Faculty spotlight: Carina Barker

Nov 15, 2022

Meet Carina Barker, field instructor from UMD's Department of Social Work.

When did you start at UMD? Why did you choose to work at UMD?

I started teaching in the Social Work program in 2008. I applied specifically to UMD as I am an alumna of the program. I have fond memories of being in the program with professors who later became my mentors. I am grateful to be able to be a part of the social work program that provided me as a student with incredible learning opportunities.  

What do you like most about your job? 

I am inspired by the students. I also work as a clinical social worker in the community and find the students' creativity and energy is incredibly rewarding. I am able to use my knowledge and practical experience from the field and bring it into the classroom. I can then bring the energy and creativity back to my practice. It is a wonderful gift.  

Do you have any advice for students?

Be a lifelong learner and allow yourself to really listen to others. You can gain great volumes of wisdom by truly listening.  Active listening is a priceless gift you can give anyone. Listen without judgment. Be kind to yourself and gentle with others.  

What do you like to do in your free time?

My favorite thing to do in my free time is to be with my family. There is nothing better than being in a room filled with laughter, good coffee and family. I also really love adventures; from traveling to thrift shopping.  

About the Department of Social Work