Professor of Social Work, Director of Social Work Program
BA, Goshen College, 1992
MSW, Smith College, 1994
PHD, Simmons College, 2005
I have been actively facilitating the delivery of an evening accelerated BSW program which offers our social work curriculum taught by GC faculty, to adult students who’ve already earned an AA. The first cohort will graduate December 2014. Students are able to complete the program in 14 months. Currently we are enrolling students for our second cohort which will graduate December 2015; ten students are currently enrolled.
2013-14 has been the year of our program’s reaffirmation by the Council on Social Work Education. The self-study document was completed and submitted by August 1, 2013. The site visit is taking place in May 2014. We expect to hear the outcome from CSWE after their June meeting.
I have served on Board for Just Help: Elkhart County Legal Advocacy Center from its start-up; currently I serve as board secretary. Just Help’s mission is to help Elkhart County residents access quality, timely, and affordable civil legal services. Just Help: Elkhart County Legal Advocacy Center While the organization is currently dormant, the board remains engaged, seeking conversations with attorneys who are interested in reopening Just Help.
Social Work Practice Theory 1
Systems approach to the practice of social work beginning with a model for solving human problems. Emphasizes development of a theoretical base for social work practice and includes a laboratory in which specific behavioral skills are developed through simulation experiences.
Social Work Practice Theory 2
Expansion of learnings from Social Work Practice Theory 1 and Social Welfare Policy and Program 2, and application of social work practice with individuals, families and social systems of varying size. This course is taught concurrently with the first semester of field instruction, which provides the opportunity to integrate theory with skill development.
Social Work Field Instruction
Integration of knowledge base and the acquisition of social work practice skills through direct practice under a qualified field instructor in a social service agency. Faculty provide weekly supervision individually and in small groups.
Social Work Senior Seminar
Taken during the second semester of Field Instruction or concurrent with one semester block field placement. A weekly seminar that offers the integration of learnings from all social work and required related courses. The final exam takes the form of a written paper and oral examination through which students demonstrate their integration of learning and skill competencies.
Lectures & Presentations
“Exploring ‘Use of Self’: From Definitional Challenges to Identification of Best Practices” at the Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors’ conference in Austin, TX, Nov. 2005.
“Teaching ‘Use of Self’: Best Practices Contextualized” at the Council on Social Work Education’s conference in Chicago, IL, Feb, 2006.
“Theatrical Activism: From Michiana Monologues to Community Dialogues”, roundtable presentation at the Center for Women’s Intercultural Leadership conference, St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN, Oct. 2010.
Liechty, J. (2008). The influence of community upon the development of self: An exploratory study. (28/1). Smith College Studies in Social Work, 27-47.
Memberships & Associations
National Association of Social Workers
The Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors
Council on Social Work Education
Leadership of Study Service Term Units
Nicaragua, Summer 2010 Visit the SST homepage
2012 – present Social Work Program Director
2011 – present Professor of Social Work
2005 – present Department Chair, Sociology, Social Work & Anthropology
2001 – 2005 Academic leave for doctoral studies
2001 – 2001 Clinician/nursing home consultant, West Central Family & Counseling, W. Springfield, MA
2002 – 2004 Adjunct Instructor, Simmons College SSW, Boston, MA
1998 – 2001 Assistant/Associate Professor of Social Work, Goshen College
2000, 2001 Adjunct Instructor, Cross-Cultural Experience, Bluffton College
1994 – 1998 Social Worker/team leader, Adult Inpatient Psychiatry, Cambridge Hospital, MA
1997 – 1998 Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School; Smith College SSW, Cambridge, MA
1996 – 1997 Clinical Instructor, Simmons College SSW; Boston University SSW, Cambridge, MA