My undergraduate degree is in English Language and Literature from University of Toronto, my MSW from Carleton University. After 15 years as a professional social worker, I returned to earn a PhD in Social Work from University of Toronto (1997). I have been a full time faculty member in Social Work at Laurier since 1998.
I have published three books and numerous articles. I teach practice-oriented MSW courses, the PhD writing course and I oversee the English as Additional Language Seminar series as well as the MSW Writing Workshops. I have done guest teaching in Ireland, Taiwan, China, Israel and Malta, and I have been an instructor for the Inside Out program.
For a number of years my research focused on families in interaction with social systems: health, justice and child welfare. More recently, my attention has been focused on exploring reflexivity and various dimensions of teaching and learning in social work education. I am wrapping up a study of Canadian and Irish field instructors’ incorporation of reflexivity in their teaching and have recently launched a project whose objective is to create online video training for faculty and students on intercultural groupwork.
The English as Additional Language (EAL) Seminar series which I oversee regularly requires a doctoral TA position involving a high degree of autonomy and a wide range of skill development. Currently, my Teaching Fellowship project includes one TA position requiring theater training and one RA position requiring website building skills. I often require an RA to do literature reviews or data analysis.
I currently supervise several doctoral students and am a member of several Doctoral Advisory Committees. I am open to considering MSW thesis supervision/committee membership.
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