Dr. Rebecca Hoffman

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SOWK Department Chair

Office/Department: Social Work, Department of

Location: Bensen Hall 419

Phone: (218) 755-2837

Box #: 35

Email: rebecca.hoffman@bemidjistate.edu


Rebecca Hoffman is an Assistant Professor and Department Chair in the Social Work Department at Bemidji State University.  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 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.  She resides in Bemidji with her husband Brodie and two children.  In their free time she and her family enjoy exploring Minnesota’s parks, campgrounds, and ski trails.​


  • Doctorate of Social Work, 2018, University of St. Catherine University – University of St. Thomas School of Social Work
  • MSSW, 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


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