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

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.