As a member of the full-time faculty, I am thrilled to be a part of a community of scholars and teachers who focus on providing a standard of excellence in higher education in social work. My teaching philosophy encompasses an experiential learning approach beyond didactic methodologies in order ...
As a member of the full-time faculty, I am thrilled to be a part of a community of scholars and teachers who focus on providing a standard of excellence in higher education in social work. My teaching philosophy encompasses an experiential learning approach beyond didactic methodologies in order to maximize student development. I was attracted to Widener University because of its commitment to community outreach and service learning as an educational standard as well as the academic freedom for students to move beyond book knowledge to better prepare them for the challenges and rewards of social work in a pluralistic society.
As a gay man, I have an acute sensitivity to the nature of privilege and the focuses of oppression. Through humor, structured activities, and group work, providing safe spaces for students to "step outside their comfort zones" to enhance their knowledge bases, values awareness, and skill sets is my passion.
My role as BSW Program Director allows me to craft student-centered programmatic opportunities for our undergraduate students while preparing them as generalist social workers in our BSW Program, which is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Such opportunities include collaborative research with faculty mentors, local, regional and national conference presentations, community-oriented projects in Chester, and international service learning projects. One such opportunity, our Chongqing Exchange Program, allows BSW students to participate in service learning projects in China as a means by which they enhance their understanding of the global approach to social work.
Additionally, I serve as the Center for Social Work Education's liaison with the Center for Human Sexuality Studies here at Widener University. Specifically at the graduate level, the "dual degree" program allows students to acquire a Masters of Social Work and a Masters or Doctorate in Human Sexuality. As a Certified Sexuality Educator and a Certified Sex Therapist by the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), I consider it a privilege to mentor students in this specified area of study. Applying a social work-oriented strengths-based perspective to the human condition helps students to understand the healthy approach of social work to human sexuality in clients, communities and cultures. This includes, but is certainly not limited to, resolution of trauma, advocating for sexual minorities, and cross-cultural sensitivity in a sex-negative world.
Widener's approach to education is one of action. If you are interested in stepping beyond the classroom as a student, consuming research as a scholar, and engaging the field as a social worker, Widener is for you.