The University of St. Thomas

School of Social Work

Barbara W. Shank, Ph.D.

Barbara W. Shank, Ph.D.

Barbara W Shank

Dean of the School of Social Work, Professor

bwshank@stthomas.edu
Phone: (651) 962-5801
Fax: (651) 962-5819

SCB 201
2115 Summit Ave,
St. Paul, MN 55105

Office Location: 203 Summit Classroom Building - UST

Courses taught in Fall 2014 at UST
DRSW 710-01
43363
Social Work Education --- TBD

3 Credit Hours

This course provides a foundation for analyzing the continuum of social work education in the United States from pre-social work curricula (community college - baccalaureate – masters) through the doctoral degree. It explores the philosophy and process of accreditation both professional and regional. It examines generalist and specialized curriculum models (explicit curriculum) and context, faculty, financial resources (implicit curriculum). Special emphasis is placed on understanding the history, philosophy and values of social work education. The role of professional social work educational associations and their relationship to professional practice associations will be reviewed. International social work education will be explored.

Committees and Positions:

  • Dean and Professor, School of Social Work
  • UST, Dean’s Council
  • Co-Chair, School of Social Work Board of Advisors
  • Human Resources Advisory Committee
  • University Affirmative Action Committee
  • Sexual Harassment Investigator

Courses Taught:                                                    

  • Group Theory and Practice
  • Senior Field Instruction and Seminar
  • Clinical Research Seminar

Academic Experience:

  • B.A., Macalester College
  • M.S.W., Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Current Research Interests:                                               

  • Sexual harassment: academic and field
  • Sexual violence
  • Boundary issues and ethics
  • Curriculum and program development
  • Outcome assessment

Practice Experience:                                          

  • (1971-1981) Ramsey County Department of Community Corrections, Domestic Relations Division. Family Court Counselor, Community Corrections Worker III 
  • (1973) Community-University Health Care Center, Mental Health Unit. Graduate Field Placement, Social Worker. 
  • (1970-1971) Montgomery Ward Regional Office.  MA-3 Instructor/Counselor.

Awards:

  • Named as one of the 125 most Interesting and Influential People in the 125 Years of the University of St. Thomas (2009).
  • Presidential Award, Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors (2008).
  • Recipient of the Distinguished Citizen Citation, Macalester College (2000).
  • Recipient of Social Worker of the Year Award for the State of Minnesota by the National Association of Social Workers, Minnesota Chapter (1993).

Publications

  • Shank, B.W. & Wenstrom, W.P., "Basswood Beach Resort and Canoe Trips." Wilderness News, Summer 2011.
  • Shank, B.W. & Wenstrom, W.P., “Big Bill Wenstrom Last Man Standing.”  Wilderness News, Spring 2010.
  • Shank, B.W., “Father Hans Stapel.” University of St. Thomas, Opus Prize Website, 2009. http://www.stthomas.edu/opusprize/stapel/essay-shank.html
  • Shank, B.W.,  "Love thy God-Love thy Neighbor", Charities USA, Winter 2008.
  • Briar-Lawson, K. , Korr, W., White, B., Vroom, P., Zobora, J., Middleton, J., Shank, B., & Schatz, M.  "Advancing Administrative Supports for Research Development", Social Work Research - A Journal of the National Association of Social Workers, Vol. 32, No. 4, December 2008.
  • Brenden, M.A. & Shank, B.W.,  "Social Work for Social Justice:  Extending Our Professional Commitment to Justice", BPD Update Online, Spring 2008.
  • Shank, B.W. & Herman, W.R., “Geriatric Enrichment:  Guaranteeing A Place For Aging In the Curriculum”, Fostering Social Work Gerontology Competence, The Haworth Press Inc., New York, NY, 2007.
  • Shank, B.W., “The Call to Justice:  Social Work in Catholic Higher Education”.  Social Work & Christianity, Spring. 2007.
  • Shank. B.W. & Herman, W.R. “Geriatric Enrichment: Guaranteeing A Place For Aging In the Curriculum”, Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Vol. 48, No.1/2, 2006.    
  • Shank, B. W.  & Thornton, S., "Marketing the BSW Program A Blend of Creativity, Ideas, and Resources",  BPD Update, Winter 2006.
  • Shank, B. & Herman, W. (2004). Geriatric Enrichment: Guaranteeing a place for aging in the curriculum. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Vol. 48, No.1/2, 2006.
  • Shank, B.W. & Herman, W. R., "Geriatric Enrichment: Guaranteeing A Place For Aging In the Curriculum", Fostering Social Work Gerontology Competence, The Haworth Press Inc., New York, NY, 2007.
  • Peebles-Wilkins, W. & Shank, B. (2003). A response to Charles Couger: Shaping the future of social work as an institutional response to students. Journal of Social Work Education.
  • Baskind, F., Shank, B. & Ferraro, E. (2001) Accountability for Professional Practice: Assessment in Social Work Education, Assessment of Student Competency in Accredited Disciplines: Illustrative Care Studies, Stylus Publishers.
  • Sheafor, B. & Shank, B. (1998). Undergraduate Social Work Education: A Survivor in a Changing Profession, Updated. BPD Update. Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors.
  • Shank, B.W. (1997). Ten reasons to develop (and not to develop) a master's program in social work. Social Work Education Reporter, 45(1).
  • Shank, B.W. (1995). A well kept secret- The rightful place of social work in Catholic higher education. In The idea of a Catholic university. St. Paul, MN: University of St. Thomas.
  • Sheafor, B.W. & Shank, B.W. (1995). The bachelor's level workers: Who are they and what do they do? In Practice-sensitive social work education. Alexandria, VA: Council on Social Work Education.
  • Shank, B.W. & Barretta-Herman, A. (1995). Invited commentary- Application of curriculum analysis methodology. In Practice-sensitive social work education. Alexandria, VA: Council on Social Work Education.
  • Shank, B.W. (1994). [Review of the book, Sexual harassment in the workplace: Law and practice]. The Journal of Law and Social Work, 5(2).
  • Shank, B.W. (1994). Point/counterpoint- Must schools of social work be freestanding? Yes! Journal of Social Work Education, 30(3). Alexandria, VA: Council on Social Work Education.
  • Shank, B.W. (1993). The relationship between the generalist curriculum and tasks performed by BSW practitioners. In The BPD Forum- Facing the Challenges to Undergraduate Social Work Education: Harboring the Fruits of the Past- Anchoring the Visions of the Future.
  • Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors.
  • Shank, B.W. (1993). An exploration of the relationship between the generalist practice framework and job tasks performed by baccalaureate social workers. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Minnesota.
  • Shank, B.W. (1992). Leonard Withington Mayo: A legacy of leadership. In Andrews, J. (Ed.), From vision to action: Social workers of the second generation. St. Paul, MN: The College of St. Catherine/The University of St. Thomas.
  • Shank, B.W. (Ed.) (1991). The BPD forum- BSW education for practice: Reality and fantasy. Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors.
  • Teare, R.J., Shank, B.W. & Sheafor, B.W. (1989). The national survey of BSW practitioners (A status report). In New horizons: Expanding directions for baccalaureate social work education, Proceedings of the Seventh Annual BPD Conference.
  • Shank, B.W. (1988). Institutional prestige: A mosaic of innumerable pieces. In Papers 1987. St. Paul, MN: College of St. Thomas.
  • Sheafor, B.W. & Shank, B.W. (1986). Undergraduate social work education: A survivor in a changing profession. In Otis, J., Austin, D., Rubin, A. (Eds.), Monograph Series on Social Work Education, School of Social Work, The University of Texas at Austin.
  • Brenden, M.A. & Shank, B.W. (1985). Educating rural social worker: A program model. Proceedings, Ninth National/Second International Institute on Social Work in Rural Areas.
  • Shank, B.W. & Brenden, M.A. (1985). Design and implementation of a baccalaureate social work program in a weekend time frame. Non-Traditional and Interdisciplinary Programs. George Mason University.
  • Shank, B.W. (1985, July-August). Considering a career in occupational social work? EAP Digest.

Consultation Experience:

  • 2011) Gannon University, Consultant for reaffirmation for BSW Program.
  • (2011) Spalding University, Consultant for reaffirmation of BSW and MSW Programs.
  • (2011) Calvin College, Consultant for reaffirmation of BSW Program.
  • (2011) Syracuse University, Consultant for reaffirmation of BSW of BSW and MSW Program.
  • (2011) Florida Memorial University, Consultant for reaffirmation of BSW Program.
  • (2011) University of Alaska, Fairbanks, Consultant for reaffirmation of BSW Program and Strategic Planning.
  • (2010) St. Mary’s College. Consultant for reaffirmation of BSW Program.
  • (2009) New Mexico State University, Consultant on reaffirmation of BSW and MSW Programs.
  • (2009) St. Louis University, Consultant for reaffirmation of MSW Program.
  • (2009) Convener (with Carolyn Jacobs and Ira Colby), Development of Advanced Social Work  Practice in Clinical Social Work Model, Council on Social Work Education.
  • (2009) University of Tennessee. Consultant for reaffirmation of BSW and MSW Programs.
  • (2009) Adelphi University. Consultant for reaffirmation of MSW Program.
  • (2009) Savannah State University.  Consultant for reaffirmation of BSW and MSW Programs.
  • (2008) Edinboro University.  Consultant for reaffirmation of MSW Program.
  • (2008) Northern Kentucky University.  Consultant for reaffirmation of BSW Program.
  • (2007) California State University Bakersfield.  Consultation for reaffirmation of MSW Program.
  • (2007) Union College.  Consultant for development of BSW Program.
  • (2007) University of Mississippi.  Consultant for development of MSW Program.
  • (2007) University of Southern Maine.  Consultant for reaffirmation of MSW Program.
  • (2006) Georgian Court University.  Consultant for reaffirmation of BSW Program.
  • (2007) University of Michigan.  Consultant for reaffirmation of MSW Program.
  • (2006) University of Phoenix.  Consultant for development of MSW Program.  
  • (2006) Fordham University.  Consultant for reaffirmation of BSW and MSW Programs. 
  • (2006) Loyola University, Chicago.  Consultant for internal review and reaffirmation of BSW Program
  • (2006) Loyola University, Chicago.  Consultant for reaffirmation of BSW and MSW Programs.
  • (2006) University of Nebraska.  Consultant for reaffirmation of BSW and MSW Programs.
  • (2006) New Mexico State University.  Consultant for reaffirmation of BSW and MSW Programs.
  • (2006) Wayne State University.  Consultant related to Program Assessment, Consultant for reaffirmation of BSW and MSW Programs.
  • (2006) New Mexico State University.  Consultant related to Program Assessment.
  • (2005) Colorado State University, Pueblo. Consultant for reaffirmation of BSW and MSW Programs. 
  • (2005) Hawaii Pacific University.   Consultant for candidacy for MSW Program.
  • (2005)University of North Dakota.  Consultant for reaffirmation of BSW and MSW Programs. 
  • (2004) California State University, Chico.  Consultant for initial accreditation of MSW Program.
  • (2004) Edinboro State University (Pa.).  Consultant for initial accreditation of MSW Program.
  • (2004) Florida Memorial College.  Consultant for development of BSW Program.
  • (2003) University of Pittsburgh.  Consultant for reaffirmation of BSW and MSW Programs.
  • (2000) University of Portland.  Program Evaluator.
  • (1997) Illinois State University.  Consultant to the social work department, development of MSW Program.
  • (1997) University of North Dakota.  Consultant for reaffirmation of BSW and MSW Programs.
  • (1996) Rosary College.  Consultant to the college, feasibility of establishing a master's degree program in social work.
  • (1996) Chatham College.  Consultant to the college, feasibility of establishing a master's degree program in social work.
  • (1996) College of St. Francis.  Consultant to the social work program, reaffirmation of undergraduate social work program.
  • (1996) University of Washington.  Consultant for reaffirmation of BSW and MSW programs.
  • (1994) St. Joseph College.  Consultant to the social work department, reaffirmation of    undergraduate social work program.
  • (1994) Calvin College.  Consultant to the college, feasibility of establishing a master's degree program in social work.
  • (1993) University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.  Consultant to the social work department, development of MSW program.
  • (1993) Widener University, Center for Social Work Education.  Consultant to the center, initial accreditation of MSW Program.
  • (1993)  Nazareth College, University of Rochester and SUNY-Brockport. Consultant to social work departments, development of collaborative MSW Program. 
  • (1993) Lordes College.  Consultant to the social work department, initial accreditation and reaffirmation of undergraduate social work program.
  • (1991) University of Detroit Mercy.  Consultant to the social work program, reaffirmation of accredited status following institutional merger.
  • (1991) Nazareth College and St. John Fisher College.  Consultant to the college, development of collaborative MSW Program.
  • (1991) Radford University.  Consultant to social work program, development of joint MSW.
  • (1990) Mississippi State University.  Consultant to the social work program, candidacy status.
  • (1990) Mercy College.  Consultant to the social work program, reaffirmation of accredited status.
  • (1989) Westchester Social Work Education Consortium.  Consultant to the social work program, reaffirmation of accredited status.
  • (1989) Carthage College.  Consultant to the social work program reaffirmation of accredited status.
  • (1988) College of St. Benedict.  Consultant to the social work program, reaffirmation of accredited status.
  • (1986; 2003-present) Accreditation Site Visitor, Council on Social Work Education. Chaired twenty-two of twenty-five site visits. Review of BSW and combined BSW/MSW Programs.
  • (1986) Macalester College.  Consultation and training of faculty, staff and students on sexual harassment issues.
  • (1983, 1993) St. Olaf College.  Consultant to the social work program, initial accreditation, reaffirmation of accreditation.

Association Memberships & Affiliations:

  • Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors (BPD)
  • Catholic Charities USA, Board of Trustees (CCUSA)
  • Catholic Dean’s Collaborative
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
  • Minnesota Conference on Social Work Education (MCSWE)
  • National Association of Deans and Directors of Schools of Social Work (NADD)
  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW)
  • International Consortium on Social Development (ICSD)

Other Activities:

  • Loftus Diversity Grant. Received $2,500 for Developing Partnership for Recruitment and Programming on Immigration, Public Policy and Health Care.
  • Pepsi Grant, Received $3,000 for purchase of furniture for student lounge for School of Social Work Student Lounge.
  • Pepsi Grant, Received $1,525 for purchase of Mircowave and Refrigerator for School of Social Work Community Room.
  • Community SERIES Grant, Received $1,800 to Justice Lecture Keynote Speaker. LeDerick Horne, ‘Accessibility and Disability in Education and Soceity’.
  • Pepsi Grant, Received $1,191 for purchase of LCD Hall Display for School of Social Work.
  • The Myser Initiative on Catholic Identity, St. Catherine University, $2,000 for co-sponsorship of Justice Lecture, ‘Honor Thy Father and Mother: The Devastating Effects of Poverty on Seniors’.
  • Pepsi Grant, Received $1,303 for purchase of Flip Video Camcorders for School of Social Work.
    Warren Foundation. Received $4,000 for Social Work for Social Justice Project.
  • Pepsi Grant, Received $870 for purchase Popcorn Machine for School of Social Work Community Room.
  • LOFTUS Diversity Grant. Received $2,500 for ‘Room at the Table Dialogues:  Racial and Ethic Health Disparities.
  • LOFTUS Diversity Grant. Received $2,500 for ‘Room at the Table Dialogues:  Racial and Ethic Health Disparities.
  • Pepsi Grant. Received $1,700 for restoration of Matt Lamb painting ‘Vases’ for School of Social Work Community Room.
  • Myser Initiative. Received $10,000 for National Conference on Social Work for Social Justice (September 2006).
  • Ireland Grant.  Received $10,000 for National Conference on Social Work for Social Justice (September 2006).
  • Lilly Endowment (UST Steering Committee). Received $68,350 as part of the Reappropriating Vocation: An Integration of Modernity and the Richness of the Christian Faith UST Lilly Endowment grant.
  • John A. Hartford Foundation. Received $60,000 for Geriatric Enrichment: Guaranteeing A Place for Aging in the Curriculum.