Dr. Laura D. Edler

  • Position:  Visiting Assistant Professor
  • Department:  Social Work
  • Office Location:  Building 85, Room 142
  • ledler1@uwf.edu
  • Campus: (850) 474-2375


Dr. Laura D. Edler is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work.

In addition to her teaching assignments, Edler previously served as Title IV-E Stipend Coordinator for three years, which educated and trained social workers to advocate for child safety, family preservation and permanency, focusing on the areas of child abuse and neglect.

Edler’s accomplishments outside the classroom include developing a grant proposal to use simulation activities to strengthen child welfare professional skills and using civic engagement projects and digital storytelling for education. She also co-authored of the Life Style Education and Counseling Program Manual, addressing teen pregnancy for the Escambia County Mental Health Center.

Edler, who has taught numerous Social Work courses at UWF since 2000, began her career as a licensed practical nurse and became a social work. In 1990 she developed and managed the Florida District One medical foster care program.

In 2007 Edler earned a Doctorate in Education at UWF. Her dissertation analyzed parenting styles and success factors for elementary school children.

She holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from Florida State University and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from UWF.

Her dedication to community and passion for children is evident through her involvement with various organizations.

Degrees & Institutions:

Edler received her Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from the University of West Florida. She went on to receive a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Florida State University. Edler returned to UWF to earn a Doctorate in Education.

Current Courses:

  • Introduction to the Field of Social Work
  • History, Philosophy & Theory
  • Adolescent at Risk
  • Case Management
  • Dimensions of Death & Dying

Classes Taught:

    • Introduction to Child Welfare
    • Advanced Child Welfare
    • Senior Seminar
    • Integrative Seminar I & II

Special Interests:

  • Justice and Equality for All
  • Kinship Care
  • Dropout Prevention
  • Pipeline to Prison Prevention
  • Community Service

Keywords: digital storytelling for education, strengthening social worker skills, parenting styles and children’s academic achievements, medical foster care