Dr. Rebecca Hoffman

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Associate Professor

Office/Department: Social Work, Department of

Location: Bensen Hall 419

Phone: (218) 755-2837

Box #: 35

Email: rebecca.hoffman@bemidjistate.edu


Dr. Rebecca Hoffman is an Associate Professor and Department Chair in the Social Work Department at Bemidji State University.  She also serves as the Child Welfare Scholars Program Coordinator.  She holds a Doctorate in Social Work from St. Catherine University – University of St. Thomas, a Master of Science in Social Welfare from University of Wisconsin—Madison and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bemidji State University.  Prior to coming to Bemidji State University Dr. Hoffman worked as a social work practitioner for two decades. Her career centered on developing successful partnerships to create macro-level community and social policy 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 Dr. 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.

Dr. 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.  She resides in Bemidji with her husband Brodie and two children.  In their free time, she and her family enjoy the glamping life in Minnesota’s state parks and campgrounds.


  • Doctorate of Social Work, 2018, University of St. Catherine University – University of St. Thomas School of Social Work
  • Master of Science in Social Welfare, 1999, University of Wisconsin—Madison
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, 1997, Bemidji State University
    Minor:  Women’s Studies


2021-2022 Teaching Schedule

  • SOWK 2140: Field Experience
  • SOWK 3553: Generalist Practice III
  • SOWK 4880: Internship Orientation (SWIM)
  • SOWK 4970-94: Internship (SWIM)

Research Interests

  • Macro social work education
  • Community Social Determinants of Health (CSDH)
  • Social work licensure supervision
  • Community needs assessments
  • Administrative Consultation

Recent Work

Rebecca Hoffman CV 2021

Other Information

Supervision and Consultation

Social Work Licensing Supervision

Dr. Hoffman operates a social work licensing supervision practice for LSW and LGSW social workers in non-clinical practice in the Bemidji, MN area. Licensing supervision follows the requirements of the Minnesota Board of Social Work and Minnesota Statutes. Licensing supervision is required for LSWs and LGSWs in nonclinical practice.  Once licensed, 100 hours of licensing supervision is required for the first 4,000 hours of social work practice– which is the equivalent of one hour per week.

Out of 100 total supervision hours required:

Minimum of 50 hours will be one-on-one supervision
Delivery methods will include:
– 25 hours via in-person meeting
– 25 hours via eye-to-eye electronic media

Remaining 50 hours will be group supervision (limited to six supervisees)
Delivery methods will include:
– In-person
– One-on-one phone
– Eye-to-eye electronic media

Those interested in licensing supervision can complete this supervision request form or e-mail Rebecca.Hoffman@bemidjistate.edu.

More information about licensing supervision can be found here, on the MN Board of Social Work website: https://mn.gov/boards/social-work/licensees/supervisedpractice/

Administrative Consultation

Dr. Hoffman offers administrative consultation to human service administrators.  Administrative consultation can support the organization in a variety of ways in achieving its mission.  This includes first and foremost providing support to administrators to combat isolation and burnout.  Additionally it can include consultation on a broad array of topics related to the administration of the organization such as record keeping, grant writing, program development, transition planning, facility development, supervision of individuals and teams, board growth and relationships, strategic planning, and staff training.  It can be as simple as a 1:1 meeting for support or as technical as consulting on developing a new facility business plan.