Patricia Cianciolo

Professor Emeritus of Social Work

Educational Background

Ph.D., Social Work (1990) University of Pittsburgh
M.A. , Applied Behavioral Sciences (1983) Wright State University
B.S., Social Rehabilitation (1976), Urbana University

Research Interests:  assisted living for older adults, dementia and caregiving, social insurance programs for older adults in the U.S., collaborative teaching and learning.

Teaching Areas: social welfare history, current U.S. social welfare policies and programs, policy analysis, gerontology, aging public policies and programs

Teaching Experience

1992 – 2019 Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI, Professor

1990 – 1992 Ohio University, Social Work Department, Athens, OH, Assistant Professor

1988 - 1989 Ohio University, Sociology Department, Athens, OH, Adjunct Instructor

1987 - 1988 Rio Grande College, Social Work Department, Assistant Professor

1986 – 1987 Central State University, Social Welfare Department, Wilberforce, OH, Assistant Professor

1985 – 1986 Wittenberg University, Sociology Department, Springfield, OH, Instructor

1983 – 1985 University of Pittsburgh, School of Social Work, Pittsburgh, PA, Graduate Teaching Assistant

1980 – 1982 Wright State University, Sociology Department, Dayton, OH, Graduate Teaching Assistant

Social Work Practice

1982 – 1983 Children’s Protective Services, Champaign County Welfare Department, Urbana, OH

1976 – 1980 Adult Protective Services, Champaign County Welfare Department, Urbana, OH


Cianciolo, P.K. (Ed.). (2005). When the brain fails to do its work: Dementia education for high school students. Marquette, MI: Northern Michigan University, Center for Gerontological Studies (grant project funded by the Administration on Aging).

Cianciolo, P.K., & Zupan, L.L. (2004).  Developing a training program on issues in aging for correctional workers.  Gerontology and Geriatrics Education, 24, 3, 23-38.

Cianciolo, P.K., & Henderson, T.L. (March 2003).  Infusing aging and public policy into gerontology courses: Collaborative learning to teach about Social Security and Medicare. Educational Gerontology, 29, 3, 217-233.


Internal Research Grant for Professional Development, College of Professional Studies, Northern Michigan University (2006) Evaluating Teacher Usage of a Dementia Education Project  for High School Students in a Rural Area - $3,500

Administration on Aging Grant, Center for Gerontological Studies at Northern Michigan University (2003-2005) Principle Investigator - $200,000

Interdepartmental/Interdisciplinary Collaborative Project Incentive Program Grant, Northern Michigan University (1999-2000) Training Module Development - Dealing with the Older Inmate with Linda Zupan, Criminal Justice Department, Northern Michigan University - $4,000

Patricia Cianciolo