WHAT AREA DO YOU TEACH?
I teach social policy, Human Behavior in the Social Environment, and Cultural Diversity.
Ph.D. University of Kansas 2005
MSW University of Kansas 1985
YOUR PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING
I want students to think about why the world is the way it is, and what we can do to improve it. I want to challenge them to consider other perspectives and engage in critical thinking.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO TEACH?
It’s genetic. My mother and sister were teachers, as were most of my female cousins.
I’ve taught at Austin Peay State University from 2005-2012, here at SEMO from 2012 to 2016, and at Arkansas State from 2016-2019. Then I came back to SEMO.
Practicing as a LSCSW in rural mental health in Kansas. You get to do some of everything in rural practice and I had a lot of really fun clients. Probably the highlights were when I intervened to prevent a suicide, and got to work with the client and see them make real progress at changing their lives so they weren’t suicidal any more.
The one I most treasure is the desk clock the first graduating MSW class at APSU gave me, because It was an expression of their appreciation of the work I’d done so they could become MSWs.
ORGANIZATION WITH WHICH YOU ARE INVOLVED
Council on Social Work Education
MOST RECENT/NOTABLE PUBLISHED WORK
I managed the Consumer Satisfaction Survey for Children’s Mental Health for 8 statewide rounds of data collection while I was in grad school.
BEST ADVICE FOR STUDENTS
You’re paying tuition to be educated. Don’t cheat yourself by trying to cut corners. Get the biggest education you can get, because someday, a client’s life may depend upon your ability to assess and intervene.