SSW Faculty Professional Notes - Fall '18

December 17, 2018
Melissa Lundquist and Lance Peterson, School of Social Work faculty

PICTURED: Melissa Lundquist, assistant professor, and Lance Peterson, associate professor, co-presented, "Competency as Outcome and Process: Student Engagement through Teaching and Research Strategies" in Bergen, Norway, at the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning conference on Oct. 25. Lundquist and Peterson combined their work for this presentation to illustrate the value of critical and constructivist pedagogies in honoring the process in which students engage to develop competencies. Lundquist presented on using PhotoVoice in a BSW class, and Peterson presented on using recorded role-play and audio-recorded feedback in an MSW class. 


Laurel Bidwell, assistant professor, received an Academic Professional Development Grant from St. Kate’s for her research on the child welfare system. Bidwell’s research project, Alia Child Welfare Innovation Evaluation, focuses on the first phase of a multi-phase evaluation of innovative change within the child welfare system. Using a community-based participatory model of research, she will evaluate both process and outcomes implementing a new service delivery model within child welfare. 

Michael Chovanec, professor, was on sabbatical in spring of 2018 when he developed a teaching module for students incorporating improvisation in role-play. In May of 2018 he presented “Transforming Men Who Batter into Men Who Matter: Building Empathy in Domestic Abuse Treatment” at the international conference, Effective Strategies for Working with Involuntary Clients at Monash University in Prato, Italy. He also was invited to contribute two chapters in Ron Rooney’s, PhD, third edition of Strategies for Work with Involuntary Clients on group work and domestic abuse treatment, which was released in May. Most recently his paper, Domestic Abuse Treatment Perspective that Builds Client Voice and Skills in a Court-ordered Environment, was published in October by Social Work with Groups.

Kari Fletcher, associate professor, published five co-authored, peer-reviewed manuscripts: Tobacco Use in a National Sample of United States Service Member and Veteran Students in the Journal of Military and Veterans’ Health; PTSD vs. Moral Injury scoping review in the Journal of Military, Veterans and Family Health; Military Veteran Residential Location and Risk for Lyme Disease in the Journal of Veterans Studies; Mental Health Outcomes in Military Veterans in Traumatology; and Mental Health Needs of Military and Veteran Women in Traumatology. She also published one chapter as lead author on older veterans in American military life in the 21st century: Social, cultural, economic issues and trends. In addition, she co-authored four peer-reviewed presentations delivered at the at 2018 Military Social Work Conference, Austin, Texas; the 146th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, San Diego, California; and the 2018 CSWE-APM conference.

Mari Ann Graham, associate professor, recently updated her article, Using Literature Groups to Teach Diversity, which was selected for inclusion in Compilation of Key Papers on Social Work with Groups in Education published between June 2010 and January 2016, forthcoming publication by Whiting and Birch. In response to a workshop she did last year, National Association of Christian Social Workers has asked her to offer a webinar, Binding up Our Nation’s Wounds: An Ethic of Inclusion, which is scheduled to go live Jan. 28, 2019.

In addition to her three presentations at the CSWE-APM conference, Katharine Hill, associate professor, co-authored, Youth with Disabilities in Foster Care, for the Handbook of Foster Care. She presented, “Using Specification Grading to Foster Student Engagement and Empowerment in Policy Practice,” at the Policy Conference 2.0: The Next Twenty Years in St. Louis, Missouri, in June, where she also participated in the roundtable discussion, “Notes from the Field: Social Work’s Important Role in Voter Turnout.”

Tonya Horn, assistant professor, co-authored the article, The Karen Chemical Dependency Collaboration: Lessons Learned in Utilizing a Collaborative Framework to Promote Refugee Integration, which was published in Advances in Social Work for their Special Issue on Migration. She also co-presented a workshop titled, “Lessons Learned in Developing and Implementing a Cross Sector Collaboration to Reduce Harmful Alcohol Use in a Karen Community” at the 2018 North American Refugee Health Conference in Portland, Oregon in June. Horn also co-authored an article titled, Defining Effective Care Coordination for Mental Health Referrals of Refugee Populations in the United States with colleagues from the University of Minnesota and Center for Victims of Torture, which was accepted by the journal Ethnicity and Health.

Stacy Husebo, instructor faculty, presented at the 10th annual Association for the Contemplative Mind in Higher Education Conference, Imagining Humane Institutions: Connection, Social Action and Scholarship Rooted in Contemplative Practices, Oct. 6, 2018 in Amherst, Massachusetts. The presentation was titled, “Listening as a Revolutionary act of Love.” She also presented for the University of Minnesota Medical Center social workers on “The Potential of Vulnerability in our Work,” October, 2018.

Catherine Marrs Fuchsel, associate professor, published the manuscript, Facilitating Groups With Immigrant Latinas Using the Sí, YoPuedo (Yes, I Can) Empowerment Program: A Case Study of the Experiences of Six Mental Health Professionals, in the Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research, 13, 34-45. The same paper was presented at the 2018 Latino Social Workers Organization Conference at the University of Illinois, Chicago in October.

Ande Nesmith, associate professor, gave several invited talks related to her Fulbright grant while on sabbatical in the Czech Republic, including, “Foster Care Needs for Youth Transitioning to Adulthood in the United States,” which she presented at the Chaloupka Family Center Annual Workshop for European Foster Care NGO’s in Ostrava. She also presented, “Preventing Homelessness Among Youth Leaving Institutional Care," at the Adults from Day to Day Conference, organized by the Civil Society of Out-of-Home Care in Ostrava.

Lisa Richardson, associate professor and director of MSW field education, presented the workshop, “Ethics and Supervision,” to the Minnesota chapter of the NASW, in addition to her CSWE-APM presentation.