Carolyn Gentle-Genitty, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Area of responsibility: IUPUI

1011 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr St STE 113
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
Office: (317) 274-3960

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PHD Indiana University

MSW Spalding University

BSW Spalding University

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Dr. Carolyn Gentle-Genitty received her PhD from Indiana University and her Bachelors and Master's degree from Spalding University in Louisville, KY. She is originally from Belize and brings extensive leadership and programmatic experience from over 25+ years in Youth Development locally and internationally serving as Executive Director of a YMCA and Chair of many volunteer, non-profit, and governmental organizations. Gentle-Genitty also served as a youth consultant for Belize and UNICEF, OAS, and CARICOM. She taught at the University of Belize for 5 years prior to IU. Her areas of interests within the academic setting include teaching and teaching effectiveness, theory application, model development, online learning, millennial, and student engagement. In the realm of research, she focuses on absenteeism, exploring the school-to-prison pipeline trajectory, school competence, truancy, and social bonding. In the community she explores and offers service in prison/jail/community re-entry, cognitive tools for re-entry, case management, curriculum development, adjunct/associate faculty mentoring, absenteeism response, and the cradle to career initiative by the Talent Alliance. Gentle-Genitty teaches both theory and practice at the Bachelor and Masters level and is the chair of the MSW Schools Concentration. Dr. Gentle-Genitty has over 10 years of an academic administration first as Assistant Director to Labor Studies Director, Director/Chair Social Work Program, Indianapolis campus, Online Education Fellow in Office of Chancellor, IUPUI, Director of Transfer system-wide, and Assistant Vice President for Academic Policy at IU. She serves as graduate faculty and endorsed to chair dissertation, past chair IUSSW curriculum Committee and schools concentration, one of the Lead Faculty for S221 Human Growth and Development, Researcher in school attendance and absenteeism, and community engagement partner. She is the co-founder of the International Network for School Attendance, founder and lead consultant for Pivot Attendance Solutions, past President and executive Board Member of International Association for Truancy and Dropout Prevention (IATDP), Lead researcher for International Self Reported Delinquency Survey cycle 4 (ISRD4) for Indiana and the Caribbean, board member of the Attendance Works Network for the Advancement of State Attendance Policy and Practice, and research partner with the Indiana Department of Education.

INSA Special Issue, Managing Editor - Continuity in Education

Research Topic Editor - Frontiers in Education: Educational Psychology

Associate Editor - ENGAGE 

Teaching Interest:

Theory | Human Behavior | Teaching Human Behavior theory

Social Work Practice and Methods of Practice

Working with Groups | Leadership | Management | Mentoring | Women and Gender Violence

Diversity | DIRE Statements| 

Absenteeism | School Attendance | Truancy | School Bonding and Climate

Transfer | Transfer Practice | Policy | Curriculum | Degree Development and Approval

Youth and Youth Violence | International 

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