, W. K. (2016). Creating a Rural Community Behavioral Health Plan, Courage, Collaboration and Consensus. From Surviving to Thriving. El Paso, TX: Rural Social Work Caucus.
Ellingson, W. K., & East, J. F. (2007). Distance Education as a Community Intervention. CSWE Annual Program Meeting. San Francisco, California: CSWE.
Ellingson, W. (2015). Maintaining the Integrity of the Field Education Pedagogy: Comparison of two Distance Programs. National Institute for Social Work in Rural Areas. Vermilion, South Dakota: Rural Social Work Caucas - University of South Dakota.
Ellingson, W. K. (2012). Rural Social Work Education as a Community and Cultural Intervention. 37th Annual Institute for Human Services and Rural Social Work . Nashville, Indiana: University of Indiana.


  • Mental Health Administrator of the Year, Child Adolescent Mental Health Coalition
  • Barbara Conrad Leadership Award, Leadership La Plata
  • Colorado Social Worker of the Year, NASW
  • Four Corners Social Worker of the Year, NASW - Four Corners
  • Kay M Stevenson Faculty Citizenship Award, University of Denver GSSW