Faculty & Staff
|Dr. Arlen Carey
Associate Professor, Program Coordinator
ST 131 (Rochester)
|Arlen joined the faculty in 2004, and he works on the Rochester campus. He earned a BA, MA, and PhD in sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. He was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Central Florida in Orlando for seven years, during which time he conducted and published research in the areas of demography, inequality and social theory. His academic interests include inequality and child welfare. He is on sabbatical leave for AY 2013-14.
|Dr. Ruth Charles
|Ruth has an MSW and PhD from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York. Ruth’s central interests are policy analysis and qualitative research methods. The current welfare reform is of crucial interest as it affects how we all do our work. Ruth’s activism and social justice has her involved in grant writing and local community planning/implementation with welfare reform. Other areas of interest are women/gender studies, multi-cultural issues, international social welfare policy and developing internet knowledge for policy work.|
|Dr. Jeong-Kyun "Evan" Choi
ST 130 (Rochester)
|Evan joined the faculty in 2010. He has an MSW from Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea and a PhD in social welfare from University of California, Los Angeles. He has extensive research experiences with diverse populations including low-income families, single mothers, and their children. His research interests include poverty, working poor, father involvement and child development. He is currently serving as editor for the Journal of International Social Issues.
|Dr. Charissa Eaton
|Charissa joined the faculty in 2010. She has an MSW from the University of North Dakota and a PhD from the University of Minnesota, School of Social Work. Charissa is a Licensed Independent Social Worker in Minnesota. Her practice experience includes geriatric case management, dialysis social work, hospital social work, and administration. Charissa’s academic and research interests are aging, medical social work, healthcare policy and mixed methods research.
|Dr. Cathy Faruque
Professor, Department Chair
|Cathy is the Chair of the Social Work Department. Cathy has a BS in Sociology from Winona State University and an MSW from San Diego State University. She has her PhD in Psychology from North Central University. Her academic interests are primarily focused in international social work, religion and spirituality in social work, trans-cultural practice, institutional discrimination, racism and homelessness. She has published several books and a documentary on trans-cultural practice and poverty in the developing world.
|Dr. Robert Jay Palmer
|Jay joined the faculty in 2007. He has a BS in Human Services from California State University Fullerton, an MSW from California State University Long Beach, and earned his PhD at the University of South Carolina. His social work practice includes the areas of HIV/AIDS, homelessness, mental health, GLBTQ youth and persons with developmental disabilities. Jay’s academic and research interests center around pedagogy and the development of critical thinking and professional expertise.
|Dr. Oswald Shanalingigwa
ST 134 (Rochester)
|Oswald joined the faculty in 2009. He has a BA in Sociology from the University of Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania and a MSW and PhD from University of Minnesota. His prior work experience is in the area of children and women while working with UNICEF, Tanzania. Adult mental health while working as a case manager and later as Program Director for Adult Mental Health Rehabilitative Service in the twin cities. Oswald’s central interests are on cross cultural studies, social welfare in global context, child welfare, mental health, global justice movements and ecological crisis.|
Assistant Professor, Field Coordinator (Rochester)
ST 129 (Rochester)
|Jessica joined the faculty in 2011 on the Rochester campus. She earned a Masters of Social Work from the University of St. Thomas/College of St. Catherine and Bachelors in social work and psychology from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa. Jessica is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Minnesota. Her social work practice experience includes chemical dependency treatment, grant administration, and gender specific case management. Jessica’s main interests are alcohol and drug addiction, child welfare, women studies and history of social work.
Anne Vande Berg
|Anne joined the Social Work Department at Winona State University in July 2013. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology from Macalester College in 1988 and her MSW from the University of Minnesota in 1999, where she was also a Title IV-E Child Welfare Fellow. She is a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the state of Minnesota and has 17 years of professional experience in social services, with seven years post-graduate direct practice experience. Anne also served as the Site Coordinator and Field Liaison for the University of Minnesota's distance MSW program in Rochester, MN, where she also taught several courses in the program as well. Anne's practice areas and interests include children and families in education settings, child welfare and ICWA, and nonprofit management.|