Dr. Amanda M. Keys


Social Work

Role: Faculty
Campus: Springfield

Postal mail

Missouri State University
Social Work
901 S. National Ave.
Springfield, MO 65897


Dr. Amanda Keys is an assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Missouri State University, where she has been a faculty member since 2014. She served as the BSW program coordinator from 2014-2019 and transitioned into the role of MSW coordinator in 2019. Prior to starting at MSU, she spent three years developing a BSW field education program for a private liberal arts university. She teaches courses across the BSW and MSW curriculum.

Keys completed her PhD at University of Missouri-Columbia and her undergraduate studies at Missouri State. She is a licensed clinical social worker who practiced for more than a decade in child welfare. Her research interests lie in the area of child welfare and social work education. She has more than a decade of experience as a presenter and academic researcher. She has also co-authored a book titled, “Social Work and Family Violence.” Keys presently serves on the Springfield Area Social Workers Committee and is actively involved in providing educational supervision to students in the Springfield area.  




  • PhD, 2013, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • MSW, 2005, Missouri State University
  • BSW, 2001, Missouri State University 


  • Licensed clinical social worker


  • SWK 200: Introduction to Social Work
  • SWK 219: Human Diversity
  • SWK 313: Social Justice
  • SWK 420: Practice with Families and Groups
  • SWK 746: Foundations in Social Work Research
  • SWK 760: Advanced Policy Practice

Professional experience

  • Assistant Professor/MSW Program Coordinator, School of Social Work, Missouri State University, Present
  • Assistant Professor/BSW Program Coordinator, School of Social Work, Missouri State University, 2014-2019
  • Family Resource Development Specialist, MBCH Children and Family Ministries, 2014-2015
  • Director of Field Education, Southwest Baptist University, 2011-2014
  • Assistant Director of Community Based Services, MBCH Children and Family Ministries, 2007-2011
  • Family Foster Care Supervisor, MBCH Children and Family Ministries, 2005-2007
  • Licensed Counselor of Social Work, Greater Ozarks Counseling, 2006-2008
  • Residential Coordinator of Specialized Teams, Missouri Children's Division, Regional Office, 2003-2005
  • Career Plus Worker, Missouri Children's Division, Greene County, 2002-2003
  • Alternative Care Worker, Missouri Children's Division, Greene County, 2001-2002


Research and professional interests

Current child welfare research includes learning more about:

  • Foster parent retention and motivation
  • Students’ experiences leading IEP meetings
  • Family engagement with the Head Start program

Current social work education research includes learning more about:

  • Social work students' investment in social activism
  • Social connectivity of students to social work programs


Other interests


  • North American Association of Christians in Social Work, 2016-present

Additional resources

Area of expertise

Social Issues