University of Calgary

Linda Kreitzer

  • Professor Emerita
  • Aboriginal Issues, Indigenous Education, Rural & Northern Practice
  • Community Development & Practice
  • Immigrant & Refugee Issues
  • International Social Work
  • Multicultural/Diversity Issues

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


Linda left the U.S. in 1981 for England and worked as a social worker in London, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. She taught social work in Ghana for two years before coming to Canada. She completed her MSW at the University of Calgary in International social work in the area of refugee issues in Ghana. She worked for the American Red Cross in Armenia before returning to the University of Calgary to study social work education in Africa, in particular Ghana, for her PhD. Upon receiving her PhD she has been based at the University of Calgary, Central and Northern Regional office in Edmonton. Her teaching interests include international social work, immigrants and refugees, international indigenous issues, community development and professional use of self in international social work. 

Her research includes the topics in the area of African social work, mental health issues with Africans settling in Canada, compassion fatigue, and indigenous issues. Her first book “Social work in Africa: Exploring culturally relevant social work education and practice in Ghana” was published in 2012 through University of Calgary Press. Her second book, multi-authored, looks at compassion fatigue in the Canadian context and was published in 2013 by Wilfred Laurier Press. A third book, multi-authored, titled Sherpa in My Backpack: A guide to international social work practicum exchanges and study abroad programs, was published in Spring, 2014 with de Sitter publications.

Degrees: PhD, MSW (University of Calgary), Qualification in Social Work (University of London)

BSC in Social Welfare (Metropolitan State College)


PhD, University of Calgary

MSW, University of Calgary

Qualification in Social Work, University of London

BSC, Metropolitan State College 

Research Projects

§  Kreitzer, L. (Co-investigator). Cross-cultural learning and shifting identities: Research training for a transnational world, exchange project. (SSHRC, proposal in for acceptance; 2015).

§  Kreitzer, L. (Principal investigator). Post 1994 genocide survivors in Edmonton: Rwanda community-based project exploring mental health challenges, strengths and pathways to healing. (ACCFCR, 2015)

§  Kreitzer, L. (Co-investigator). Examining the transitional needs of adults with dual diagnosis: Strength-based approaches and system capability to respond to those with complex needs. (Alberta health services; 2009-2013).

§  Kreitzer, L. (Principal investigator). Keeping the history of African social work alive: ASWEA seminar documents. (International Association of Schools of Social Work; 2009-2010).

§  Kreitzer, L. (Principal investigator). Positive collaboration in child and family services: A way forward in working with   Aboriginal communities. (ACCFCR; 2007-2009).

§  Kreitzer, L. (Co-investigator). Compassion Fatigue as experienced by Canadian health professionals. (SSHRC; 2007-2011).

§  Kreitzer, L. (Collaborator). Canadian-European student exchange program. (HRSDC; 2005-2005).

Professional and Community Associations

Member-at-large. International Association of Schools of Social Work (2014-2018).

Board member, Canadian Friends Service Committee, Aboriginal Affairs (2006-2012).

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