Ruth Supranovich is a clinical associate professor of field education. She joined the school in 2012. Since that time, she has taught numerous courses (e.g. field seminars, leadership, human behavior, and elective courses) and served in leadership positions, including Director of the San Diego Academic Center and oversight of Student Learning Outcomes. Her primary role is as a member of the field faculty, developing quality field placements, matching students to internship opportunities, serving as a field liaison between students and field agencies, and teaching integrative seminars. She is a member of the workforce development stipends program team, which provides specialized training for students to prepare them for specific fields of practice. In this capacity, she was a co-investigator and trainer for students developing expertise in working with transition-age-youth, an evaluator of a training program for students learning to work in integrative care settings, and currently provides professional development and guidance for students preparing to work in public child welfare.
Supranovich has more than 25 years of social work experience in child maltreatment and family violence. She has worked as a case manager, clinician and manager/administrator serving families impacted by child sexual abuse, physical abuse, neglect, and exposure to family and community violence. Prior to her USC appointment, Supranovich was an assistant deputy director for San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency where she oversaw the child welfare, public health and public assistance programs in the North Coastal and Inland regions of San Diego County. As the manager and then administrator of the San Diego County Indian Specialty Unit for several years, Supranovich became very involved in working with the tribal community in San Diego to address the disproportionate number of Native American children in the child welfare system. She brought this experience to USC, where she has collaborated with Dr. Claradina Soto (Navajo/Pueblo) from the Keck School of Preventive Medicine to co-teach an elective course on working with Native American children, families, and communities.
Supranovich is a 2nd generation social worker, having been raised in England by 2 social workers who exposed her to the values of the profession and importance of social justice. She now loves to teach, coach and mentor social work professionals to pass on these same values to the next generation.
San Diego State University: MSW 1995
University of Leeds: BS 1985
Areas of Expertise (6)
Child Sexual Abuse Prevention
Social Work Education
Social Work with Families
Industry Expertise (3)
Tribal STAR Champion (professional)
Contribution to Aaron Price Fellows Program (professional)
Certificate of Appreciation from SDSU Career Services for unique and significant contribution to the enrichment of career services, San Diego State University (professional)
Certificate of Appreciation for contributing to a decade of HealthLink North County success and for promoting the health and wellness of school-aged children (professional)