2013 -2014 Academic Year:
Wednesday: 1 - 2 p.m.
Thursday: 9 - 11 a.m.
Friday: 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Other times by appointment
I am a native Nebraskan and have lived in Nebraska all my life with the exception of two years in graduate school in Kansas and two years employed at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute at the University of South Florida in Tampa. I began teaching at NWU in August of 2002 when I accepted appointment as Associate Professor and Director of the Social Work Program. Prior to this I was an adjunct instructor at Metropolitan Community College in Omaha for seven years. For 19 years I was employed as a medical social worker specializing in the areas of oncology, bone marrow transplantation, hospice, and HIV/AIDS. In addition to my clinical work with these client groups I also spent time serving as a clinical supervisor and an assistant department director. I was also in a group private psychotherapy practice on a part-time basis for one year. As I progressed in my clinical career I became more interested in teaching and macro/social justice issues where my energies are now directed. Beginning in the fall of 2009 I began a new role in the Social Work program as Field Director. As I come off a sabbatical year for 2012-2013 I will return as Department Chair, Program Director and Field Director for 2013-2014.
Master of Social Work (MSW)
University of Kansas, 1983
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Double Major in Psychology & Sociology
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1980
Teaching is all about facilitating the learning process. I try to mix it up with various methods but the bottom line is that the classroom should be a safe place for the exhanging of ideas, learning new perspectives, and promoting learning as a life-long process.
Social Work 120: Social Welfare Policy, Services & Delivery Systems
Social Work 127: Human Behavior and the Social Environment I
Social Work 128: Human Behavior and the Social Environment II
Social Work 209: Macro Practice
Social Work 225: Strengths Perspective Practice
Social Work 245: Social Work in Health Care
Social Work 291: Independent Advanced Readings
Social Work 293: Native American Field Studies
Social Work 296: Special Projects
Social Work 297: Field Practicum
Interdisciplinary Studies 001: Poverty in the Land of Plenty
Interdisciplinary Studies 001: The Beatles!
Human Behavior and the Social Environment II: W,& F, 10 - 11:15 a.m.
Macro Practice: Th, 6 - 10 p.m. (mid-March to mid-May)
My interests are wide and varied but include poverty, health care, strengths perspective & solution-oriented practice applications, peace and justice issues, teaching pedagogy, environmental issues, improving relations with Indigenous communities, and advocating for legislation on social work issues. I recently co-authored a study guide in cooperation with Nebraskans for Peace to accompany the documentary "The Battle for Whiteclay" which depicts the illegal and immoral activities surronding the sale of alchoholic beverages to the Oglala Lakota on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Check out www.battleforwhiteclay.org for more information. I am particularly intersted in developing research and other strategies to develop better non-Native allies to work WITH Native Peoples.
I am a former past President of the Nebraska Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers where I chaired the Membership and Political Action for Candidiate Election committees.
I was a TeamMates mentor for 3 years.
I have served as Faculty Advisor for the NWU Global Service Learnig students on a service trip to the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.
I currently serve as Co-Director of the Peace and Justice Studies minor.
National Association of Social Workers - member since 1981, past Regional Representative, Delegate-at-Large, Vice-President & President of Nebraska Chapter
Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW), 1985 - present.
Alpha Sigma Lambda (non-traditional student honorary), 2003 - present.
Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Progarm Directors (BPD), 2002 - present.
Association of Oncology Social Work, Distinguished Membership Award, 1999.
Certified Master Social Worker, State of Nebraska, 1987 - present.
Council on Social Work Education, 2003 - present.
Licensed Mental Health Practitioner, State of Nebraska, 1994 - present.
Nebraskans for Peace, 1998 - present, Board Member 2005 - 2008.
Phi Alpha (Social Work Honoray), 2004 - present.