About Me

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I’m a clinical assistant professor and director of distance education for the University of Iowa School of Social Work. Before this, I was a hospital social worker for ten years. Prior to that, I worked as a support staff at an agency for people with disabilities.

The Generalist’s Notebook is where I write about these experiences. I’ve had the title of “Specialist” a couple of times over the years, but my experience is one of a generalist social worker.

I’m interested in how social workers interact with technology and the professional and ethical implications of this relationship. This led me to my current role as Distance Education Director.

While working as a hospital social worker, the ethical principle of self-determination became readily apparent and observable in practice. This is, I believe, the key ethical principle of social work in medical settings.


I contribute to the New Social Worker Magazine. My articles can be found here:



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