Degrees & Programs

Bates, Samantha

PhD Candidate

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests
School social work
Educational disparities
Underrepresented youth
Positive youth development
Family-school-community partnerships
Social work and sport


Samantha Bates is a Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW) and PhD Candidate in her fourth year of the doctoral program. Bates obtained her MSW from Louisiana State University in 2012.  Her research interests include: school social work, educational disparities, access and retention (education), and positive youth development. Her dissertation focuses on identifying the barriers and supports that promote access and retention to higher education settings, as well as mitigate risks for school dropout, among underrepresented youth. Bates works with several different research initiatives and projects, including the Community and Youth Collaborative Institute (CAYCI;, which strives to inform research, practice, workforce preparation, and policy related to school social work, family support, positive youth development, and school-family-community partnerships. In addition, Bates also works for OSU LiFEsports (, a university-wide Initiative focused on enhancing the quality of youth development opportunities for youth, especially those who are most vulnerable. In this role, Bates is a program administrator for the LiFEsports Youth Leadership Academy; a college and career readiness and leadership development program serving approximately 60 youth in the Columbus area. Bates also serves as a part-time school social worker and field supervisor at a local drop-out recovery high school in Columbus – Early College Academy. To date, Bates has published several articles in well-respected social work and social science journals, and co-authored three book chapters. Bates was recently awarded the Albert Schweitzer Fellowship in 2017, and currently serves on the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Doctoral Student Taskforce.  Bates is expected to graduate in May of 2018.