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Division of Social Work

College of Health Sciences

University of Wyoming

Dept. 3632

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071-2000

Phone: (307) 766-6112

Fax: (30) 766-6839

Email: sowkmail@uwyo.edu

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Division of Social Work

Valerie Thompson-Ebanks

Valerie Thompson-Ebanks.

Associate Professor

M.S.W., University of the West Indies
Ph.D., Colorado State University

vthomps4@uwyo.edu
Health Sciences 214
(307) 766-5639


Office Hours:

Tuesdays, Noon - 2:00 PM

Also by appointment.


Research Interests: 

Research Interests: Experiences of students with disabilities in higher education: academic accommodation, access and success; student veterans challenges, support and success; human diversity issues; social work education; and, rural social work practice.

Teaching Philosophy

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 maximize time spent with students to not just teach class content, but to get to know each student’s needs, strengths and aspirations, and tailor my interaction accordingly to meet their learning and career goals. 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.

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Division of Social Work

College of Health Sciences

University of Wyoming

Dept. 3632

1000 E. University Ave.

Laramie, WY 82071-2000

Phone: (307) 766-6112

Fax: (30) 766-6839

Email: sowkmail@uwyo.edu

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