Tom Osowski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor




Dr. Tom Osowski joined the faculty of the School of Social Work at the University of Southern Mississippi August 2007.  Dr. Osowski currently serves as the Coordinator of the Master of Social Work program.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) degree in 1989 from the University of North Dakota.  He earned his Master of Social Work (MSW) degree in 1991 from the University of Kansas.  Dr. Osowski earned his PhD in sociology from South Dakota State University in 2005.  Dr. Osowski was named the 2003 McNamara Graduate Scholar at South Dakota State University.  In 2002, he was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi for academic excellence.  In November 2010, Dr. Osowski was named one of the 20 most influential social work professors in the United States by the Social Betterment Blog.

Dr. Osowski’s current research interests include curriculum development and redesign and human trauma.  Currently Dr. Osowski is researching several aspects of disaster trauma affecting the Gulf South.  He is specifically interested in the role of professional social work and the natural interplay with disaster management.  He has made state, regional, national and international presentations on his research.  A number of academic articles are in development.  An emerging research focus is the role of social work in disaster trauma in developing Caribbean countries.

When Dr. Osowski is not doing “academic things”, he is very interested in travel, swimming, other water sports, reading and participating in his family’s activities.  He is married, has three children, two dogs and a variety of other pets at any given time.