Jane A. Kretzschmar, LCSW

Jane A. Kretzschmar, LCSW

Clinical Professor Emeritus

Jane Aronson Kretzschmar currently serves as a Clinical Professor, after serving as the Assistant Dean for Master’s Programs for 13 years and as Director of Field Education for both graduate and undergraduate field for over 10 years. She joined the clinical faculty of The University of Texas at Austin Steve Hicks School of Social Work in 1989.

Professor Kretzschmar was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Professor Kretzschmar held several different positions before joining The University of Texas at Austin. She was Director of Social Services for the Jewish Federation of Austin, a private non-profit organization; Employee Assistance Program Specialist and Alcohol Program Coordinator for the Family Service Agency of Princeton, New Jersey; and Assistant Coordinator for the University of Michigan Faculty and Staff Assistance Program.

Professor Kretzschmar has taught a graduate direct practice field immersion elective as well as practice courses and integrative seminars to both graduate and undergraduate students in field, served as a faculty liaison to those students, and taught an undergraduate alcoholism and drug abuse elective. Her professional interests are in the areas of Gatekeeping in Social Work Education, Field Education, and Employee Assistance Programs.

Professor Kretzschmar is co-editor of the book Case Scenarios for Teaching and Learning Social Work Practice published by the Council on Social Work Education in 2001. She has developed Employee Assistance Programs for various private corporations and has presented at national and state conferences. She is licensed by the state of Texas as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is also a member of the Academy of Certified Social Workers, the National Association of Social Workers, and the Council on Social Work Education where she is a certified accreditation site visitor. Professor Kretzschmar serves on the Leadership Circle of Communities In Schools of Central Texas (CIS), a dropout prevention program after completing seven years of service on the CIS Board of Directors including one year as Board President.

Professor Kretzschmar and her husband, Peter, have twin daughters who are currently working in Dallas and Los Angeles.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Interests

Gatekeeping in social work education, field education, school social work, social work values and ethics, individual and family counseling, employee assistance programs.


  • M.S.W., University of Michigan
  • B.A., University of Michigan



Social Work Building (SSW)


Mailing Address

The University of Texas at Austin
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd
STOP D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358