Biography of Donald F. Fausel
Dr. Don Fausel joined the faculty at Arizona State University in 1969. He taught in both the graduate and undergraduate programs in Social Work. Don directed the Undergraduate Social Work Program from 1974 through 1979, was director of the Graduate Program, from 1984-90 and again from 1992-1995. He also served as Assistant Dean for the School of Social Work from 1976 through 1979, Interim Director of the Ph.D. program from 1993-1994 and Associate Dean from 1993-1997. In 1998 he received the Arizona State University Alumni’s Faculty Achievement Award for distinguished service. He retired from ASU in 1998 and was appointed Professor Emeritus of Social Work, in the College of Public Programs.
After he retired from ASU he taught part-time for 10 years at Walden University in their PhD program in Health and Human Services.
Don received his masters degree in social work from Fordham University in 1963, and his doctorate from Columbia University in 1975. Prior to coming to ASU he was director of Catholic Family and Children’s Services in Schenectady New York. His practice background includes experience in adoptions, foster care, marriage and family counseling and administration. Although his major practice roles have been in direct practice and social work education, his on-going involvement with the National Association of Social Workers and numerous community organizations have provided him an opportunity to work towards social change at macro levels. As a professional social worker he has been an advocate for welfare rights, child abuse prevention, and has demonstrated his commitment to NASW’s charge to its members to promote social/distributive justice for and on behalf of all clients.
Dr. Fausel served as president of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and was elected twice as an Arizona delegate to the NASW’s Delegate Assembly. He was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Maricopa Branch of the National Association of Social Workers in 2002, and the State NASW Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. He served on the NASW AZ. Committee on Inquiry, the NASW sub-committee on licensing and was a representative for NASW on the Arizona Coalition of Behavioral Health Professionals. As a charter member of the Arizona State Supreme Court’s Foster Care Review Board, he served on the Executive Committee, and chaired a local Review Board. In 1997, he was appointed by the Governor as a member of the Social Work Credentialing Committee of the Board of Behavioral Health Examiners and chaired that Committee from 1998 through 2000.
Don is a past president of the State Board of Parents Anonymous of Arizona. He has also served on the Salvation Army’s Family Service Advisory Board, the Department of Economic Opportunity’s Advisory Board on Family Preservation and Support, the board of the Arizona Association of Family Centered Practice, the board of the Single Parent Association, and is the current president of the board of Dillion Southwest, an international adoption agency.
Dr. Fausel is the author of The Social Work General Practitioner, a book of readings for undergraduate social work students; Getting and Staying in Step, a feature column in Impact Parenting; the principle author of eight training manuals for foster care licensing workers; as well as numerous professional papers and articles. He has lectured and done training internationally in South America, Costa Rica, Mexico, Yugoslavia, the People’s Republic of China and Taiwan in addition to workshops and training throughout the United States.
Don’s professional memberships include: the National Association of Social Workers; the Academy of Certified Social Worker; the Arizona Society for Clinical Social Work and Psychotherapy and Whose Who Among Human Service Professionals. He also is a Board Certified Diplomate of Clinical Social Work. He retired from clinical practice in 2007 and did not renew his license with the Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.