School of Social Work

Paula Gerstenblatt, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, BSW Program Coordinator

Office Location

G39B Masterton Hall

Faculty Office Hours Fall 2021

By appointment. Please contact by email.


(207) 780-4493

Academic Degrees

  • P.h.D.


Dr. Gerstenblatt has worked for over 25 years with a focus on macro community practice throughout the United States and West Africa in thenon-profit and government sector including program and community development, training, community organizing, management, and grant writing. She is the founder and former Director of the Mart Community Project located in rural Mart, Texas, a community development initiative and nationally recognized model of a reciprocal community-university partnership that has received numerous grants, including two National Endowment of the Arts Design awards. As a practicing artist, Dr. Gerstenblatt is passionate about utilizing the arts as a tool for community building, livability, and revitalization. Dr. Gerstenblatt received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin where her dissertation research was awarded the Social Work Education Research Student Award from Social Work Education: the International Journal.

Research Interests

Service learning and experiential pedagogy, community-university partnerships, social entrepreneurship, African Diaspora studies, community art practice, and arts based research methods.

Recent Publications

Gerstenblatt, P. (2013).Collage portraits as a method of analysis in qualitative research, International Journal of Qualitative Methods.

Gerstenblatt, P., Faulkner, M., Lee, A., Thy Doan, L. & Travis, D. (2012)Not babysitting: work stress and personal well-being for family child care providers. Early Childhood Education Journal.

Gerstenblatt, P., Gilbert, D.J. (2014) Framing service learning in social work: An interdisciplinary elective community development course embedded within a university-community partnership. Social Work Education: The International Journal

Travis, D., Lee, A., Faulkner, M., Gerstenblatt, P. (2014) Cultivating a thriving childcare workforce: a theory-driven qualitative analysis. Community, Work & Family. DOI: 10.1080/13668803.2013.850402