Dr. Karen Allen is the Director of the Social Work Program at Indiana University – Bloomington. She received her MSW and doctorate in Education from Wayne State University. She has over fifteen years of practice experience which includes medical social work, private practice counseling traumatized, severely injured and terminally ill clients, agency consultation in program evaluation and hospital administration. Her current area of research includes recovery from trauma and violence, health care, and social work education. She has published over 20 peer-reviewed articles, two books and a number of book chapters. She is also the co-author of the upcoming textbook, Social Work in Health Care: Best Practices and Emerging Trends, scheduled for release in spring, 2015 by Sage Publications.
In her role as administrative services coordinator for the IU-Bloomington Labor Studies Program, Sarah serves as recorder for the Minor, Certificate, Associate and Bachelor of Science in Labor Studies degree programs. Additional duties include being the scheduling officer for the credit program and manage registration for students on the Bloomington and Southeast campuses; provide administrative support to the faculty; and manage the office.
James R. Brown is an Assistant Professor at I.U., Bloomington. His areas of interest include bully prevention, juvenile justice, housing insecurity, and early intervention (0-5 years). He has been a Foster Care Caseworker at Child and Family Services and a School Social Worker in the state of Michigan. He is especially interested in Bachelor level social work education and incorporating experiential learning into the teaching process.
Lynn Duggan has interests in comparative social policy and labor movements; European family policies and women's labor force inclusion; pre- and post-unification East and West Germany; working conditions in retail employment; women in building trades; immigration policy; and gender and development in the global South. She has published in Comparative Economic Studies, Feminist Economics, and the National Women's Studies Association Journal, and in several anthologies and is a co-editor of The Women, Gender, and Development Reader. Her teaching includes Race, Class, Gender and Work; Labor and the Economy; Gender and Development; and Comparative Labor Relations. She has been employed as staff researcher for the Service Employees International Union, District 1199 ( West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio) and for the United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 951.
Dr. Carol Hostetter joined the faculty in 2001, after teaching part-time for many years. Her clinical experience dates back to 1977 at which time she earned her MSW. She teaches undergraduate research, practice, groups, and a child welfare seminar. Her research interests are in the education and training needs of child welfare workers and empowerment beliefs of social work students. Dr. Hostetter is also involved in the scholarship of teaching and learning, especially concerning online education.
In addition to teaching, Bruce McCallister does student outreach both on campus and at high schools. McCallister received his BA in sociology from Indiana University and MSW from Western Michigan University. His professional experience has included working with a state department of social services, non-profit (Big Brothers Big Sisters) and community organizing.
Tammi Nelson, MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a Lecturer providing Instruction to BSW and MSW coursework. Following a career in Community Health as both a practitioner and administrator, Mrs. Nelson’s areas of interests are in mental health and addiction services.
Carlene A. Quinn received her B.S. in Social Work and a Minor in Psychology, with an emphasis in French from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 1992. She received her MSW from Indiana University in 1995. Quinn's clinical experience has been working with families and children with serious mental health and substance abuse challenges on an inpatient and outpatient basis. She has been teaching courses in groups and introduction to the profession since 1999. Prior to coming to the school full-time during the fall of 2004, Quinn was a student outreach coordinator for Twenty-first Century Scholars, advising families and adolescents experiencing low-wealth on how to prepare for college. She continues her clinical work at the local hospital in the psychiatric services department.
Joseph Varga is a former Teamster shop steward and long time labor activist, having worked for the IBEW and the New York State Working Families Party. He worked numerous jobs before entering academics, including truck driving, forklift operating, and service work. He received his doctorate in Sociology and Historical Studies in 2008 from the New School for Social Research, and taught in the Department of History at Brooklyn College before arriving at IU in 2009. His research interests include labor geography and spatial analysis as applied to working-class communities, and the phenomenology of working-class experience. He is currently working on a project detailing the spatial history of de-industrialization in Southern Indiana. Joe is also active in Jobs with Justice, and numerous other activist causes.