SW Faculty/Staff Directory

Ryan Tolleson Knee

Executive Director


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 clinical practice to middle management/leadership

Suicide Prevention



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

Improve web-based learning opportunities for parents and professionals serving high-risk children and youth.

Develop a comprehensive data base to improve suicide prevention programming statewide.

Develop a web-based certificate in child welfare to improve web-based training opportunities statewide. 


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. 






Professional Experience

Professor - 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)