Katharine Hill, MPP, MSW, PhD, LISW portrait

Katharine Hill, MPP, MSW, PhD, LISW

Associate Professor
BA, Macalester College
MPP, University of Minnesota
MSW, University of Minnesota
PhD, University of Minnesota
309 Summit Classroom Building - UST
(651) 962-5809
SCB 201
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105

Social work is optimism made real.  By believing in the possibility of social change and social justice, social workers take steps to create a better future for all.  My role as social work faculty is to educate students to become leaders, advocates, and change agents in their communities, using the knowledge, values, and skills that are the foundation of our profession.

Expertise / Research Interests

  • Social policy and advocacy
  • Foster care and adoption for older youth
  • Child welfare and children with disabilities
  • Social work licensure and regulation
  • Macro practice social work

Selected Publications & Presentations

Hill, K. & Koester, S. (2014).All he needed was love”: An examination of the impact of permanency on young adults’ special education experiences. Accepted for publication in Children and Schools.

Donaldson, L., Hill, K., Ferguson, S., Fogel, S. & Erickson, C. (2014). Contemporary Social Work Licensure: Implications for Our Profession. Social Work, 59(1), 52-61.

Hill, K. (2012). Permanency and placement for older youth with disabilities: an analysis of state administrative data. Children and youth services review, 34 (8), 1418-1424.

Lightfoot, E., Hill, K. & LaLiberte, T. (2011). Prevalence of children with disabilities in the child welfare system.  Children and youth services review, 33 (11), 2069-2075.

Hill, K., Ferguson, S. & Erickson, C. (2010).Sustaining and strengthening a macro identity: Association of Macro Practice Social Work. Journal of community practice, 18 (4), 513-527.

See curriculum vitae for full listing of publications, presentations, practice experience, and professional engagement

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
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SOWK 391 - 01 Social Policy for Change - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 MCH 106

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MCH 106

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40624 (View in ClassFinder)

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Katharine M. Hill

This course equips students to understand and critically analyze current and past social policies. Policy alternatives are explored with a focus on the values and attitudes as well as the societal, economic and political dynamics from which they originate. Roles and responsibilities of citizens and professionals in formulating and implementing policies responsive to actual social needs are addressed. Prerequisite: SOWK 281/2810 or consent of the Program Director SOWK 391/3910 is the same course as SOWK 3910/391 at St. Catherine University/University of St. Thomas.

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