Assistant Professor of Social Work
B.S. in psychology; M.S. in counseling psychology; M.A. and Ph.D. in social
experience: Served on faculty at University of Wisconsin-Madison School of
Social Work; adjunct faculty member at University of Chicago School of Social
Service Administration; clinical social worker in nonprofit and hospital
settings in Washington, D.C., and Chicago providing mental health services for
adults with serious mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
Connection with students, both in and out of the classroom, is foundational to my
teaching philosophy. I use a variety of practices to promote relationship with
students; in turn, these relationships, I believe, contribute to the
confidence, courage and inspiration required for students to explore their own
beliefs, take risks, and ultimately change their own hearts and minds.
Clarke’s impact on Colleen:
Clarke’s personal, caring and relationship-oriented environment is a real draw
for me. It allows me to be the best teacher I can be.
Colleen’s impact on students:
I believe deeply in students’ potential to make a difference in the world—in
ways large and small. My enthusiasm for their ideals and potential, I hope,
provides encouragement and inspiration for them to believe in themselves and
begin to impact the world around them.
Movie – The Year
of Living Dangerously
Book – Middlesex
Quote – “When I
give food to the poor they call me a saint.
When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist.” Archbishop
Dom Helder Camara of Brazil
Class in college –
19th Century Women Writers
Place traveled – Ethiopia
Hobby – Reading