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SCHWANDER, LISSA

Associate Professor/Field Director, Social Work Program

FACULTY

Biography

Professor Schwander is a social work educator and practitioner with over 20 years of experience in a variety of fields of practice including social work practice with women and children, housing and homelessness and medical social work.

More About LISSA SCHWANDER

VandenBerg, T. & Schwander, L. (2020). A Short-term Study Abroad Program and Its Long-term Impact on Participants: A Perspective on Global Citizenship. Arts and Social Studies Research, Vol. 1. Submitted, Fall 2019. Accepted and forthcoming, April 2020. 

Kuilema, J., Schwander, L., Alford, K., Venema, R., & Hoeksema, S. (2019). Teaching note—Time for a teach-in? Addressing racist incidents on college campuses. Journal of Social Work Education, 1-7 

VandenBerg, T. M., & Schwander, L. (2019). The long-term impact of a short-term study abroad program: Perspectives on global citizenship. Journal of Education and Learning, 8(4), 18-31 

Schwander, L. M. (2018). The role of religion/faith in the lives of young adult refugees in West Michigan. Social   Work and Christianity, 45(3), 113-128 

Schwander, L. (2006). “Restoring urban communities”.  Christian Reflection: A Series in Faith and Ethics, Cities     and Towns. Baylor University Center for Christian Ethics, 89-93 

Schwander, L. (February/March 2003). “The Social Impact of New Urbanism: Does It Really Matter”. West Michigan’s Residential Resource for New Construction. p. 24-25 

Heffner, G., Zandee, G. & Schwander, L. (Fall 2002/Spring 2003). “Listening to community voices: Community–based research, a first step in partnership and outreach”. Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement. 8 (1), 127-140 

College of Liberal Arts and Social Science Maroon Excellence in Teaching Award, 2021

Qualified Administrator (QA) - Intercultural Development Inventory 

Licensed Masters of Social Work (LMSW) 

Ph.D. in Sociology (comprehensive exam areas - gender/intersections, migration, globalization), Michigan State University, 2014

Master of Social Work - Administration, Policy, and Planning, Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey, 1997

Bachelor's Degree with Honors in Sociology with a concentration in race, class and gender, Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey, 1988

Professor Schwander’s current research interest focuses on the use of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) as a tool for increasing cultural competency among social work majors. 

National Association of Social Workers 

Qualified Administrator (QA) - Intercultural Development Inventory 

Licensed Masters of Social Work - LMSW 

Courses Taught

Introduction to Social Work 

Social Welfare Policies and Services I & II 

Toolkit for Advocacy and Activism 

Professional Seminar 

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We never know how our small activities will affect others through the invisible fabric of our connectedness. In this exquisitely connected world, it’s never a question of ‘critical mass’, it’s always about critical connections.