JoNataye Prather

If there was ever an advocate for social work and students, it is JoNataye Prather, Ph.D. the new chair of the UI&U Social Work undergraduate program. “I am passionate about supporting students through education to transform their lives. I take into consideration their holistic and academic needs.”

The servant leader brings 15 years of experience in the social work and education fields as a college administrator, assistant professor, education coach and non-profit consultant. Students, educators and human service practitioners nationwide have benefited from her insightfulness, compassion and spirit of enthusiasm to transform their organization, professional and personal lives.

She is excited to put her stamp on UI&U’s fully online bachelor’s program with a major in Social Work. “My goal is to transform our students into social work practitioners by strengthening our curriculum and providing added value resources,” said Dr. Prather who wrote the forward for “The Best College Student Survival Guide Ever Written” and recently released the book, “Don’t Even Think About Getting Your Ph.D. Without Reading This Book First”.

Dr. Prather is truly enthusiastic about empowering students with her inspirational quotes that have attracted over 20,000 followers on her Instagram account.

She strives to emulate a quote from her mother, JoEthel Prather: “The ability to begin is useless without the willingness to endure.”

Dr. Prather earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and African-American Studies (1999), Master’s in Social Work (2001), and PhD (2010) from The Ohio State University.

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