BSW/MSW Field Coordinator

Prof. Jennifer Frank

Prof. Jennifer Frank

Instructor/BSW/MSW Field Coordinator


Jennifer.Frank@millersville.edu
Office: McComsey 333
Phone: 717.871-7180
Fax: 717.871.7941

Office Hours

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Additional Information

Degrees(s) Earned:  BA Social Work (Millersville University, 1999); MSW (Millersville/Shippensburg University, 2009); ABD, PhD Social Work (Bryn Mawr College, anticipated 2016)

Prof. Jennifer Frank is an instructor and the field coordinator for the BSW and MSW programs at Millersville University.  Prof. Frank is a licensed social worker in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a member of NASW.  Prof. Frank has extensive practice experience in the areas of poverty and homelessness.  She has worked at the micro level with individuals experiencing homelessness in a variety of programs.  Jen has experience at the mezzo and macro levels including program development/implementation, program/staff supervision, and community work.

Prof. Frank has a strong interest in homelessness and poverty and the lived experiences of marginalized populations.  This fall, Prof. Frank will be taking the lead in teaching the department’s new First Year Seminar course for newly admitted freshman social work majors, Perspectives on Poverty.  This course will explore the diverse messages regarding poverty and will focus on the personal experiences of those with first-hand knowledge. 

Prof. Frank enjoys being in the classroom and creating an atmosphere of intense dialogue around pertinent and controversial issues of social welfare.  A proponent of social justice, Prof. Frank seeks to engage students in broad thinking around issues at the macro level to create an environment conducive to social action and change.

Prof. Frank is active in the local community.  Currently, she serves on the Guiding Coalition for the Circles Initiative of Lancaster County.  She is also an active member of the Poverty Task Force of the Penn Manor School District. 

Prof. Frank is currently ABD in the Phd program at Bryn Mawr College.  She has successfully defended her dissertation proposal entitled “System building in homeless services”; her anticipated graduation date is December 2016.

Recent Scholarship, Publications and Presentations

Scholarship and Publications:
 
Frank, J. (2015). “System building in homeless services.” Dissertation Proposal submitted 4/14/15.
 
Frank, J. (2014). “An examination of a shift in the homeless services system.” Submitted a full manuscript to The Journal of Social Welfare and Human Rights, October 2014.
 
Frank, J., Bethel, J., & Rohrer, A. (2013). “Examining ways of helping the poor: A critical examination of the church’s response to need.”  Submitted an abstract to Social Work and Christianity special issue, Fall 2013.
 
Presentations:
Frank, J. & Walsh, K. Engaging social workers and students in community action.  Accepted for presentation at the NASW-PA yearly conference, State College, PA, October 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 yearly conference.  King of Prussia, PA, October 2014.

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

Frank, J. BSW/MSW Field Retreat Workshop. Presented for Field Instructors, Field Liaisons, and Students at Millersville University.  Millersville, PA, August 2014.

Frank, J. Self-Care for Service Professionals. Presented for staff of Pennsylvania Housing and Finance Agency at Millersville University, Millersville, PA, August 2014.

Frank, J. & Minnick, D. MSW Orientation: Field Placement.  Presented to MU/SU MSW Students at the Dixon Center. Harrisburg, PA, May 2014.

Frank, J. BSW/MSW Field Retreat Workshop.  Presented for Field Instructors, Field Liaisons, and Students at Millersville University.  Millersville, PA, August 2013.

Frank, J. Avoiding Compassion Fatigue and Burnout.  Workshop presented for Tabor Community Services Staff.  Lancaster, PA, February 2013.

Frank, J. BSW Field Instruction: Strategies for Student Success.  Workshop presented for Field Instructors, Field Liaisons, and BSW Students at Millersville University.  Millersville, PA, January 2013.

Frank, J. Professionalism Seminars 1-3. Workshops created presented for BSW Field Students at Millersville University. Millersville, PA, Sept-Nov. 2012.

Frank, J. MSW Field Instruction: Overview.  Workshop presented for Field Instructors, Field Liaisons, and MSW Students at Millersville University.  Lancaster, PA, August 2012.

Frank, J. BSW Field Instruction: Strategies for Student Success.  Workshop presented for Field Instructors, Field Liaisons, and BSW Students at Millersville University.  Lancaster, PA, January 2012.

Frank, J. Homelessness: The Ultimate Expression of Poverty.  Presentation provided to a meeting of the Shanghai Executive students at Millersville University.  Millersville, PA, October 2011.

Frank, J. MSW Field Instruction: Overview.  Workshop presented for Field Instructors, Field Liaisons, and MSW Students at Millersville University.  Lancaster, PA, August 2011.

Frank, J. MSW Field Instruction: Logistics and Learning.  Workshop presented for Field Instructors, Field Liaisons, and MSW Students at Millersville University.  Lancaster, PA, August 2011.

Frank, J. MSW Field Instruction: Strategies for Student Success.  Workshop presented for Field Instructors, Field Liaisons, and MSW Students at Millersville University.  Lancaster, PA, August 2011.

Frank, J.  Social Work Interns: An Agency Resource.  Presented at Cross Problems Workshop at United Way of Lancaster. Lancaster, PA, April 2011.

Frank, J. & Minnick, D. MSW Orientation: Field Placement.  Presented to MU/SU MSW Students at the Dixon Center. Harrisburg, PA, April 2011.

Frank, J. Your Field Placement: How to Obtain the Placement You Want.  Presentation prepared and provided to BSW Field Students at Millersville University. Millersville, PA, March 2011.

Frank, J., Girvin, H. & Johnson, D. Integrating Policy and Diversity into the Field Experience: Introduction and Overview.  Organized and presented introductory material for Field Instruction session at Millersville University. Lancaster, PA, March 2011.

Frank, J. Field Liaison Training: How to Make the Most of the Liaison Role.  Presentation prepared and provided to BSW Field Liaisons at Millersville University. Lancaster, PA, February 2011.

Frank, J. Professionalism Seminar. Workshop created presented for BSW Field Students at Millersville University. Millersville, PA, January 2011.

Frank, J., & Rice, K. Using Competencies and Practice Behaviors in Field Supervision. Workshop presented for BSW Field Instructors and BSW Field Liaisons at Millersville University.  Millersville, PA, January 2011.

Frank, J. Rapid Re-housing: Significance and Strategy.  Presented at Millersville University and provided to agencies in Lancaster, PA, July 2011

Frank, J. Person 1st Language: What We Say and How We Say It.  Presented to staff of Tabor Community Services.  Lancaster, PA, 2010.

Frank, J. Prevention Services Overview.  Presented to staff of Tabor Community Services, housing clients, local landlords, and agency representatives.  Lancaster, PA, 2010.

Frank, J. Successfully Securing Housing.  Presented to staff of Tabor Community Services and clients of the Section 8 Program.  Lancaster, PA 2007-2008.

Frank, J. & Moshier-McDivitt, K. Case Management Overview.  Presented to housing staff of Tabor Community Services. Lancaster, PA 2007.

Frank, J. & Charles, T.Landlord Tenant Rights and Responsibilities.  Presented to staff and clients of Tabor Community Services, Lancaster, PA 2006—2010.