Dr. Giesela Grumbach

  Associate Professor
  708-235-7690 ext. 7690
  Office Location: G192
  College: CHHS

Social Work


Giesela Grumbach received her Master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University of Chicago and her PhD in Social Work from University of Illinois at Chicago. Dr. Grumbach also holds a two-year postgraduate certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy from the Family Institute at Northwestern University. She is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and holds a professional educator license (PEL) for school social work.

Dr. Grumbach's work experience shapes her interests in many ways. Prior to her career in academia, she worked in medical and mental health settings, schools, and as a private practitioner/mitigation specialist. These varied experiences provide her with a breadth of knowledge that in turn informs her teaching.

Dr. Grumbach coordinates the school social work specialization and currently teaches School Social Work Practice, Policy for School Social Workers, Generalist Practice II, Contexts and Theories in Practice with Children and Families, and Social Work and Social Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Grumbach began working for GSU as a full time lecturer in 2013 before moving into the Director of Field Education position. In 2015, she entered her current position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work within the College of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Grumbach loves the profession of social work and has a vested interest in helping to vet the next generation of social workers. What she loves about working at Governors State University is teaching across the curriculum because it allows her to reach different students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. She is often encouraged by students who are newly introduced to social work as they display an enthusiastic level of energy as they learn about the helping profession. Likewise, students who are more seasoned, bring lived experiences and practice knowledge to the learning environment.

Dr. Grumbach’s publications focus on social work practice and work with vulnerable groups. Her scholarship includes past participation on the Governors State University (GSU) and University of Illinois Cancer Center (UICC) Disparities Education Program (GUIDE). The GUIDE was a P20 National Cancer Institute funded career development, training, mentorship and research grant. As an early stage investigator (ESI), she was engaged as a co-researcher on two research projects focused on addressing cancer health disparities among African American women, titled: “Creating a mobile device-based educational intervention for African American women with hereditary breast cancer risk.”

As a published author Dr. Grumbach has co-authored a book titled, “Critical Service Learning Toolkit: Social Work Strategies for Promoting Healthy Youth Development” published by Oxford Press.