Welcome Dr. Steven Hoffman to the BYU School of Social Work!
This fall semester, we are excited to welcome Dr. Steven Hoffman to the BYU School of Social Work faculty. Though raised in Northern California, Dr. Hoffman has travelled much for professional, educational, and ecclesiastical purposes, which helped him in his decision to pursue a career in the helping professions. Says Hoffman of his choice to pursue social work, “I felt a strong desire to continue serving people after my mission, but was unsure which major to choose. In discussing my career goals with various BYU-Idaho faculty from different disciplines, I was pleasantly surprised when each of them advised me to pursue a career in social work”. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from BYU-Idaho, Dr. Hoffman went on to receive his Master’s degree from Walla Walla University, and his PhD from Arizona State University. He then went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and work as an assistant professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Along the way, Dr. Hoffman gained practice experience working with adults as a group facilitator at the Prevention Research Center, and working individually with children as a psychosocial rehabilitation specialist at Upper Valley Resource and Counseling.
As his career developed, his family continued to grow. Dr. Hoffman and his amazing wife had 2 children while in Idaho, 1 in Arizona, 1 in Nebraska, and 2 in Texas. They currently have 6 children between the ages of 1 and 12! As a family they love hiking, biking, and camping together. Personally, Dr. Hoffman loves playing sports, reading, and following European soccer.
As he looks forward to preparing other social workers to serve their communities, he advises all students to “Seek balance. Set lofty goals, and learn to enjoy life as you pursue them”. We would do well to pay close attention to all the lessons that Dr. Hoffman has to teach! Once again, welcome to the family Dr. Hoffman, we can’t wait to see all the good you do!