|Associate Professor, Social Work
Human Behavior in the Social Environment
Foundation Skills in SW Practice
Program Evaluation and Development in SW Practice
Introduction to Evaluation Research
Group Work in SW Practice
Research and Personal Interests:
School Dropout Intervention and Prevention, Hmong Family Stories to Preserve Oral Histories in the South, Technology and Chronically Disruptive Students, Program and Practice Evaluation in Alternative Education Settings, Social Work Pedagogy, Enjoys interdisciplinary collaboration and research, that makes a difference for people. Integrates teaching, mentoring, and researching with students for a synergistic effect on the personal and professional development of students.
Dissertation: An Evaluation of Psychosocial and Educational Outcomes in an Alternative Educational Program
AB (1977), MSW (1994), PhD (1999) The University of Georgia, Athens, GA.
Undergraduate Areas of Emphasis:
The Political Power of Southern Women: Social and Economic Gender Roles Reconstruction of the Old South 1836-1936
Gender Roles in 20th Century American Short Stories and Drama
Graduate Work in Public Relations: Political Television Image Creation: Deconstructing Carter-Ford Debates Using Public Opinion Polls
MSW Exit Thesis: Application of a Multi-Systemic Dropout Intervention and Prevention Model (The Family-School-Community Collaboration Model): A Successful Case Study.
Awards won and who awarded them to you:
Engagement and Outreach Scholar, Office of Engagement, Innovation, and Economic Development, 2009-10
Recipient of Research Award for College of Human Ecology, 2008-09
Recognition for Teaching and Mentoring MSW Students, Graduate Association of Social Workers, 2007-08.
Recipient for 'Outstanding Scholar-Teacher' CHE, ECU, 2005-06
Recipient Award for Service to the Profession, the Association for the Advancement of Education Research (AAER), 2002-03
Outstanding Researchers-Graduate Students (Seven graduate students in Research Elective SOCW6089-Spring 2002) ECU & 5th the Association for the Advancement of Education Research (AAER) Annual Conference, Ponte Vedra, FL, 2002-03.
Teaching Grant for Skills Lab Development ECU Faculty Senate, 2001-02.
What City, State, or Country are you originally from?
Born in Lake Preston, SD
Grew up in Hull, GA (outside of Athens)
Some type of quote you live by:
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and to endure the betrayal of false friends. To appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Something interesting about yourself?
Trained and Showed Quarter Horses for 10 years
Wrote two position papers as a student intern for [then-Governor] President Carter: The Politics of Human Reproduction (1975) and Juvenile Correctional Reform in Georgia (1975)
Loves sports, especially football, soccer, and tennis
Never misses ESPN Game Day