Mari Ann Graham, MSW, PhD, LISW portrait

Mari Ann Graham, MSW, PhD, LISW

Associate Professor, St. Kate's MSW Program Director, effective 2019-20
BA, MSW, University of Nebraska at Omaha
PhD, Case Western Reserve University
116 Summit Classroom Building - UST (through 2018-19 academic year)
(651) 962-5812 (through 2018-19 academic year)
SCB 201
University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Ave,
St. Paul, MN 55105
(through 2018-19 academic year)

I am an integral, holistically-oriented, postmodern social work educator who uses music, poetry and other art forms to empower students so that they can empower their clients. I use this approach across the social work curriculum in practice, policy and research courses, as well as a doctoral course, "Pedagogies in Social Work Education." I enjoy serving the School of Social Work and the University in a variety of ways including appointments as Chief Diversity Officer, MSW Program Director, member of Institutional Review Board, and most recently a Strategic Planning Subcommittee:  Embracing Our Diversity. 

Expertise / Research Interests

  • Integral Ethics/Ethics in Social Work Education & Social Work Practice
  • Integral Research (multiple methods of research across a continuum of research paradigms)
  • Spirituality and Social Work Practice
  • Diversity Issues in Social Work Education & Social Work Practice
  • Empowering Education and Empowering Practice 

Selected Publications and Presentations

Graham, M.A. (2013).  “Integral ethics in social work education,” peer-reviewed workshop presented at Council on Social Work Education’s 59th Annual Program Meeting, “Global Social Work—The World is Here,” Dallas, TX, November 3rd.

Graham, M. A. (2013).  “Integral ethics in social work education,” peer-reviewed workshop presented at the National Association of Christian Social Workers 63rd Convention, “Social Justice:  Contributions of Faith and Spirituality,” Atlanta, GA, October 19th. This multimedia presentation using visual art and music was video-recorded and made available for on-line education in March 2014.

Graham, M.A. (2013).  “A spiritual approach to teaching research,” peer-reviewed, bi-lingual workshop presented at the 8th international North American Spirituality & Social Work Conference, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus, June 20th.             

Graham, M. A. & Geisler, C.  (2009)  “Beyond Quantitative, Qualitative & Mixed Methods: An Integrative Model for Teaching Research,” unpublished paper used in Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies, St. Catherine University.

Graham, M.A. (1997). Empowering Social Work Faculty:  Alternative Paradigms for Teaching and Learning. The Journal of Teaching in Social Work.

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


Summer 2019 Courses

Summer 2019 Courses
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DRSW 700 - 01 Hist. of SW & SW Education M T W R F - - 0900 - 1600 SCB 329

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SCB 329

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30476 (View in ClassFinder)

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Mari Ann Graham

This course will examine the history of social work and social work education. By reading and discussing influential historic social work texts, students will understand and consider the enduring tensions, achievements, and possibilities of the social work profession. The influences of socioeconomic class, race, and gender on the development of social work and social work education are considered. The longstanding tensions between theory and practice and between micro and macro practice are also addressed. The historical legacy of leadership provided by educators and other influential persons in the social work profession are examined. Students will take on the role of professor by presenting historic texts and leading thought-provoking and engaging discussions. Students will conduct a scholarly historic analysis of archival materials on a topic related to social work education that culminates in a research paper and review a peer’s final paper, as well. Students will develop a consciousness of their identity as a social work instructor and scholar and be able to identify and articulate the historic antecedents that have influenced this development

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Fall 2019 Courses

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