Associate Professor/Chair/DSW Co-Director

Dr. Karen Rice

Dr. Karen Rice

Associate Professor/Chair/DSW Co-Director


Karen.Rice@millersville.edu
Office: Stayer 307
Phone: 717.871.5297
Fax: 717.871.7941

Office Hours

M: 1:00pm-3:00pm
T: 10:30am-11:30am
R: 10:00am-12:00pm
Comments: Other times by appointment

Additional Information

Karen Rice, Associate Professor, Department Chairperson, and DSW Co-Director, joined the School of Social Work in 2006.  An alumnus of Millersville University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in psychology, Dr. Rice later earned her MSW from Temple and PhD from the University of Maryland, Baltimore.  Dr. Rice has been at MU since the inception of its joint MU-SU MSW program and played an integral role in the reaffirmation of accreditation of that program.  She was also the lead developer of the joint KU-MU DSW program. 

A licensed social worker in Pennsylvania, Dr. Rice has practiced in the areas of child welfare and adult and juvenile mental health and sexual perpetration.  She was a trainer for the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center where she trained child welfare workers and assisted with the development of curriculum related to the investigation of child abuse and neglect and working with families with substance abuse issues.  Most recently, Dr. Rice was the lead developer of the Mandated Reporter and Child Abuse Recognition training that meets the ACT 31 of 2014 mandates. 

Through her travels internationally and working with others who have experienced trauma, Dr. Rice learned of the importance of the arts in helping individuals process and express their experiences as well as a mechanism to foster social change.  As a result, Dr. Rice recently received her Trauma-Informed Art Therapy and Trauma-Informed Expressive Arts Therapy Level I Certificate. 

Dr. Rice is dedicated to producing effective evidence-based social work practitioners within a global society and as such developed The Learning Institute: Global Well-Being and Social Change, which is a continuing education program within the School of Social Work that offers students and practitioners the latest evidence on global social issues in order to glean knowledge that will enhance their skills and foster lifelong learning in order to be positive social change agents.  

Dr. Rice is a member of the International Committee, a committee of the Baccalaureate Program Directors (BPD) and was recently appointed to serve as the NADD (National Association of Deans and Directors) representative on CSWE’s DSW Accreditation Task Force.  She serves on a number of boards, locally and internationally, lending her knowledge and skills related to program development and evaluation, diversity and cultural competence, and global social work practice.  These boards include: Lancaster County Children & Youth Social Service Agency, Campaign Against the Sexual Abuse of Children, Church World Services, Rafiki Africa, and the Rural Social Work Caucus.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Rice teaches across all levels, BSW, MSW, and DSW.  She primarily teaches courses in the research/statistics sequence, including courses that focus on program evaluation, intervention research, survey development and measurement, and qualitative research.  She also teaches courses on diversity, global social work, macro social work practice, and child welfare.  

Research Interests

Dr. Rice has published numerous research articles and presented her research findings at a number of regional, national, and international conferences. The primary focus of her research is on trauma, social justice, and social change.  She is active on a number of research projects that explores the benefits of international service learning projects in fostering compassion as well as examining ways of helping those who experienced trauma, and that utilizes the expressive arts to raise awareness and activate social change.  She is a reviewer for a number of journals including: Advances in Social Work, Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, and Contemporary Rural Social Work.


Recent Scholarship, Publications and Presentations

Publications

Rice, K., Girvin, H, Frank, J., & Foels, L. (2016). The Learning Institute: Promoting social justice advocacy within a continuing education program. Journal of Teaching Social Work. doi: 10.1080/08841233.2016.1200704

Bethel, J., Foels, L., Walsh, K., Frank, J., & Rice, K. (2016). Creativity as a vehicle for transformation. Journal of Scholastic Inquiry: Behavioral Sciences, 5, 9-31.

Rice, K. & Felizzi, M. V. (2015). Global youth: Understanding challenges, identifying solutions, offering hope. United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Rice, K., & Girvin, H. (2015). Through their eyes: Using photo-elicitation to explore bullying and promote change. In K. Rice & M. V. Felizzi (Eds.), Global youth: Understanding challenges, identifying solutions, offering hope. United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Foels, L., Hill, S., & Rice, K. (2015). Bullying: Understanding, preventing, and assessing. In K. Rice & M. V. Felizzi (Eds.), Global youth: Understanding challenges, identifying solutions, offering hope. United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Rice, K., & Girvin, H. (2014). Engaging families, building relationships: Strategies for working across systems from a social exchange perspective. Advances in Social Work, 15, 306-317.

Rice, K., & Walsh, K. (2014). Building university-community partnerships in rural settings through a community-based learning assignment. Contemporary Rural Social Work, 6, 126-135. Retrieved from http://journal.und.edu/crsw/article/view/647.

Rice, K., Girvin, H., & Primak, S. (2014). Engaging adolescent youth in foster care through photography. Child Care Journal, 20, 37-47. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13575279.2013.847054.

Rice, K. (2014). Book review: Identity and art therapy: Personal and professional perspectives. International Expressive Arts Therapy Newsletter, Second Edition.

Sylvester Lynch, R., & Rice, K. (2013). Understanding responsible fatherhood in the context of modern day family formation. In S. Lusk (Ed.), Counseling the addicted family: Implications for the practitioner. Linn Creek, MO: Aspen Professional Services.

Rice, K., Primak, S., & Girvin, H. (2013). Through their eyes: Using photography with youth who experienced trauma. The Qualitative Report, 18, 1-14. Retrieved from http://www.nova.edu/ssss/QR/QR18/rice52.pdf

Kaye, S., Shaw, T., DePanfilis, D., & Rice, K. (2012). Estimating staffing needs for in-home child welfare services with a weighted caseload formula. Child Welfare, 91, 61-76.

Rice, K., & Girvin, H. (2011). Building relationships across systems to enhance resiliency and improve foster care outcomes. Contemporary Rural Social Work, 3, 50-58.

Long Burry, C., Shdaimah, C. S., Richardson, L., & Rice, K. (2011). Child welfare in the court: A collaboration between social work and law faculty in a course for social work students. Journal of Public Child Welfare, 5, 426-444.

Presentations

Rice, K., & Girvin, H. Expressive arts: Alternative approaches to work with children and youth. Paper presented at 41st Annual National Conference on Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas: From Surviving to Thriving: New Paradigms in Rural Social Work, El Paso, TX, July 6-8, 2016.

Rice, K., & Girvin, H. Group work with youth: Promoting social change. Workshop presented at International Association of Social Work with Groups Symposium, Group Work Across the Globe: Building Transformative Connections, New York, NY, June 15-18, 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.

Girvin, H., & Rice, K. Engaging youth for social change. Oral presentation at 2015 Annual CASA of Lancaster County Conference: ALL IN: The Important Value of Inclusion, Willow Valley, PA, December 2, 2015.

Rice, K., Girvin, H., Felizzi, M., & Hagelgans, D. Building community: Response to disasters in rural areas. Paper presented at 40th Annual National Institute for Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas: Building Rural and Frontier Areas, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, South Dakota, July 15-17, 2015

Rice, K. & Walsh, K. Horse & Rider: Using film to raise awareness, educate, and promote positive change, parts I & II. Workshop 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

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

Rice, K., & Foels, L. Global citizenship: Collective voices through expressive arts. Paper presented at International Association for Social Work with Groups 37th Annual Symposium: Group Work: Creating Space for all Voices, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, June 4-7, 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 International’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

Felizzi, M. V., & Rice, K. Family violence, emotional abuse and trauma focused treatment. Paper presented at the 2015 Many Faces of Family Violence Conference, Long Island University Post, Brookville, NY, April 17, 2015

Rice, K., Felizzi, M., & Foels, L. Building bridges: Education for global citizenship. Paper presented at 32nd Annual Baccalaureate Program Directors: Social Work: Educating the Masses, Kansas City, MO, March 4-8, 2015

Foels, L., Rice, K., & Bethel, J. Awareness, education, and next steps: Examining heterosexism. Workshop presented at Common Roads: LGBT Center 8th Annual GSA Leadership Summit, Dickinson College, Philadelphia, PA, February 20-21, 2015

Bethel, J., Foels, L., & Rice, K. Teaching social justice: Effective use of dialogue groups, 2014 PASSHE Summit: A Passport to Success Through Innovation, Creativity and Engagement, Millersville University, Millersville, PA, November 12-14, 2014

Bookmiller, K., Yalda, S., Rice, K., Hagelgans, D., Felizzi, M., & Rivera-Hernandez, N. Millersville’s disaster management outreach program in Chile, 2014 PASSHE Summit: A Passport to Success Through Innovation, Creativity and Engagement, Millersville University, Millersville, PA, November 12-14, 2014.

Downey, D. B., Neuville, T., Rice, K., Umble, D., & Kornhauser, B. Engaging disabilities in a more inclusive community: Integrating disability pedagogy, advocacy, arts programming, and research, 2014 PASSHE Summit: A Passport to Success Through Innovation, Creativity and Engagement, Millersville University, Millersville, PA, November 12-14, 2014.

Bookmiller, K., Rice, K., Felizzi, M., Hagelgans, D., Yalda, S., & Bookmiller, R. Global inequality of disaster management, 2014 International Policy Conference: Inequality: Defining our Time? Millersville University, Millersville, PA, November 6-7, 2014.

Jacobs, D., Girvin, H., & Rice, K. Making it work: Two universities, one program, successful outcomes. Paper presented at Academic Innovation Conference, Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA, October 17, 2014

Rice, K., & Foels, L. Self discoveries and transformations through a stranger’s story. Paper presented at Oral History Association Annual Conference: Oral History in Motion: Movements, Transformations, and the Power of Story, Madison, WI, October 8-12, 2014

Keefer, D., Rice, K., Foels, L. Differences between young girls who vary by financial assistance in a sport-training program meant to improve self-esteem, body size satisfaction, and physical activity commitment.  Presented at the biennial meeting of the North American Society for Pediatric Exercise Medicine, Minneapolis, MN, August, 2014.

Girvin, H., Rice, K., & Foels, L. Rurality: Global perspective. Paper presented at 39th Annual National Institute for Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas: Building Bridges: Embracing Diversity, Silver City, NM, July 16-18, 2014

Rice, K., Girvin, H. Through Their Eyes: Using photo-elicitation to explore bullying and promote change.  Paper presented at 1st Annual Learning Institute Conference: Global Youth: Understanding Challenges, Identifying Solutions, Offering Hope, Lancaster, PA, July 9-10, 2014.

Hill, S., Rice, K., Foels, L. Bullying: Understanding, assessing, and preventing.  Paper presented at 1st Annual Learning Institute Conference: Global Youth: Understanding Challenges, Identifying Solutions, Offering Hope, Lancaster, PA, July 9-10, 2014.

Felizzi, M., & Rice, K. Emergency mental health and trauma. Poster presented at the 1st Emergency Management Theory and Research Workshop, Emmitsburg, MD, June 2, 2014.

Rice, K., & Foels, L. Creating global citizens: Cross borders. Paper presented at The Association of Baccalaureate of Social Work Program Directors: The Changing World and the Face of Social Work Education, Louisville, KY, March 19-23, 2014.

Rice, K., & Foels, L. Institute of global well-being and social change. Paper presented at PASSHE Summit: Inclusive Excellence and International Education: Expanding Our Community Together, Shippensburg University, November 21-22, 2013.

Rice, K., Foels, L., & Girvin, H. Measuring cultural competence among undergraduate students. Poster presented at Council on Social Work Education 59th Annual Program Meeting: Global Social Work: The World is Here, in Dallas, TX, October 31-November 3, 2013.

Foels, L., & Rice, K. Transformation through the use of technology: Special assignments. Paper presented at Desire2learn: Ignite, Lancaster, PA, October 18, 2013.

Rice, K. Single-subject research design: Ensuring implementation fidelity in social work. Poster presented at the 27th Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association: Evaluating Practice in the Early 21st Century, Washington, DC, October 16-19, 2013.

Rice, K., Reynolds, R., & Newswanger, A. Poverty simulation: Enhancing social justice. Workshop presented at the NASW-PA 2013 Conference Connecting Communities, Lancaster, PA, October 10-12, 2013.

Rice, K., Foels, L. A classroom without walls: Using tumbler to capture the “senses.” Workshop presented at the RECAP: Instructional Technology: The New Era, West Chester University, West Chester, PA, May 23, 2013.

Foels, L., Rice, K., & Bethel, J. Encounters in human diversity: A hands-on approach to teaching social justice. Workshop presented at the 26th Association of Baccalaureate of Social Work Program Directors Conference: Hands On Social Work Education: Learning Beyond the Classroom, in Myrtle Beach, SC, March 6-10, 2013.

Rice, K. Evaluating your practice: Teaching research competencies through a class project. Workshop presented at the 26th Association of Baccalaureate of Social Work Program Directors Conference: Hands On Social Work Education: Learning Beyond the Classroom, in Myrtle Beach, SC, March 6-10, 2013.

Rice, K., Bethel, J., & Foels, L. Critical evaluation of the cycle of socialization and how it perpetuates heterosexism. Workshop presented at the 2nd Annual CASA of Lancaster County Conference: LGBTQIA Youth in Foster Care: Advocacy and Empowerment, Millersville, PA, January 25, 2013.

Foels, L., & Rice, K. Raising critical consciousness using technology. Poster presented at Technology Showcase, Millersville University, December, 14, 2012.

Bookmiller, K., Rice, K., & Peters, O. Doing good, fulfilling requirements and building a strong resume: Millersville University’s Social Work Field Placement Program in South Africa. Workshop presented at the 2012 PASSHE Summit: Inclusive Excellence and International Education: Charting the Future Together, in Slippery Rock, PA, November, 15-16, 2012.

Rice, K., & Walsh, K. Preparing responsible social workers through community-based learning assignments. Paper presented at the 26th Annual Conference of the American Evaluation Association Evaluation Complex Ecologies: Relationships,Responsibilities, Relevance, in Minneapolis, MN, October 24-27, 2012.

Foels, L., Rice, K., & Bethel, J. Developing a liberatory consciousness: Advancing social justice. Workshop presented at the NASW-PA 2012 Conference Purpose & Possibility, Valley Forge, PA, October 11-13, 2012.

Short, M., Rice, K., Girvin, H. Family Arts Collaborative: Building and sustaining relationships. Paper presented at the 37th Annual National Institute for Social Work and Human Services in Rural Areas Conference: Rural Social Work at the Crossroads: Building Capacity, Nurturing Sustainability, Nashville, IN, July 15-18, 2012.

Rice, K., & Foels, L. Use of oral histories to promote diversity and social justice. Workshop presented at the International Social Work Conference: Global Context: Local Solutions. Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN, June 14-15, 2012.

Foels, L., & Rice, K. Self-discovery through technology. Workshop presented at RECAP, West Chester, PA, May 17, 2012.

Rice, K., & Girvin, H. Differences in power: An ethnographic study of child welfare dependency hearings. Paper presented at the Human Rights, Social Justice, and Qualitative Research Forum. Fordham University, New York, NY, April 21, 2012.

Foels, L., & Rice, K. Diversity and social justice: A journey of self-discovery. Workshop presented at PA-NAME Conference: Transformative Multiculturalism: A paradigm shift to create, innovate, and engage. Millersville University, Millersville, PA, March 30-31, 2012.

Girvin, H., Rice, K., & Johnson, D. Writing across the social work curriculum: Facing challenges, assessing need, planning strategies. Workshop presented at the 57th Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting: Increasing Access: Confronting Disparity and Inequality. Atlanta, GA, October 27-30, 2011.

Girvin, H. & Rice, K. Utilizing focus groups as a means for program evaluation. Workshop presented at the annual National Association of Social Workers-Pennsylvania Conference: Strengthening the Fabric of Society. Lancaster, PA, October 13-15, 2011.

Rice, K., & Girvin, H. Through their eyes: Using photography to mitigate the effects of trauma. Paper presented at the Be the Evidence: Arts for Change Forum. Fordham University, New York, NY, September 24, 2011.

Rice, K., & Girvin, H. What matters: Understanding and honoring youths’ culture. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Rural Social Work Institute: A Place to Call Home: Honoring Family and Culture in Rural Social Work Practice. Natchitoches, LA, July 14-16, 2011.

Girvin, H. & Rice, K. Engaging families, building relationships: Strategies for working across systems. Paper presented at the annual The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research: One Child, Many Hands: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Child Welfare. Philadelphia, PA, June 8-10, 2011.

Girvin, H., & Rice, K. Using social exchange theory to remake management in public child welfare. Paper presented at the annual conference of the National Network for Social Work Managers: Remaking Management for the 21st Century:  Vision, Technology, Practice. Baltimore, MD, April 28-29, 2011.

Rice, K., Girvin, H., & Laspino, J. Through their eyes. Workshop presented at the 2011National CASA Conference: Building Hope for Youth. Chicago, IL, March 19-22, 2011.

DePanfilis, D., Collins, K., Bellin, M., Rice, K., & Williams, C. D. Back to the future: Designing & implementing social work intervention research. Workshop presented at the 15th Annual Society for Social Work and Research Conference: Emerging Horizons for Social Work Research. Tampa, FL, January 15-18, 2011.