Faculty and Staff
Brent Cagle, Ph.D., LISW-CP, LCSW
|Title:||Clinical Associate Professor
BSW Program Coordinator
|College of Social Work|
Clinical Associate Professor Brent Cagle joined the faculty of the College of Social
Work in 2018. Prior to joining the University of South Carolina, Cagle was a tenured
faculty member at Winthrop University. He helped establish the Master of Social Work
program at Winthrop and was the founder of the graduate student association, and chair
of the social work curriculum committee.
Cagle’s teaching is focused on facilitating students’ professional development through self-reflection and skill building. He typically teaches courses in areas such as, direct practice with individuals, families, and small groups, human behavior and the social environment, diversity and social justice, mental health, and child and youth services. Cagle’s most recent interest is the interconnections of animals and social work, including exploring areas such as, animal-assisted interventions, veterinary social work and the role of social work in examining impacts of factory farming at various systems levels. At Winthrop, he developed an elective course, Animals and Social Work.
Cagle has more than 20 years of professional social work education and practice experience in areas including, public child welfare, mental health, non-profit and private practice. Some of his positions as a practitioner included director of education and outreach and later executive director of the Nevada AIDS Foundation, foster care social worker for the Henderson County (N.C.) Department of Social Services, and family-based therapist for the Blue Ridge Center for Child and Family Services in Asheville, N.C.
Cagle has also worked in collaboration with community members and youth on several research projects. While at Winthrop, he led a team of students on a research-funded award from the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Long-Term Care and Behavioral Health Services. The results were shared with SCDHHS leaders to implement improvements. He also co-led a participatory action research youth needs assessment.
Cagle earned his MSW from the University of Nevada, Reno, and a Ph.D. in social work at the University of South Carolina. He maintains licensure as a clinical social worker.