Associate Professor of Social Work
Phone: (712) 722-6365
Prior to teaching at Dordt, I worked as a Faith Outreach Organizer for Bread for the World, a Christian organization working to end hunger. As an organizer, I worked with church and campus groups to advocate for better, more comprehensive responses to hunger and poverty.
I also worked as a Service Coordinator with Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, helping to coordinate supportive services for senior citizens to help them maintain independent living as long as possible.
PhD in progress at University of South Dakota, Vermillion, SD. Political Science and Public Administration
Masters in Social Work (MSW), 2004, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI. Focus: Management in Human Services and Community and Social Systems
Bachelors in Social Work (BSW), 2002, Dordt College, Sioux Center, IA.
Academic, Professional and Personal Interests:
I have special interest in looking at how Christians and society have responded to the needs of vulnerable people. I study the intersection of this response among individuals, church, community non-profits and various levels of the government. I am especially passionate about hunger issues and protecting and nurturing healthy families and kids. One of the most meaningful things about social work to me is being able to do as a professional what God calls us all to: "Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow." [Isaiah 1:17] I get to work each day with my colleagues in the social work program and with social work majors who are working to respond to needs in a hurting world. I serve on various community nonprofit boards and in my church.
I am married and have two little kids who keep me busy and life entertaining. I like to read, watch baseball, and spend time outside during the warmer months of the year.
Courses I am teaching:
SOWK 307: Methods of Social Science Research
SOWK 311: Practice Methods I: Social Work with Groups
SOWK 312: Practice Methods II: Social Work with Communities and Organizations
SOWK 313: Church, State and Social Welfare
SOWK 315: Social Welfare Policy