- University of Louisville; University of Kentucky, PhD, Doctor of Philosophy in Social Work, 2008
- Spalding University, MSW, Social Work, 2001
- University of Louisville, BA, English, Spanish, 1999
Social media and Digital Technologies in Social Work
Diversity and Inclusion
Social Work Education and Technology
Civil Discourse in Prisons
I would introduce myself as a social worker with a passion for teaching and research, who brings that fervor directly into the classroom. Because my practice as a social worker directly influences my work as an academic, I incorporate my style of practice into the classroom. For me, education is transformational and liberating. As Freire (2004) states, “Liberation is a praxis: the action and reflection of men and women upon their world in order to transform it” (p. 79). The reciprocal nature of teaching and learning and the authentic engagement of those in both the classroom and community require a strong commitment to liberatory learning. It is my belief that every learner brings a wealth of wisdom (i.e. academic, practice, and practical) into the classroom. Because of this belief, my role tends to be one of a facilitator and my teaching style tends to be learner-centered, where responsibility and power is shared more equally, which is congruent with a liberatory learning model (Roche, Dewees, Trailweaver, Alexander, Cuddy, & Handy, 1999).
Jewell, Jennifer R. and Owens-King, Allessia (2017) Confronting carceral power through experiential learning in macro social work practice. pp. 403-413. Social Work Education.
Anthony, Rebecca S. and Jewell, Jennifer R. (2017) Students’ perceptions of using Twitter for learning in social work courses. vol. 35. no. 1. pp. 38-48. Journal of Technology in Human Services.
Jewell, Jennifer R. (2015) Too legit to quit: Gaining legitimacy through human rights organizing. Handbook on Poverty in the United States. pp. 522-530. Routledge.
B, Anthony, Jewell, Jennifer R. and Buchanan, Rachel L. (2016) Connecting with peers and professionals using Twitter. Teaching Social Work with Digital Technology. CSWE Press.
Stevens-Watkins, D, Perry, B, Pullen, E, Jewell, Jennifer R. and Oser, C (2014) Examining the associations of racism, sexism, and stressful life events on psychological distress among African American women. vol. 20. no. 4. pp. 561-569. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology.
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- Awards/HonorsPresident's Diversity Award, Honorable Mention for Race & Identity Lecture SeriesPresented by Salisbury University
Women on Distinction HonoreePresented by The Center for Women and Families
- Professional MembershipsCouncil on Social Work Education
Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors
Association for Community Organization and Social Administration
- Licensures and CertificationsKentucky Licensed Clinical Social Work,License #1932
- PresentationsA study of an educational tool investigating technology effectiveness and social connectednessNovember 2018CSWE Annual Program Meeting , Orlando, FLTechnology is an integral part of social work education and practice. Consequently, social work educators have a responsibility to teach social work students how to ethically and professionally use technology. This presentation discusses the development of a tool to assess the efficacy of incorporating Twitter in social work courses.
Successes and challenges for educating active duty military students and dependentsNovember, 9 2018CSWE Annual Program Meeting, Jacksonville, FLProviding social work education to active duty military students stationed overseas has unique challenges. Undergraduate and graduate social work faculty discuss challenges including distinctive needs of the military population, inter-institutional obstacles, field placement complications, and course scheduling issues, as well as successes and learning opportunities in this huge undertaking.
Diversity within Higher Education: A United States Rural Social Work PerspectiveJuly 20182018 Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development, Dublin, IrelandThis presentation will discuss a rural United States social work program’s attempt at addressing racial and class disparities through a cultural climate survey. In order to create educational settings where diverse experiences and thoughts are shared, it is important for programs to identify the attitudes and identities of students. This ultimately leads to safe spaces for learning, exploring, and sharing within the classroom. In an effort to create a more inclusive learning community, faculty from a rural social work program undertook a study focused on identifying social work students’ perspectives regarding cultural inclusivity within the program. The goal was to assist the program in identifying areas of growth so that students could be better equipped to create social responses that appeal to the changing communities in which they live and work. A convenience sampling method was utilized and the participants who agreed to participate in this study are were all pre-BSW, BSW, or MSW students. In general, findings suggest that the majority of participants felt as if tThey are accepted by the program. There were some findings that indicated concern relating to the diversity within types of student activities and the demographic makeup of faculty/staff within the program. This presentation will discuss the findings from the survey and highlight areas of concern and strength. In addition, the presentation will highlight strategies that have been put into place to address areas of disparity and exclusion within the social work program. Ultimately, participants will learn how to create an education environment which works to achieve equal opportunity and justice for all of their students.
- Service Activities and Community Relations
SU Faculty Senate
Elected 2017; Vice President 2018-current
SU Prison Book Discussion Program
Weekly facilitator (2015-current). Facilitators lead weekly discussion groups at Eastern Correctional Institution, a medium security men’s prison. Discussions center on the impacts of inequality on individuals, families, communities, and society from the perspective of individuals entangled in the criminal justice system. Recruit and mentor social work students who also lead discussion groups.
IPPS Mentoring Program
Board of Directors (2017-current). IPPS’ mission is to promote high quality education and promote a nurturing and caring environment for the incarcerated. Supervise social work interns for the organization.
- Press Releases
SU's School of Social Work Hosts Virtual Teach-In on COVID-19
Friday, April 03, 2020
SU's School of Social Work Awards $70,000 in Scholarships
Thursday, February 06, 2020
SU Celebrates Faculty, Staff Successes
Tuesday, January 07, 2020
SU Hosts Third International Women's Day Conference, 'Seeking Justice'
Monday, February 18, 2019