Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

Carole Zugazaga

Carole Zugazaga


7030C Haley Center
(334) 844-2879


  • Ph.D., Public Affairs, University of Central Florida
  • M.S.W, University of Central Florida
  • B.S.W, Florida State University.

Office Hours

  • By appointment

About Carole Zugazaga
Associate Professor of Social Work and Department Chair

Dr. Carole Zugazaga is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology & Social Work at Auburn University. Dr. Zugazaga received both her MSW and Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Central Florida. She received her BSW from Florida State University. She has 13 years of professional social work practice experience, primarily in the medical field. She was an Emergency Department Social Worker for a Level 1 Trauma Center in Central Florida for 5 years. Dr. Zugazaga’s research interests include homelessness, poverty, and healthcare. She was named a Fahs-Beck Fellow in 2007 and was the recipient of a research grant from the Fahs-Beck Fund for Research and Experimentation to support her study of the fastest growing subgroup of the homeless: women with children. She served as a consultant to the Governor of Alabama’s Office of Faith Based Initiatives regarding issues related to homelessness and also served as an inaugural member of Governor Riley’s statewide Interagency Council on Homelessness Academic Advisory Group.

Dr. Zugazaga was the recipient of a grant from the Alabama Women’s Commission and was the Principal Investigator (PI) of a study designed to better understand barriers and issues that affect women in Alabama with children age one and below. She was the co-PI for a study on postpartum depression in Alabama, also with support of the Alabama Women’s Commission, which led to a state-wide public awareness campaign of the condition and the establishment of a state-wide support hotline. Dr. Zugazaga was also the recipient of the College of Liberal Arts Engaged Scholar designation for 2008-2011.

Dr. Zugazaga has served as Program Director for the BSW Program (2013-2016) and is currently Department Chair. She has been instrumental in the establishment of the new Master of Social Work program at Auburn University (Fall 2017). She teaches Introduction to Social Work, Social Welfare Policy, Social Work in Healthcare, Methods of Social Research, and recently taught an honors course on Homelessness. She was the recipient of the College of Liberal Arts Early Career Teaching Award in 2006. Her research has been published in numerous journals including the American Journal of Community Psychology, Families in Society, Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, Social Work Education, Research on Social Work Practice, and the Journal of Primary Prevention.

Dr. Zugazaga has served on the board of directors for Alabama Arise, Alabama Possible, and East Alabama Coalition for the Homeless.

Last Updated: August 29, 2019