SW Faculty/Staff Directory

Ryan Tolleson Knee



Ph.D.             Social Work                 University of Denver                      1999         

M.S.W.          Social Work                  Eastern Washington University      1988

B.A.               Social Work                 The University of Montana             1985   


Courses Taught

BSW Program

SW100 - Introduction to social Work

SW300 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment 

SW310 - Social Work Policies and Services

SW350 - Individals and Families

SW360 - Groups and Communities

SW400 - Research Methods

SW488 - Practicum Seminar


MSW Program

SW510 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment I

SW530 - History of Social Policy and Change

SW545 - Organizational Leadership

SW576, 577, 578, 579 - Integrative Seminar


SW495/595 - Public Policy and the Montana Legislature

Teaching Experience

1994 - current - University of Montana School of Social Work (BSW & MSW Programs)


Research Interests

Tranistioning from technical and clinical practice to middle management/leadership

Domestic violence and traumatic brain injury

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders


Finalize the School's Center for Children, Families, and Workforce Development to improve statewide training, education, research, prevention, and advocacy.

Research measuring the significiance of tramuatic brain injury among women and children impacted by domestic violence. Establish assessment, treatment, and long-term intervention protocols to improve systemic responses. 

Field of Study

Non-profit Management & Leadership

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

Selected Publications

Tolleson Knee, R. (2014). An analysis of direct practice social work perspectives and behaviors in middle management. Administration in Social Work.  38(2), 146-157. 

Tolleson Knee, R. (Winter 2014). Pursuing self-knowledge while transitioning to academic chair. The Department Chair. 24(3), pp. 10-12.

Tolleson Knee, R. & Folsom, J. (2012). Bridging the Crevasse between Direct Practice Social Work and Management by Increasing the Transferability of Core Skills. Administration in Social Work. 36(4) pp. 390-408. 

Tolleson Knee, R. & Finn. J. (2011). Social Work in Montana and Beyond: Reflections on a Century of Practice. Montana Professor.  22(1) pp. 7-13. 







National Association of Deans and Directors

Professional Experience

Chair - UM School of Social Work (2007-current)

Director - Center for Children, Families, & Workforce Development (1999 - current)

Director - MSW Program  (2000 - 2005)   

DirectorThe Montana Campus Compact (1994 – 1999)   

TherapistVocational Resources Incorporated (1991 - 1992)   

Medical Social WorkerCommunity Medical Center (1988 - 1991)