College of Health

School of Social Work

Ande A. Nesmith, MSW, PhD, LISW portrait

Ande A. Nesmith, MSW, PhD, LISW

Associate Professor
Degree
BA, Albion College
MSW, University of Washington
PhD, University of Wisconsin
Office
305 Summit Classroom Building - UST
Phone
(651) 962-5805
Mail
SCB 201
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave,
St. Paul, MN 55105
CV

I love social work because it encompasses the whole person and the whole environment.  I value not only interpersonal human relationships, but our ties to all life on Earth.


Expertise / Research Interests

  • Outcomes for adolescents in foster care
  • Environmental justice
  • Use of technology to support vulnerable youth and emerging adults 
  • Engaging undergraduates in research

In the News


Selected Publications & Presentations

Nesmith, A. (2017). Coping with Change: Using the Bridge’s Transitions Framework with Foster Youth. Children and Youth Services Review, 78, 41-47. DOI:10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.05.009

Nesmith, A. & Smyth, N. (2015). Environmental Justice and Social Work Education: Social Worker Professional Perspectives. Social Work Education: The International Journal, 34(5), 484-501. DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2015.1063600

Nesmith, A., Patton, R., Christophersen, K., & Smart, C. (2015). Promoting Quality Parent-Child Visits: The Power of Relational Connections between Foster and Birth Parents. Child & Family Social Work. DOI:10.1111/cfs.12230

Nesmith, A. (2015). Factors Influencing the Regularity of Parental Visits with Children in Foster Care. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 32(3), 219-228. DOI:10.1007/s10560-014-0360-6


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


Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
SOWK 391 - 01 Social Policy for Change - T - R - - - 1335 - 1510 SCB 329

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1510

Location:

SCB 329

Course Registration Number:

40531 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Andrea A. Nesmith

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 or consent of the Program Director.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
SOWK 401 - 01 Gen Pract 1: Small Client Syst - - W - - - - 0830 - 1135 SCB 329

Days of Week:

- - W - - - -

Time of Day:

0830 - 1135

Location:

SCB 329

Course Registration Number:

42745 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Andrea A. Nesmith

This is the third course in the four-part practice sequence. This course prepares students for generalist social work practice with individuals, families and groups in the context of their social environments with emphasis on aspects of diversity. A primary focus is the application of social work knowledge through increased development of skills. The overall goal of the course is integration and application of the stages of the generalist social work method. SOWK 401 is taken with 405 in the fall by seniors. Prerequisites: SOWK 355 and SOWK 385.

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J-Term 2020 Courses

J-Term 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Spring 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
SOWK 340 - 01 Human Behav & Social Env - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 SCB 324

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

0955 - 1135

Location:

SCB 324

Course Registration Number:

22684 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Andrea A. Nesmith

The primary focus of this course is to investigate how humans interact with their social environments. This is a theory-heavy course focusing on metacognition- training students to think about the way we think. The course provides students with knowledge of theories of the social environments and how they impact, as well as are impacted, by human behavior. Further, theories on human behavior are examined through the multidimensional framework constituting biological, psychological, spiritual, socio-cultural, political, and economic factors. Emphasis is on the role of and interaction between these multiple factors at the level of various systems: the individual, family, small group, organization, community, and society, including political and economic systems. The course consists of five modules: interpersonal relations and empowerment; social systems; political and economic systems; justice; and multiculturalism. The course investigates the multiple dimensions and intersections of diversity including gender, race/ethnicity, age, religion, ability, sexual orientation, nationality, and global and international perspectives. Students leave the class with a holistic understanding of the human experience within the environments that surround them. Prerequisite or concurrent registration: SOWK 281; Prerequisites: SOCI 100, PSYC 202, BIOL 105/106 or consent of the program director.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
SOWK 380 - D01 Social Work Research - T - R - - - 1335 - 1510 SCB 329

Days of Week:

- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1510

Location:

SCB 329

Course Registration Number:

21539 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Andrea A. Nesmith

This course fosters competence in the research skills needed for generalist social work practice. Students will gain knowledge in the steps of conducting research; practice evaluation; conducting research with vulnerable participants; locating and critically evaluating relevant research to inform practice; and evidence-based practice. They will learn values of ethical research practice, using the Belmont Report and the NASW Code of Ethics as guidelines. Particular emphasis is placed on protecting vulnerable research participants. Students will also gain skills in writing and presenting a literature review, developing a research proposal, and applying relevant research to practice. Prerequisites: SOWK 281 and junior status or consent of the program director.

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