Jessica E. Toft, MSW, PhD, LISW portrait

Jessica E. Toft, MSW, PhD, LISW

Associate Professor
Degree
BA, Grinnell College
MSW, University of Iowa
PhD, University of Minnesota
Office
306 Summit Classroom Building - UST
Phone
(651) 962-5803
Mail
SCB 201
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave,
St. Paul, MN 55105
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I am passionate about infusing democratic tenets into a model of Citizenship Social Work. I believe this perspective of social justice leverages nation-wide beliefs about the rights and obligations of citizenship to justify fair treatment in policies and society. I also attend to the public and political narratives about disenfranchised groups as a powerful force that needs to be counteracted with awareness, research, and action. I am dedicated to helping social work become an integrated and reflective profession, wherein social workers in all settings continuously ask: What larger influences are at play and how can I help address them?


Expertise / Research Interests

  • Citizenship Social Work as a fundamental social work model
  • Emancipatory potential of Citizenship Social Work for particular disenfranchised groups 
  • Discourse analysis of public and political narratives of disenfranchised groups
  • Social work education as it relates to students' perspectives on the poor and poverty
  • Effects of Welfare Reform (TANF) on marginalized groups

Selected Publications & Presentations

Toft, J. (October, 2014). Social work’s democratic concern: Alexander’s New Jim Crow. Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. Tampa Bay, Florida.

Toft, J., & Bibus, A. A.  (2014). Citizen-centered administration for child welfare.  In C. S. Ramanathan & S. Dutta (Eds.), Governance, development and social work (pp. 46-77). New York:  Taylor & Francis/Routledge. 

Toft, J. & Hollister, D. Martin, M. (2013). The influence of paid work, racial-ethnicity, and immigrant status on health care coverage after Welfare Reform in Hennepin County, Minnesota. Journal of Social Work in Public Health 28(2), 67-80.

Toft, J. (2011). Citizenship as a foundation for social work practice.  Council on Social Work Education Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

Toft, J. (2010). The political act of public talk: How legislators justified welfare reform. Social Service Review, 84 (4), 563 - 596.


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


Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GRSW 625 - 02 Social Policy & Program Devel - T - - - - - 1640 - 1905 SCB 205

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- T - - - - -

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1640 - 1905

Location:

SCB 205

Course Registration Number:

20436 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Jessica E. Toft

This course focuses on current social welfare policy, policy analysis and advocacy, connections between policy and practice, and social welfare program development. The content and effects of current social welfare policy are examined in the course, and policy analysis and the skills for policy advocacy are emphasized. The course carefully considers the connections between policy and clinical practice. A major focus of the course includes learning the stages of program development, which culminates in a group program proposal and presentation. Emphasized in the course are the frameworks of social justice, diversity and cultural contexts, and the application of research skills to all parts of policy and program practice.

Schedule Details

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GRSW 681C - 01 Social Wk Pract Research M - - - - - - 1335 - 1600 MNH 202

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M - - - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1600

Location:

MNH 202

Course Registration Number:

20128 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

Instructor:

Jessica E. Toft

This course focuses on developing the knowledge and skills of the student to be an evaluator of social work practice as well as to be an active participant in adding to the knowledge base of social work. Students will propose, carry out, and present research findings for both a quantitative and qualitative research project. Both research projects include writing a literature review, designing and implementing research methods including human subjects review, collecting and analyzing data, and synthesizing and writing research findings. An emphasis is placed on research writing skills, single system design, and practice and program evaluation. Discussed in the class are frameworks regarding evidence-based practice, diverse client systems, ethical research practice, and social justice.

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