Ph.D., University at Albany, SUNY
M.S.W., University of Connecticut
M.A.T., University of Massachusetts
B.A., Bloomfield College
Internships in Social Work, Sociology & Psychology
Introduction to Social Work Social Work with Juvenile Delinquents
Core Capstone in Service Leadership
Introduction to Leadership
Founded and administers the Social Work and Criminal Justice Practitioner Series where each semester area professionals offer courses to our students. For example, a juvenile court probation officer and a school adjustment counselor will offer courses entitled "Probation" and "School Social Work."
Provides internships and service learning for students. For example, students may serve as a counselor in a residential program for troubled adolescents, or help a senior center provide Meals on Wheels to homebound elders.
Hobbies-basketball coaching and playing; home repair
Following my undergraduate education, I began my professional career in social work. I worked with juvenile delinquents as a street counselor and then a director of residential programs. My teaching began part-time at a community college when I was a social worker. Later I came to MCLA as the first full-time social work teacher. Since then I have continued my interest in helping youth as a researcher and a youth sports coach.
MCLA provides a small college atmosphere where students and faculty and other employees tend to get to know one another. This close-knit characteristic is enjoyed by the students who attend the college and the faculty who teach here. The sociology department faculty are a very friendly and supportive group who thoroughly enjoy the company of each other and the students in our classes.
Much of my teaching nowadays emphasizes internships and the development of student leaders. I oversee community placement opportunities for students interested in the fields of child welfare, criminal justice, aging, public school education, adolescent services, mental health and more. Our students have the option of learning both inside and outside the classroom.
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