Instructor

Dr. Jennifer Frank

Dr. Jennifer Frank

Instructor


Jennifer.Frank@millersville.edu
Office: Stayer 309
Phone: 717.871-7180
Fax: 717.871.7941

Office Hours

Comments: Other times by appointment

Additional Information

Degrees(s) Earned: BA Social Work (Millersville University, 1999); MSW (Millersville/Shippensburg University, 2009); Ph.D., Social Work (Bryn Mawr College, 2017)

Dr. Jennifer Frank is an instructor in the BSW and MSW programs at Millersville University.  Dr. Frank holds a PhD from the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of social work and Social Research. Her dissertation was a qualitative study entitled "Making it work: Small town system building in homelessness services." Dr. Frank is currently engaged in several research projects to explore various issues, which include: perceptions of poverty, socio-economic distance, critical civil discourse, and food insecurity.

In the classroom, Dr. Frank enjoys creating an atmosphere of intense dialogue around pertinent and controversial issues of social welfare. A proponent of social justice, Dr. Frank seeks to engage students in broad thinking around issues at the macro level to creat an environment conducive to social action and change. Dr. Frank developed and teaches the department's new First Year Seminar course for newly admitted freshman social work majors, Perspectives on Poverty in America. This course utilizes innovative and experiental pedagogy to explore the diverse narratives regarding poverty with a focus on the personal experiences of those with first-hand knowledge.

Dr. Frank is a licensed social worker in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a member of NASW. Dr. Frank has extensive practice experience in the areas of poverty and homelessness. At the micro level, she has worked extensively with individuals experiencing homelessness in a variety of programs. At the mezzo and macro levels, she has worked in program development/implementation, program/staff supervision, as well as community work. Dr. Frank has a strong intrest in homessness and poverty and the lived experiences of marginalized populations. Dr. Frank is active in the local community. She is a member of the Pathways out of Poverty group of Lancaster County as well as the Bridges Poverty Task Force.

Recent Scholarship, Publications and Presentations

Articles in Refereed Journals

Frank, J.M., & Rice, K. (2017). Perceptions of poverty in America: using social empathy to reframe students' attitudes, Social Work Education, DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2017.1287261

Rice, K., Girvin, H., Frank, J.M., Corso, L. (2016): Utilizing Expressive Arts to Explore Educational Goals among Girls in Haiti, Social Work with Groups, DOI: 10.1080/01609513.2016.1258620

Frank, J. (2016). Fostering a developmental perspective in understanding youth homelessness, Perspectives on Social Work 12(2), 12-19.

Bethel, J., Foels, L., Frank, J.M., Walsh, K., and Rice, K. (2016). Creativity as a vehicle for transformation and social change, Journal of Scholastic Inquiry, 5, 9-31.

Rice, K., Girvin, H., Frank, J.M., & Foels, L. (2016). The Learning Institute: Promoting social justice advocacy within a continuing education program, Journal of Teaching Social Work, 36:4, 380-389.

Instructional Support Resources

Proctor, C., Frank, J., Walsh, K., & Rice, K. (2015). Millersville University BSW Field Manual.

Frank, J., Walsh, K., & Rice, K. (2014). Millersville University BSW Field Manual.

Reports and Proposals:

Rice, K., Frank, J. (November, 2015). Circles of Lancaster County. Program evaluation prepared for Atlas of Lancaster County, Community Action Program.

Refereed Presentations

Frank, J. Using experiental learning and critical self-reflection to promote social action.  Workshop presented at the Museum of the City of New York's Teaching Social Action in the Classroom Conference, May 6, 2017.

Frank, J. Homeless in Youth: An exploration of the challenges faced by homeless children. Workshop presented at 4th Annual Global Well-Being and Social Change Conference: Children's Rights: Building resilience, protecting from harm, & fostering well-being among our world's children, Millersville University, Ware Center, Lancaster, PA, June 7-9, 2017.

Frank, J., Rice, K., Keever, N., & Mathers, J. On My Mat: Promoting Compassion, Mindfulness, and Body Kindness in School Aged-Girls. Workshop presented at 4th Annual Global Well-Being and Social Change Conference: Children's Rights: Building resilience, protecting from harm, & fostering well-being among our world's children, Millersville University, Ware Center, Lancaster, PA, June 7-9, 2017.

Frank, J., Clement, A., Meckley, D., Geyer, K. Strengthening the community through developing a collaborative community-based model for addressing poverty in a local school district. Workshop presented at 4th Annual Global Well-Being and Social Change Conference: Children's Rights: Buildiing resilience, protecting from harm, & fostering well-being among our world's children, Millersville University, Ware Center, Lancaster, PA, June 7-9, 2017.

Friedman, L., and Frank, J. Ethical dilemmas in child welfare. Workshop presented at the 25th Annual Pennsylvania Permanency Conference, June 2017.

Frank, J., Girvin, H., and Granruth, L. Bridging the gap together. Paper presented at the BPD Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, March 4, 2017. 

Frank, J., & Rice, K. Perceptions of poverty among undergraduate social work majors. Paper presented at the BPD Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, March 3, 2017.

Bethel, J., Foels, L., Redcay, A., & Frank, J. Teaching Diversity and Social Justice Through Dialogue Groups. Paper presented at the Lancaster Learns Conference, Elizabethtown, PA, February 24, 2017.

Frank, J. System building in homeless services. Presented at the North American Association of Christians in Social Work annual conference in Cincinnati, OH, November 19, 2016.

Frank, J. Rewriting the poverty narrative using social empathy. Presented at the NASW-PA annual conference in King of Prussia, PA October 7, 2016.

Friedman, L. and Frank, J. Ethical dilemmas in macro practice. Presented at the NASW-PA annual conference in King of Prussia, PA Octorber 7, 2016.

Frank, J. Community building for supportive services. Presented at the PHFA Annual Conference in King of Prussia, PA, June 24, 2016.

Frank, J., Girvin, H., and Granruth, L. Bridging the gap together. Paper presented at the International Association of Social Work Groups Annual Conference, New York, NY, June 17, 2016.

Frank, J., Girvin, H., and Granruth, L. (2015). Bridging the gap together. Paper presented at 3rd Annual Global Well-Being and Social Change Conference: Global Poverty: Human Needs, Economic Justice, and Social Change, Millersville University, Ware Center, Lancaster, PA, June 8-10, 2016.

Frank, J., Rice, K. Perceptions of poverty among undergraduate social work majors. Paper presented at 3rd Annual Global Well-Being and Social Change Conference: Global Poverty: Human Needs, Economic Justice, and Social Change, Millersville University, Ware Center, Lancaster, PA, June 8-10, 2016.

Rice, K., Girvin, H., & Frank, J. Responses to poverty: Global perspectives. Paper presented at 3rd Annual Global Well-Being and Social Change Conference: Global Poverty: Human Needs, Economic Justice, and Social Change, Millersville University, Ware Center, Lancaster, PA, June 8-10, 2016.

Frank, J. (2015). Restarting the poverty narrative using social empathy. Paper presented at 3rd Annual Global Well-Being and Social Change Conference: Global Poverty: Human Needs, Economic Justice, and Social Change, Millersville University, Ware Center, Lancaster, PA, June 8-10, 2016.

Frank, J. Cultivating change agents: Developing self-efficacy as a pathway to social action. Presenting at the Museum of the City of New York's 4th Annual Teaching Social Action in the Classroom National Conference, New York, NY, May 21, 2016.

Frank, J. Challenging residential segregation along class lines as a feature of modern community. Presented at the University of Memphis Mid-South Family and Community Empowerment Institute, Rural and Urban Poverty and Its Effects on Health and Mental Health: Social Work Interventions in Memphis, Memphis, TN, April 15, 2016.

Frank, J. Engaging social workers and students in community action. Presented at the NASW-PA annual conference, State College, PA, October 2015.

Corso, L., Rice, K., Girvin, H., & Frank, J. Utilizing literature, film, and expressive arts to foster educational goals in Haiti. Paper presented at the 2nd Annual Global Well-Being and Social Change Conference: Exploitation of Women and Children: Global Perspectives, Millersville University, Ware Center, Lancaster, PA, June 10-12, 2015.

Girvin, H., Frank, J., Rice, K., & Corso, L. Hurtful helping: How & why well-intended efforts to serve others fail. Paper presented at the Global Awareness Society Inernational's 24th Annual Global Conference, Philadelphia, PA, May 21-25, 2015.

Rice, K., Corso, L., Girvin, H., & Frank, J. Organizational culture and its impact on the helping process. Paper presented at the Global Awareness Society International's 24th Annual Global Conference, Philadelphia, PA, May 21-25, 2015.

Rice, K., Girvin, H., Corso, L., & Frank, J. Expressive arts: An alternative method of helping. Paper presented at the Global Awareness Society International's 24th Annual Global Conference, Philadelphia, PA, May 21-25, 2015.

Frank, J. & Walsh, K. Solving social problems through community engagement. Presented at the PASSHE Summit. Lancaster, PA, November 2014.

Frank, J. & Friedman, L. Who is Worthy of Help? Presented at the NASW-PA annual conference. King of Prussia, PA, October 2014.

Frank, J. & Friedman, L. Finding the Balance. Presented at the NASW-PA annual conference. King of Prussia, PA, October 2014.