Dr. Loberg serves as Director of the Social Work Program at Concordia College, where she teaches and provides leadership for the program. She has successfully led the program through two external accreditation reviews resulting in high praise for the social work program. She teaches courses on introductory social work, social justice, social policy, and intercultural and anti-oppressive practice. She has also taught elective courses in child welfare, mental health, and leadership. Her research has focused on leadership within the social work profession, which was initially supported by the Bush Foundation through the award of a competitive Bush Leadership Fellowship.
Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from Concordia College, a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) from North Dakota State University. In 2020, she completed a Leadership Certificate program at the University of Minnesota. Prior to her career in academia, Dr. Loberg worked as a licensed social worker in children’s mental health, child and family welfare, and services to people with differing abilities. She maintains licensure as a clinical social worker and has worked with community agencies to provide mental health therapy and licensure supervision.
One of the things Dr. Loberg loves about her job is the chance to use her practice experience and connections to help students explore all they can do with social work. Dr. Loberg shares that “because of our small class sizes and the role of faculty in advising, it’s like I get to be in the passenger seat to help students navigate and plan for the future throughout their four years here, and I love being along for the ride!” Dr. Loberg’s work with students and commitment to preparing students for community impact was recognized by her colleagues and the college as she was selected to receive the Flaat Faculty Award in observation of the 125th Anniversary of Concordia College.
Loberg lives in Fargo, N.D., with her husband and two sons. She enjoys attending sporting events – supporting high school athletics, the Cobbers, and other teams throughout the region. In addition to spending time with family and friends, she likes to plan travel to new places, tries to keep up with her book club, and wants to become a better golfer.