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Daniel Liechty

Professor of Social Work
School of Social Work
Rachel Cooper - RC 325
Office Hours
I can schedule you for an appointment most anytime 8 AM - 4 PM, M-F, except for scheduled teaching and committee times. Please call for an appointment (or take your chances and just drop by.)
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Current Courses

225.001Human Behavior In The Social Environment II

225.002Human Behavior In The Social Environment II

479.001Practice With Older Adults

402.001Human Behavior I

223.001Human Behavior In The Social Environment I

223.002Human Behavior In The Social Environment I

Research Interests & Areas

Social Work theory, post-Freudian anthropology, death education, aging and society, and medical ethics

MSW Clinical Social Work

Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Research
Bryn Mawr, PA

Other Pastoral Counseling

Graduate Theological Foundation
South Bend IN

Ph D Historical Theology

University of Vienna
Vienna Austria

MA Peace Studies/Ethics

Associated Mennonite Seminaries
Elkhart IN

BS Religion and Philosophy

Eastern Mennonite College
Harrisonburg, VA

Distinguished Lecturer in Arts and Sciences

Illinois State University College of Arts and Sciences

Marquis Who's Who in America


Marquis Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare


Illinois State University Research Initiative Award

Illinois State University

Marquis Who’s Who in the East


Directory of American Scholars


Book Review

Liechty, D. Evolving Brains, Emerging Gods; Early Humans and the Origins of Religion. Religion 48.3 (2018): 500-503.
Liechty, D. One Nation After Trump. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare 45.2 (2018): 181-185.
Liechty, D. Religion: What It Is, How It Work and Why It Matters. Religion 48.4 (2018): 663-665.
Liechty, D. The Human Instinct. Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare 45.4 (2018): 200-204.
Liechty, D. Can We Survive Our Origins?. Religion Taylor & Francis 47.3 (2017): 542-545.

Book, Chapter in Non-Scholarly Book-New

Liechty, D. Estate Tax. ABC-Clio (2016): 71-80.

Book, Chapter in Non-Scholarly Book-Revised

Liechty, D. Hospice social work. L. Grobman, ed., Days in the lives of social workers second revised (1999) edition. White Hat Publications (1999): 239-246.

Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New

The biology of decision: Implications of neuroscience research for end-of-life care. (co-written) chapter in Our Changing Journey to the End: Reshaping Death, Dying and Grief in American. Praeger/ABC-CLIO 2014

Liechty, D. Response: Joining the God of history and of the philosophers?. A. Soffin. Rethinking religion: Beyond scientism, theism and philosophical doubt. Cascadia Publishing House (2011): 416-419.
Liechty, D., & Rempel, J. The mystery of baptism. J.D.Rempel, ed. Joerg Maler’s Kun-stbuch: Writings of the Pilgram Marpeck Circle. Pandora Press (2010): 115-136.

End-of-Life Care. Chapter in Encyclopedia of Social Work with Groups. Routledge 2008.

Principalities and powers: A social science perspective. Book, Chapter in Transforming the Powers: Peace, Justice, and the Domination System 2006

Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-Revised

Hospice social work, Book, Chapter in Days in the Lives of Social Workers 2005

Book, Chapter in Textbook-New

Clinical practice with groups in end-of-life care. (co-written) chapter in Living with dying: A comprehensive resource for end-of-life healthcare practitioners. Columbia University Press 2004

Book, Scholarly-New

The Ernest Becker Reader. University of Washington Press 2005

Reflecting on faith in a post-Christian time. Cascadia Press 2003

Transference and transcendence: Ernest Becker’s contribution to psychotherapy. ason Aronson Inc 1995

Liechty, D. Sabbatarianism in the sixteenth century. Andrews University Press (1993)
Liechty, D. Theology in postliberal perspective. Cascadia Press (1990)

Journal Article, Academic Journal

Liechty, D., & Martin, J. Ernest Becker' Dark Turn (1971-1973): A Spiritual Deepening. Journal of Humanistic Psychology 56.1 (2017): 1-17.

Thoughts on reading Peter L. Bergers recent memoir. Review Article, Critical Social Work 2014

Technology, consciousness and the transitional symbolic self Journal of Teaching in Social Work 2012

Generative death anxiety and the dialogue among civilizations Advances in sociology research 2010

Transference and terror, book chapter in Reflective Practice: Formation and Supervision in Ministry 2008

Journal Article, Professional Journal

Sacred content, secular context Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care 2013

Journal Article, Public or Trade Journal

The Social Psychology of Fear. in A Matters of Spirit: The Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center Quarterly 2006

Magazine/Trade Publication

Liechty, D. 2000 years of history make a difference. Anabaptist-Mennonite Scholars Network 4.3 (2001): 5-6.
Liechty, D. ‘Anabaptist-Mennonite’ designation is tied to peoplehood. Anabaptist-Mennonite Scholars Network 3.1 (2000): 2.
Liechty, D. The royal priesthood. The Mennonite 111 (1996): 23.
Liechty, D. Essays in anabaptist theology. The Mennonite 110 (1995): 23.
Liechty, D. The politics of Jesus. The Mennonite 110 (1995): 23.


The shorter writings of Ernest Becker (1960-1973). Ernest Becker Foundation 2000

Abstracts of the complete writings of Ernest Becker. Ernest Becker Foundation 1996


Thoughts on the consumerist model of education. The Catalyst: Center for the Advancement of Teaching 2004

Liechty, D. Kramer on Rank. The Ernest Becker Foundation Newsletter 6.4 (1999): 1-2.
Liechty, D. Feuerbach and the Interpretation of Religion. The Ernest Becker Foundation Newsletter 4.5 (1997): 2-3.


Chasing Our Tales: Mortality Awareness and the Deep Structures of Human Motivation and Experience. Distinguished Lecture. Illinois State University College of Arts and Sciences. (2018)
How We View "The Other" plus 2 other session addresses. Wildacres Summer Interfaith Institute 2017. Great Carolina Association of Rabbis. (2017)
OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Promoting Critical Thought And Inclusive Perspectives In The Classroom. Culturally Responsive Campus Community 2016 Conference. CRCC at Illinois State University. (2016)
Safety and Security in a World in Which Each and Every One of Us Dies. Family Safety and Security. Illinois Council on Family Relations. (2014)
A Psychosocial Theory of Religion: Its Significance for Academic Religious Studies. Why Study Religion?. ISU Dept. of Philosophy. (2013)
Summary Comment. Summer Institute: Finitude and Faithful Care of the Dying. Department of Oncology – Swedish Hospital. (2011)
Symposium on Aging. Illinois State University. (2010)
Recap(itulation). Symposium on Technology, Distraction and Immortality. University of Washington, in conjunction with The Ernest Becker Foundation. (2009)
Recovering the Heroism of Democratic Citizenship. Understanding Violence: Tools for Educators and Communities. Seattle University. (2009)
A Social Worker’s Perspective. Patient Directed Dying: Ethics and Issues of Care at Life’s Ending. Seattle University. (2008)

Grants & Contracts

Summer 2002 grant from the Ernest Becker Foundation. Ernest Becker Foundation. (2002)
Summer 2001 NFIG (2001)
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