Fred BesthornFred H. Besthorn, PhD, LMSW, MDiv


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Dr. Fred H. Besthorn is Professor at the School of Social Work at Wichita State University. Dr. Besthorn holds a B.A. in education from Sterling College, Sterling Kansas, a Master of Divinity from Grace Theological Seminary, and an M.S.W. and Ph.D. in social welfare from the University of Kansas. Before coming to the Wichita State University, Dr. Besthorn was for eight years Associate Professor of Social Work at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa and was for five years Assistant Professor of Social Work at Washburn University, Topeka Kansas.

Dr. Besthorn has training and experience in the faith community, psychotherapy, environmental activism, spirituality, corrections and law enforcement, peace studies, social policy, legislative advocacy, and social, economic and environmental justice.

Dr. Besthorn has over 50 published articles, book chapters, and monographs and has presented dozens of scholarly papers at both national and international conferences. His scholarly interests include continuing to develop a theoretical framework for the integration of a deep ecological awareness with social work practice. He is the founder of The Global Alliance for a Deep-Ecological Social Work for social workers committed to incorporating a deeper environmental awareness into traditional social work practice.


  • Ph.D. School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.
  • M.S.W. School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.
  • M.Div. Grace Theological Seminary, Winona Lake, Indiana.
  • B.S. Education, Sterling College, Sterling, Kansas.


Publications 2001-2014 (PDF, 267kb)

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