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NC State Department of Social Work Faculty Present at NASW

Posted on September 15, 2014 1:35 pm by hralliso



NC State Department of Social Work Faculty Karen Bullock, PhD, LCSW, Jodi K. Hall, EdD, MSW, and Marcie Fisher-Borne, PhD, MSW, MPH recently presented at the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Annual Conference. Their presentation, “Courage, Hope, Leadership: A Social Justice Practice Perspective,” focused on social justice-based practice approaches. For more information about the 2014 NASW Conference, please visit the NASW-NC website.

Department of Social Work Faculty & Staff Accept ALS Ice-Bucket Challenge

Posted on September 12, 2014 4:12 pm by Elizabeth Patrick

ALS Challenge

The Department of Social Work Faculty and Staff were recently challenged by Laurie Messinger of UNCW to complete the ALS ice bucket challenge. Dr. Karen Bullock, Head of the Department of Social Work, accepted the challenge along with faculty members Kim Andreaus, Allen Ellis, Dr. Willa Casstevens, and Dr. Jodi Hall.  The participants graciously accept the challenge in honor of Marcus Waralice who has recently been diagnosed with ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease). In response to the call, Dr. Bullock enlisted the help of some current undergraduate students to help dump the ice water on the participants. In response to completing the challenge, it is customary to challenge others to follow suit. Dr. Bullock challenges the Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr. Jeffery Braden and Assistant Dean Betty Byrum to the ice bucket challenge. In addition, Kim Andreaus challenges Rebecca Brigham of the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) in the School of Social Work. Alan Ellis challenges Dr. Marcie Fisher-Borne of the Department of Social Work, here at North Carolina State University. Dr. Casstevens challenges Ann Jones also of the School of Social Work at UNC-CH. Finally, Dr. Hall challenges all of her former colleagues at Wake County Human Services including Case Managers, Social Workers, and Human Services professionals.



Seven Tenure-Track Scholars Join Faculty

Posted on August 11, 2014 9:32 am by Lauren Kirkpatrick

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences welcomes seven new tenure-track faculty to its ranks this fall. Their research interests range from international security to digital humanities to obesity and stigma. Meet these stellar scholars, researchers and teachers.

Helen Burgess

Helen Burgess

Helen J. Burgess joins the Department of English as an associate professor in the area of digital humanities and new media publication.

  • Ph.D. (English), West Virginia University, 2003
  • M.A. (English with Distinction), Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 1997
  • B.A. (English with Honors), Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, 1994

Helen Burgess is active in the new media research community as editor of the online journal Hyperrhiz: New Media Cultures; technical editor of Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge; and editorial board member for the Computing Literature series at West Virginia University/University of Paris VII Vincennes Saint-Denis. She is coauthor of Red Planet: Scientific and Cultural Encounters with Mars and Biofutures: Owning Body Parts and Information, both titles published in the Mariner10 interactive DVD-ROM series at the University of Pennsylvania Press. Her latest completed work is Highways of the Mind, an interactive book forthcoming in 2014 from Penn Press. She has interests in digital humanities, electronic literature, critical code studies, multimedia and web development, and science fiction.

Jeni Burnette

Jeni Burnette

Jeni L. Burnette joins the Department of Psychology as an assistant professor in the area of Psychology in the Public Interest.

  • Ph.D. (Social Psychology), Virginia Commonwealth University, 2006
  • M.A. (Social Psychology), Virginia Commonwealth University, 2004
  • B.A. (Psychology), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000

Jeni Burnette’s research applies basic social psychological theories to understanding significant social issues such as obesity and stigma. She primarily focuses on how mindsets matter for dieting motivation and for achieving weight-loss goals. Her recent work examines how public health messages shape personal beliefs about weight, stigma and body shame. Her work has been published in journals including Psychological Bulletin, Psychological Science, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, and Personality and Social Psychological Bulletin.

Alan Ellis

Alan Ellis

Alan Ellis joins the Department of Social Work as an assistant professor.

  • Ph.D. (Social Work), University of North Carolina, 2012
  • M.S.W. (Social Work), University of North Carolina, 1996
  • B.A. (Computer Science and Spanish), Dartmouth College, 1990

Durham native Alan Ellis comes to NC State after 17 years at UNC-Chapel Hill, which he spent in various research capacities, including 11 years as a research associate at the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research. He has authored or co-authored 35 peer-reviewed papers, focusing primarily on mental health services. His key research interests are mental health promotion, child well-being and methods for comparative effectiveness research. In addition to research, Ellis enjoys writing and teaching.

Melissa Hardesty

Melissa Hardesty

Melissa Hardesty joins the faculty in the Department of Social Work.

  • Ph.D. (Social Work), University of Chicago, 2014
  • M.S.W. (Social Work), Indiana State University, 2007
  • B.S. (Psychology), Indiana State University, 1999

Melissa Hardesty’s recently completed dissertation research was an ethnographic study of frontline adoption and foster care caseworkers in a concurrent planning foster care adoption program. It focused on the ways in which workers handle simultaneous calls to be objective and offer perspective, and how they juggle “ethical labor,” including balancing ethical principles and the demands of day-to-day practice. Her other research interests include  gender and sexuality, kinship and ethnographic methods.

Andrew Johnston

Andrew Johnston

Andrew Johnston joins the Department of English as an assistant professor.

  • Ph.D. (Cinema and Media Studies), University of Chicago, 2011
  • M.A. (American Studies), University of Maryland, College Park, 2004
  • B.A. (English Literature), College of William and Mary, 2001

Andrew Johnston comes to NC State from the Film and Media Studies Program and English Department at Amherst College. His research areas include film history and theory, animation, avant-garde film, aesthetic theory, media archaeology, and areas of the digital humanities such as the history of computational technologies and digital archives. His forthcoming book, Pulses of Abstraction: Episodes from a History of Animation, examines the history of abstract animation in cinema and new media from the 1950s through the 1970s. He is currently writing a series of articles about the development of computer-generated imagery and methods of archiving and transcoding these works on contemporary platforms.

faculty Robert Reardon

Robert Reardon

Robert Reardon joins the School of Public and International Affairs as an assistant professor of political science. His areas of specialization are in international security, nuclear proliferation, and science and technology policy.

  • Ph.D. (Political Science), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2010
  • M.S. (Biology), University of Illinois
  • B.A. (History), Columbia University, 1993

Robert Reardon’s teaching and research lies at the nexus of international security and science and technology policy. The principal focus of his research has been on the effectiveness of sanctions, military force and diplomacy as policy tools to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. He has written extensively on Iran’s nuclear program, including Containing Iran (2010), and has published on the topic in International SecurityNational Interest, and several edited volumes. Previously, Reardon was a research fellow in the International Security Program and the Project on Managing the Atom at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

Kathleen Vogel

Kathleen Vogel

Kathleen M. Vogel joins the School of Public and International Affairs as an associate professor with tenure and as director of the college’s interdisciplinary studies program called Science, Technology and Society.

  • Ph.D. (Chemistry), Princeton University, 1998
  • M.A. (Chemistry), Princeton University, 1995
  • B.A./B.S. (Biology, Chemistry, Spanish), Drury College, 1993

Kathleen Vogel's research focuses on the social and technical dimensions of bioweapons threats and the production of knowledge in intelligence assessments. Prior to joining NC State’s faculty, Vogel was an associate professor at Cornell University with a joint appointment in the Department of Science and Technology Studies and the Judith Reppy Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies.  Vogel was also previously appointed as a William C. Foster Fellow in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Proliferation Threat Reduction in the Bureau of Nonproliferation. Vogel has also spent time as a visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Cooperative Monitoring Center, Sandia National Laboratories and the Center for Nonprolif­eration Studies, and the Monterey Institute of International Studies.

Master of Social Work Alumnus Appointed Director of Clinical Services for HD Reach

Posted on July 28, 2014 3:10 pm by Jennifer Mathurin


Huntington's Disease: a degenerative genetic disorder which affects the brain and muscle coordination and later leads to psychiatric problems such as depression, psychosis and apathy. Named after Dr. George Huntington in 1872, Huntington's Disease (HD) is now recognized as being one of the more common genetic disorders. In fact, more than a quarter of a million  Americans are at risk of being affected by HD if one parent is affected by the disease. Currently there is no treatment for HD or known ways of stopping the disease from getting worse. However, nonprofit organizations such as HD Reach dedicate their time to assist families affected by HD in North Carolina.

HD Reach has named Jared Husketh, a North Carolina native and graduate of NC State's Master of Social Work Program, as its director of clinical services. Husketh also holds dual bachelor's degrees in political science and anthropology from NC State.

"Jared is uniquely qualified to take the HD Reach mission statewide," says Clinical Associate in Psychiatry at Duke University and President of HD Reach Dr. Mary Edmondson. "In addition to his education and work experiences, he has been a family caregiver for loved ones with progressive motor and cognitive impairment. He is drawn to work with Huntington's families because he understands the day-to-day challenges of living with a progressive neurologic disease. With Jared at the helm, we can now bring hope and help to the HD community from the mountains to the coast."

Congratulations, Jared, and thank you for your work to help families affected with Huntington's Disease!





Staff Member Personifies Commitment to Serve

Posted on July 14, 2014 12:32 pm by Lauren Kirkpatrick

Claudia Kearney, MSW

Claudia Kearney

Claudia Kearney personifies NC State's commitment to serve. As a staff trainer for the college's Center for Family and Community Engagement, she provides outreach and training to all of North Carolina's 100 counties. When she's not traveling the state, she might be found developing training materials in collaboration with partners such as the NC Division of Social Services and UNC-Chapel Hill Jordan Institute.  She also represents the university and the center at national and international conferences and as a member of the Governor's Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs.

Kearney is among five NC State staff members who have earned recognition for service from the university through the Awards for Excellence program. The winners were chosen from among 45 nominees from colleges and units across the NC State campus and will be considered for the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the fall.

"Claudia's outstanding training is helping service providers across North Carolina partner in new ways with the families they serve -- and in ways that keep the well-being of children at the very center of all they do," says Kara Allen-Eckard, CFFACE training coordinator. "She is not afraid to ask tough questions, to roll up her sleeves to work hard, and to speak up on behalf of families, children, and youth in everything she does. Whether she's developing curricula, providing training, or collaborating with community partners, Claudia stays focused on meeting the needs of North Carolina's families, children, and youth.”

CFFACE is a public service and research center at NC State that fosters collaborations between families, their communities, and the academic resources of the university.  In addition to providing training and technical assistance to its community partners, the center works with interdisciplinary partners on the local, national, and global levels to improve family and community health and well-being.