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Colleen Mahoney

Assistant Professor of Social Work
Office: 322 CBH 
Mail Stop: 1705 
Phone: 6368 


Degrees earned: B.S. in psychology; M.S. in counseling psychology; M.A. and Ph.D. in social work

Professional 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.

Teaching philosophy: 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.

Colleen’s favorite:

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 fiction

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