Rebecca Hoffman

Assistant Professor

Office/Department: Social Work

Location: Hagg-Sauer Hall 375

Phone: (218) 755-2837

Box #: 23


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Rebecca Hoffman is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Bemidji State University.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bemidji State University and a Master of Science in Social Welfare from University of Wisconsin—Madison.  Prior to coming to Bemidji State University Ms. Hoffman worked as a social work practitioner for nearly two decades. Her career centered on developing successful partnerships to create macro-level community development.

During her tenure as Executive Director of Ours to Serve House of Hospitality she led a successful campaign to develop Village of Hope, a homeless shelter for families with children in Bemidji, MN.  As the Community Services Program Director at Evergreen Youth & Family Services Ms. Hoffman spearheaded a successful partnership with a local developer to create a transitional housing center with on-site services for youth experiencing homelessness in rural northern Minnesota.

Ms. Hoffman has been the recipient of several awards and honors including the Bemidji Leads! Organizational Stewardship Award, Ruth Edevold Organizational Excellence Award, and the Eleanor Roosevelt Women for Responsive Government Award.  She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker through the Minnesota Board of Social Work and currently a doctoral student in the Social Work program at St. Catherine’s University/University of St. Thomas.  She resides in Bemidji with her husband Brodie and two children.  In their free time she and her family enjoy exploring Minnesota’s parks and campgrounds in their travel trailer.​


  • Doctorate of Social Work Candidate, Anticipated Graduation 2018, University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University
  • MSW, 1999, University of Wisconsin—Madison
    Areas of Specialization: Developmental Disabilities, Social Policy
  • B.A., 1997, Bemidji State University
    Political Science with a minor in Women’s Studies


Intercultural Communications
Introduction to Social Welfare
Interpersonal Relations
Field Experience
Human Behavior in the Social Environment II
Family Dynamics and Interventions
Social Welfare Policy
Generalist Practice III
Internship Orientation

Research Interests

Prevention Science, Trauma Informed Practices, Community Development, and Non-Profit Management