December 16, 2016 / By: Dr. Carol Kuechler for fall 2016 Perspectives newsletter
St. Kate's - St. Thomas Doctorate in Social Work cohort 3 during 2016 summer residency
DSW Cohort 3 during the 2016 summer residency

With the start of Cohort 3 (pictured) in the summer of 2016, our Doctorate in Social Work program now has a “full” complement of first-, second- and third-year students. We are eagerly anticipating the graduation of our first doctoral cohort in May 2017. Our spring Perspectives newsletter will highlight the scholarship and experiences of Cohort 1 of this unique doctoral program with its focus on Education as Practice.


Many congratulations are in order to our DSW students since our last newsletter was published.

In June, Will Wong, Cohort 1, and Stephanie Grant, Cohort 2, were awarded the 2016-2017 California State University (CSU) Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) fellowship. The CSU CDIP is the largest program of its kind providing financial assistance and faculty mentorship to promising doctoral students pursuing tenure-track faculty positions within the CSU system.

Laura Escobar-Ratliff, Cohort 2, was awarded a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) doctoral fellowship award for the 2016-2017 academic year. Laura is one of 24 fellows (12  returning fellows and 12 new fellows) in this year’s cohort of doctoral fellows.

Cohort 2 student Mindy Eaves co-edited “The A-to-Z Self-Care Handbook for Social Workers and Other Helping Professionals,” to which her cohort colleague Laura Escobar-Ratliff contributed the “Q” chapter, “Quality (Not Necessarily Quantity).”

We were thrilled that 15 of our current DSW students attended the CSWE-APM conference in Atlanta, Nov. 3-5. Examples of their presentations are listed here:

  • Mindy Eaves presented the poster “Self-Care and Professional Practice: A ‘Well-Shop’”
  • Laura Escobar-Ratliff presented the paper “Building a SoTL Agenda” and poster “Concept Mapping: A Wellness Initiative”
  • Michelle Gricus led the workshop“Neither Heroes nor Villains: Navigating Professional Ethics”
  • Terri Klemm led the workshop “Modeling Environmental Justice Activism in Social Work Education: A Case Study”
  • Cindy Locklear presented the poster “Student Development Theory: Guiding Professional Identity Formation for Social Work Students”
  • Janet Vizina-Roubal presented the poster “Forming a Therapeutic Alliance Online: Challenges and Necessity”

Terri Klemm, Cohort 2, was selected as NASW-NJ social worker of the year. Terri is an associate professor of social work and BSW Program Director at Centenary University and helped to establish Centenary’s BSW Program. Terri has become increasingly engaged as a community activist in support of the environmental justice movement. Terri also co-authored a paper in August:

Loya, M. A., & Klemm, T. (2016). Using TED talks in the social work classroom: Encouraging student engagement and discourse. Journal of Social Work Education. doi:10.1080/10437797.2016.1198291