Hillary Cole

Assistant Professor and Social Work Program Director
College of Professional Studies
Social Work and Criminal Justice
D.S.W, 2021, St. Thomas
M.S.W., 2009, Dominican University
B.S.W. and B.A. (Spanish), 2005, Olivet Nazarene University

Professor Cole joined Olivet's full-time faculty in 2015. She teaches classes on social work practice, aging, and human behavior in the social environment. Her licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker is from the State of Illinois.

Her most recent professional experiences includes providing social services to World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans and their families at Thomson-Hood Veterans Center in Wilmore, Kentucky. Prior to that she was lead case manager in the Senior Services Department of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, where she coordinated services for seniors to remain independent in their own homes.

Fluent in Spanish, Professor Cole was a bilingual therapist for child survivors of sexual assault at Kankakee County Center Against Sexual Assault (KC-CASA) in Kankakee, Illinois. For one year, she served as a volunteer missionary with the Church of the Nazarene in Quito, Ecuador. As an Olivet student, she studied abroad in Spain and traveled to several European countries.

She is a member of Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society and Sigma Delta Pi Spanish Honor Society.

Professor Cole enjoys photography using her Nikon D5100. Travel is also high on her priority list, especially to Spanish-speaking countries and South America. One of her dreams is to return to Europe with her husband, Ian.

For leisure time and relaxation, she especially enjoys reading spiritual formation books by authors Henri Nouwen, Richard Foster and David Benner. You may also find her in the kitchen, eating chocolate peanut butter ice cream or baking for the holidays. Journaling and exploring the beauty of nature outdoors are two of her favorite activities. And coffee makes every day better, in her opinion.

She and Ian were married in 2008. They are the parents of one son, Elijah, and one daughter, Josephine.