I believe in an approach to learning that values adult learning theory. I see adult learners as self-directed, and I blend experiential classroom activities with supplemental lecture where appropriate. I encourage students to be in charge of their own learning through questioning, advocating, and practicing.
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SOWK 302 HUM BEHAVIOR SOCIAL ENVIR II (Spring 2020)
Examines communities, groups and organizations as social systems and environmental contexts. Reflects social work’s values and principles in the macro social environment and the integration of theories drawn from sociology, psychology, biology, anthropology and economics to understand and critically analyze the multiple influences on human behavior as affected by race, class, gender, age and sexual orientation. Develops macro-assessment skills within the framework of empowerment. Prerequisites: SOWK 200, 300 or permission of instructor. Four hours per week.
SOWK 630 THEOR ANALYSIS OF BEHAVIOR II (Spring 2020)
Examines the development of communities and organizations as social systems. Human behavior as affected by race, class, gender, age, and sexual orientation is a major component. Reflects social work's unique integration of theories drawn from sociology, psychology, biology, anthropology and economics to understand the multiple influences on behavior. Macro sociological theories for critical analyses of society, communities, social institutions and social organizations are presented. Develops macro assessment skills. Prerequisite: SOWK 610 or permission of department. Three hours per week.
SOWK 680 ADV PRACTICE WITH GROUPS (Spring 2020)
Builds upon theoretical perspectives from human behavior and the social environment, knowledge and skills from generalist practice courses, and theory and skills from the specialized practice curriculum. The course familiarizes the practitioner with the concept of the group as a therapeutic community and introduces theories and evidence-based models appropriate for group practice with diverse populations. Prerequisite/Corequisite: SOWK 650 with a grade of C or better or permission of department. Three hours per week.
I am currently the Chair of the University Committee on Promotions.
I serve as a member on the Graduate Council.
I serve on the Continuing Education Committee for Delaware National Association of Social Workers.