Mariann Bischoff serves as an assistant professor of teaching and management and policy field education coordinator at the Rutgers University School of Social Work. In this position, she works to facilitate field placements for MSW students in the management and policy specialization. She also serves as off-site field instructor.

Since 2015, Mariann has served the School of Social Work in the areas of field education, developing new internships, placing students, providing off-site field instruction to BASW and MSW students, and teaching BASW and MSW courses. Mariann co-developed and teaches the School’s environmental justice course with faculty colleague Christine Morales, with whom she has delivered continuing education seminars and professional presentations on the critical work of environmental justice and decolonization. Mariann also served as a co-author on the CSWE Curricular Guide for Environmental Justice.

Mariann is a licensed clinical social worker, certified clinical supervisor and certified social work supervisor in the state of New Jersey. Mariann maintains a private practice, providing clinical supervision and teaching mindfulness.

She earned her MSW at Monmouth University with a concentration in international and community development. She earned her MS at Cornell University in soil and water engineering and international development, where she completed research in the Middle East examining the interconnections between water use and gender relations. She earned her BS at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in mechanical engineering with a minor in German, studying one year as a matriculated student in Germany.

Prior to joining the faculty at Rutgers, Mariann served as clinical supervisor at Catholic Charities in Hunterdon County, where she oversaw clinical operations for family preservation services, in-home clinical programs and outpatient services. She reported monthly and quarterly outcome statistics, administered performance reviews, and ensured proper clinician training. She increased referral sources by developing relationships with community partners.

Previous to that work, Mariann held positions at Carrier Clinic, including acting lead clinical case manager and admissions clinician. She was awarded “Above & Beyond” for developing a proposal to implement an electronic hospital census “bed board,” which increased revenue. She trained new clinical case managers and supervised interns. Mariann assessed and counseled patients with psychiatric, substance abuse and dementia diagnoses, developed treatment plans, implemented discharge plans and obtained insurance authorizations. She facilitated family meetings and psychoeducational groups.

Mariann began her social work career as executive director of Meals on Wheels of Greater New Brunswick, where she managed a budget of $173,000, wrote a yearly grant application to Middlesex County Office on Aging, ran the board of directors’ meetings and published a monthly newsletter. She was solely responsible for billing, staffing, scheduling, and bookkeeping and prepared monthly schedules for 120 volunteers to deliver meals to 55 clients daily.

Mariann’s professional career kicked off at Ford Motor Company and its spin-off Visteon Corporation. As finance coordinator, she led upper management to develop a 3-year financial business plan for an electronics facility. She co-led an effort to evaluate and fund non-profit organizations by the company’s Visteon Fund. As human resources associate, Mariann counseled managers and employees on career development and other human resource matters. She resolved union grievances locally and with the labor relations board. She led Visteon’s recruiting at Cornell University. She served as the Ford Lesbian and Gay Alliance (FLAG) representative, advocating to extend UAW same-sex partner benefits to Local 1695. After training by Peter Senge’s Society for Organizational Learning, Mariann served on the team teaching learning organization principles to Ford’s European operations and taught the international learning organization Course in Hungary. In the various positions of manufacturing engineer, product design engineer, quality liaison, and production supervisor, Mariann lead teams to reduce costs, improve quality and implement a lean production system for vehicle components and subsystems. Mariann was awarded a patent for inventing a new fuel delivery system. She received extensive hands-on leadership and facilitation training as a member of the Visteon Leadership Excellence Acceleration Program and the Ford Manufacturing Leadership Program.

Courses Taught: 


  • Environmental Justice
  • Social Work Practice II
  • Social Work Practice I
  • Generalist Practice I