Margaret Tullos Field Symposium

19th Annual Margaret Tullos Field Symposium, Feb. 23, 2024

Theme: “Unmasking the Delta’s Hidden World of Substance Abuse”

The Margaret Tullos Field Symposium is an annual Social Work educational training event in honor of former professor and field director in social work, Margaret Tullos.

Conference Location:

Jacob Conference Center, Ewing Hall



8 – 8:30 AM: Registration/Refreshments
8:30 – 8:40 AM: Welcome from Delta State University Administration
8:40 – 8:50 AM: Introductions by Dr. Jana Donahoe, Chair, DSU BSW Program
8:50 – 10:05 AM: Keynote Speaker David Magee. Author of Dear William: A Father’s Memoir of Addiction, Recovery, Love, and Loss.
10:05 – 10:15 AM: Refreshment Break
10:15 – 11:30 AM: Keynote Speaker David Magee. Author of Dear William: A Father’s Memoir of Addiction, Recovery, Love, and Loss
11:30 AM – 12:45 PM: Lunch


12:45 – 2 PM: Presenter: Thomas Byars, LMSW “Adults Substance Abuse”
2 – 2:15 PM: Refreshment Break
2:15 – 3:30 PM: Presenter: Charlotte Bryant, Outreach Coordinator for Stand Up, Mississippi. “What’s Happening Now?”
3:30 – 4:45 PM: Panel Discussion: Empowering Professionals to Tackle Substance Abuse
4:45 – 5 PM: Evaluation and Presentation of Certificates/Wrap-Up


Registration Fee: $125

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Registration closes Feb. 16, 2024.

6 Available CE units

  • 6.00 General

For More Information, please contact

Dr. Loretta Jackson
(662) 846-4409

Symposium Speaker

David Magee, Tullos Symposium 2024 Keynote Speaker

David Magee

Best-selling author

David Magee is the bestselling author of the award-winning book “Dear William: A Father’s Memoir of Addiction, Recovery, Love and Loss.” Featured on CBS Mornings, “Dear William” is a Publisher’s Weekly national bestseller, a Best Book of the South 2021 (Reckon), and it received a Starred Review from Kirkus. David’s forthcoming book is “A Little Crazy: A Memoir of Finding Purpose and Joy Amid the Madness” (September 2024).

His guide book Things Have Changed: What Every Parent (and Educator) Should Know About the Student Mental Health, Substance Misuse Crisis published in August 2023, as an expansion of the popular mental health and substance misuse talk he delivers in schools.

David is a sought-after speaker in schools, universities and companies nationwide, addressing students and parents about mental health and substance misuse challenges and solutions, and an educational and motivational speaker to businesses and non-profits about finding lasting joy and purpose. His message about what is often a difficult topic is well-received by audiences because it is inspirational and ultimately uplifting.

Learn More about David

Margaret Tullos
Professor Emeritus of Social Work

The field symposium began in 2005 and was renamed in 2009 after Professor Emeritus of Social Work Margaret Tullos, who taught at Delta State from 1989 to 2008 and was the director of field education in social work. Previous symposium themes have included “Awareness, Advocacy, Action: What Will You Do with Your Seat at the Table?”; “Enhancing Social Justice through Rural Initiatives”; and “Youth and Family Advocacy.” Previous keynote speakers have included Kathryn Boles, president and CEO of Valley Area Agency on Aging; Trina George, Mississippi director of United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development; and William Bell, president and chief executive officer of Casey Family Programs serving foster care.