Assistant Professor/Chair

Dr. Karen Rice

Dr. Karen Rice

Assistant Professor/Chair


Karen.Rice@millersville.edu
Office: McComsey 232
Phone: 717.871.5297
Fax: 717.871.7941

Additional Information

Degrees(s) Earned:  BA Psychology (Millersville University, 1991); MSW (Temple University, 2000); PhD Social Work (University Maryland Baltimore, 2011)

Current Teaching Responsibilities (course numbers and titles):

SOWK 305: Social Work and Child Welfare
SOWK 350: Encounters in Human Diversity
SOWK 401/402: Field Instruction I/II
SOWK 430: Social Work Research
SOWK 431: Social Work Statistics
SOWK 614: Survey Development and Measurement
SOWK 619: Global Perspectives in Social Work
SOWK 625: Advanced Research Methods

Teaching Responsibilities for Proposed Program:

SOWK/SWK 701: Social Work Leadership II
SOWK/SWK 710: Research Methodology
SOWK/SWK 715: Multivariate Analysis
SOWK/SWK 725: Intervention Research
SOWK/SWK 730: Qualitative Analysis
SOWK/SWK 720: Leadership/Teaching Praxis I
SOWK/SWK 721: Leadership/Teaching Praxis II
SOWK/SWK 776: Doctoral Dissertation I
SOWK/SWK 777: Doctoral Dissertation II
SOWK/SWK 614: Survey Development and Measurement (elective)
SOWK/SWK 619: Global Perspectives in Social Work (elective)

Scholarship Related to the Proposed Program:

Publications

Rice, K. & Girvin, H. (July, 2014). Lincoln Middle School Long-Term Residency: Final
            Report.
Final evaluation report prepared for Family Arts Collaborative and
            Pennsylvania Council of the Arts.

Rice, K.  (Summer, 2014). Bullying: Through Their Eyes. Article published in
            Pennsylvania PTA newsletter and same article subsequently published by
            the PA  Legislative Arts & Culture Caucus in their summer newsletter.

Rice, K. & Girvin, H. (May, 2014). MUth Theater Program Evaluation. Final
            evaluation report prepared for Family Arts Collaborative, MUth Theater.

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

 

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., 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

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. (January, 2013). Evidence-based practice: Best treatment approach.
            Continuing Education (CEU) Online Training, Falls Church, VA: Gannett
            Healthcare Group.

 

Rice, K., Girvin, H., & Laspino, J. (October, 2012). Through Their Eyes: Training

Manual for Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Programs. Millersville, PA: Millersville University of PA.

Rice, K. (August, 2012). Integrating research concepts to enhance practice.
            Continuing Education (CEU) Online Training, Falls Church, VA: Gannett
            Healthcare Group.

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.

 

Rice, K. (2010). Ethical dilemmas and a decision-making process for child welfare
            practice. In S. Scales, A. Potthast, & L. Oravecz (Eds.), The Ethics of the
            Family
(pp. 418-426). United Kingdom: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

 

Rice, K., Hwang, J., Abrefa-Gyan, T., & Powell, K. (2010). Evidence-based practice

questionnaire: A confirmatory factor analysis in a social work sample. Advances in Social Work.11, 158-173. Retrieved from http://advancesinsocialwork.iupui.edu/index.php/advancesinsocialwork/article/view/897/1792

Rice, K., & Girvin, H. (2010). Using a strengths-based perspective to change
            perceptions: An exploratory study. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work,
            15
(2), 1-16

Rice, K., & Bellin, M. (2009). Book review: Voices from the spectrum: Parents,
            grandparents, siblings, people with autism, and professionals share their
            wisdom. Social Work in Healthcare, 48, 555-557.

Bellin, M., & Rice, K. (2009). Individual family and peer factors associated with the
            quality of sibling relationships in families of youths with spina bifida.
            Journal of Family Psychology, 23(1), 39-47.

Bellin, M. H., Eugene, E. D., Rice, K., Solomon, R., & Beall, P. (2008). Social work
            education in developmental disabilities: Down Syndrome
. Curriculum
            manual, Baltimore, MD: Center for Maternal and Child Health Social Work
            Education.

Bellin, M., Solomon, R., & Rice, K. (2008). Social work education in developmental disabilities: Autism. Curriculum manual, Baltimore, MD: Center for Maternal and Child Health Social Work Education.

Pennsylvania Child Welfare Competency Based Training Program. (May, 2006).
            Drug and alcohol issues: An introduction for child welfare professionals.
            Curriculum manual, Mechanicsburg, PA: Author.

 

Presentations

Rice, K., & Heinly, M. A day in my shoes. Keynote presented at 2014 PSEA
            Department of Pupil Services Conference, State College, PA, August 6-7,
            2014

Rice, K. & Girvin, H. Cultural competency: Exploring dimensions of oppression.
            Training presented at CASA Volunteer Training, Lancaster, PA, August 4,
            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. Department level PASSHE collaboration. Panel presentation provided at
            PASSHE Department Chair Conference: Leading in a Time of Change,
           
Millersville University, Millersville, PA, May 14-15, 2014

Rice, K. The new chair: Transitioning from colleague to leader. Panel presentation
            provided at PASSHE Department Chair Conference: Leading in a Time of
            Change,
Millersville University, Millersville, PA, May 14-15, 2014

Rice, K., & Foels, L. Adoption: Adopting children from a different background.
            Presentation provided at Northeast Adoption Summit, Lancaster, PA, April
            26, 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., Girvin, H. Arts-based treatment with youth exposed to trauma.  Six-hour
            Continuing Education (CEU) workshop presented as part of the Learning
            Institute: Global Well-Being and Social Change, Millersville University,
            February 7, 2014.

Rice, K. Understanding, performing, and interpreting statistics. Three-day
            intensive “Boot Camp” for MSW students, Millersville University,
            Millersville, PA, January 16, 17, & 18, 2014.

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.

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.

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. Cultural competency: Exploring dimensions of oppression.
            Presented to new CASA Volunteers, Lancaster, PA, October 2, 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.

Powell, K., Abrefa-Gyan, T., Williams, C., & Rice, K. Perceptions and realities in
            evidence-based interventions:  Implications for social work education.
            Poster presented at the 56th Council on Social Work Education Annual
            Program Meeting: Promoting Sustainability in Social Work.
Portland, OR,
            October 14-17, 2010.

Rice, K., & Girvin, H. Building relationships across systems to enhance resiliency

and improve foster care outcomes. Paper presented at the Institute for Rural Social Work & Human Services Conference: The 3 R’s of Rural Social Work: Relationships, Resources and Resiliency. Presque Isle, ME, July 14-17, 2010.

Girvin, H. & Rice, K. A mixed methods program evaluation of CASA of Lancaster
            County. Poster presentation at the International Institute for Qualitative
            Methodology: Thinking Qualitatively 2010 Conference.
Alberta, Canada,
            June 21-26, 2010.

Girvin, H., & Rice, K. How to conduct ethnographic research. Training presented
            to members of Research & Data Committee of CASA of Lancaster County
            Program Evaluation Team, Millersville University, Millersville, PA, February
            19, 2010.

DePanfilis, D., Rice, K., Smith, E. G., & Filene, J. H. Assessing final outcomes:
            Predicting time to CPS report. Paper presented at The 14th Annual Society
            for Social Work and Research Conference: Social Work Research: A World of
            Possibilities.
San Francisco, CA, January 14-17, 2010.

Rice, K. Intensive family reunification services: The impact on case outcomes.
            Poster presentation at The Johns Hopkins Student Conference. Baltimore,
            MD, April 24, 2009.

Rice, K. Ethical dilemmas and a decision-making process for child welfare practice.
            Paper presented at The Society for Ethics Across the Curriculum: 10th
            International Conference on Ethics Across the Curriculum.
 Baltimore, MD,
            November 14-16, 2008.

Rice, K. Distance education in social work: Creating a match between the course
            and the medium: A review of the literature. Poster presentation at the
            annual University of Maryland Baltimore Graduate Research Conference.
            Baltimore, MD, April, 2008.

Additional Responsibilities Related to the Proposed Program:

DSW Program Co-Director
Curriculum Development Committee
Program Assessment Committee
Serve on Dissertation Committee
Development of Domestic and International Field Practica

Other Information Relevant to the Proposed Program:

Completed numerous advanced research and statistics courses in PhD program including advanced qualitative research, intervention research, survival/event analysis, factor analysis, and structural equation modeling

Served on undergraduate and graduate Honors Thesis Committees as chair and committee member

Chair Department of Social Work

Involved in all aspects of initial accreditation of MSW program and reaffirmation of BSW and MSW program (co-authored most recent MSW Self Study)

Serve on a number of Boards within community and provide consultation around program evaluation

Developed International Field Placements and Service Learning within undergraduate and graduate programs

Developed Continuing Education Institute and Chair Department’s Annual Global Well-Being Conference

Successfully obtained number of grants to assist with research projects including:

April, 2014                Faculty Professional Development Council Annual Grants. Millersville University Emergency Management (MSEM) and Social Work Faculty Delivered Workshops for Disaster Management Stakeholders in Chile. Awarded: $9000.00

March, 2014         President’s Commission of the Status of Women. Exploitation of Women and Children Program. Awarded: $1000.00

Millersville University Center for Civic Engagement and Social Change Grant: Institute of Global Well-being and Social Change. Awarded: $2000.00

Innovation Block Grant. Professional Development Grant to attend: International Social Work Conference. Awarded: $1000.00

January, 2013       Pennsylvania Council of the Arts Long-term Residency: Through Their Eyes: Exploring Bullying with At-Risk Youth at Lincoln Middle School. Awarded: $12,374.00