Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.
inclusion and equity in the context of teaching and learning
Social Work education
families and social systems
Biography / Academic Background
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.
Research Interests / Ongoing Projects
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.
Awards and Achievements
Laurier Teaching Fellow, 2014-2015.
Nominated for Laurier’s Teaching Excellence Award, 2006.
Twice nominated for Hoffman-Little Alumni Teaching Award at Laurier.
Robyn Allen Award, Anaphylaxis Canada, 2004.
Student Opportunities / Supervising
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.
Mandell, D., Shalan, H., Stalker, C. & Caragara, L. “Writing for publication: Assessment of a social work doctoral course”. Journal of Teaching in Social Work (in press).
Yu, N. & Mandell, D. Subversive social action: Extra-legal and Illegal Action for Social Justice. (In press).
Mandell, D., Wright, M., Stalker, C., Harvey, C. “Sinking, swimming or sailing: A study of child welfare employees’ experiences of job satisfaction and emotional exhaustion”. Child & Family Social Work (2013).
Mandell, D. “Power, care and vulnerability: Considering use of self in child welfare practice”. Journal of Social Work Practice (2008).
Mandell, D. (Ed.) Revisiting the use of self in social work: Questioning professional identities (2007).
Mandell, D. Deadbeat dads: Subjectivity and social construction (2003).