Faculty Profile

Gretchen Ely

Gretchen Ely

Associate Professor
School of Social Work


  • PhD, Social Work, University of Tennessee, 2003

Professional experience:

  • Associate Professor, Social Work, University at Buffalo

What mentoring means to me:

Mentoring is important to me because I see it as a vital link between being a student and achieving professional goals.

Topics I am willing to discuss with students:

Minority Experiences

  • Being a woman and related discrimination.
  • Class and/or socioeconomic status and related discrimination.
  • Racial, ethnic, cultural and/or religious minority status and related discrimination.
  • Sexual and/or gender minority status and related discrimination.

Personal Circumstances

  • Caregiving for children.

Academic Culture

  • Dealing with politics and conflict with faculty or peers.
  • Decoding and demystifying academic culture and norms.
  • Taking a non-traditional path to grad school.
  • Uncertainty about staying in grad school.