Kenya McKinley Cistrunk

Kenya McKinley Cistrunk


  • Social Work


  • Associate Professor and Social Work Program Director



  • 298 Bowen Hall

Bachelor of Social Work, Mississippi State University, 1997

Master of Social Work, The University of Alabama, 2000

Doctor of Philosophy, Adult Education, University of Georgia, 2013

Kenya M. Cistrunk works as an Associate Professor of Social Work and serves as the Social Work Program Director. Her professional work experience allowed her to work with clients  in the juvenile justice system, child protective services, and student affairs services.

Dr. Cistrunk is a 1997 graduate of Mississippi State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Social Work degree. Soon after, she earned a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Alabama, where she concentrated her studies in program planning and administration. In 2013, she earned a doctorate degree in Adult Education from the University of Georgia, where here research centered around the needs of homeless adults and faith-based community agencies.

As a qualitative researcher, she focuses on service provisions for marginalized and/or oppressed populations and examining under-resourced communities and groups.

As an active member of several professional and community organizations, Dr. Cistrunk is committed to lifelong learning, continued professional development and community service.

As an award-winning faculty member, Dr. Cistrunk wants to ensure that the future social workers equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to be successful practitioners.