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Social Work - Faculty

Photo of Crystal AschenbrenerDepartment Chair - Crystal S. Aschenbrener
DSW, Aurora University - 2014
MSW, University of Kansas - 1998
BSW, University of South Dakota - 1994
Corona Hall, #319

I have been teaching since 2007 and am currently the department chair of social work at Alverno College. I value teaching as it is my method of giving back to the social work and the social services profession, via educating on evidence-based practices as well as completing service projects with nonprofit organizations. I am a licensed social worker with field experience with individual, families, groups, organizations, and communities. I have served in the following professional roles: executive director of a Habitat for Human affiliate, supervisor at an agency that services people with development disabilities and mental health issues, hospital social worker, and school social worker.

Teaching Interests: I have a strong teaching interest in the social work practice courses, human behavior and the social environment courses, policy courses as well as the introductory social work course. I am inspired by my Native American Service and Research Course that implements the Today & Beyond Project: An Educationally-Based Mentorship Intervention.

Research Interests: My substantive research focus is on educational programs for Native American youth as well as experimental learning for college students. I have strong interests in studying foster care and women's issues too.  I have expertise in mixed methodologies, with an emphasis on program and organizational assessments.

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