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Valerie Thompson-Ebanks|Division of Social Work

Valerie Thompson-Ebanks

Assistant Professor

M.S.W., University of the West IndiesValerie_Thompson-Ebanks
Ph.D., Colorado State University
Health Sciences 214
(307) 766-5639

Office Hours for Spring 2015:

Tuesday: 9:00 am -12:00 pm
or by appointment

Research Interests: 

My research interests and experiences focus on the needs of diverse populations.  Specifically, I have investigated the needs of students with disabilities in higher education, LBGTQ issues, and children living in impoverished communities and at risk of child abuse and neglect.  Better understanding the needs of minority and disenfranchised populations is my primary research focus.  I try to understand the experiences of marginalized individuals from their own worldview.  My dissertation topic is: Experiences of Students with Disabilities: Factors that Influence Non-completion of their Undergraduate Degree from Four Year Colleges.

Teaching Philosophy

I pursue a career in academia because I truly love teaching and want to work with those choosing to become social work practitioners and educators.  I view teaching as one of the three legs of my scholarly commitments, the others being research and service.  My teaching philosophy is based on two primary principles: reflective practice (Schon, 1983) and constructivist pedagogy (Bruner, 1996).  As a reflective educator, I adjust my teaching strategies and instruction to be more congruent to the abilities and existing knowledge that each student brings to the class.  This principle is compatible with being a constructivist in the classroom where I aim to develop a welcoming and safe, student-centered collaborative environment that allows students to actively engage in the learning process.

Curriculum Vitae

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