Assistant Professor

Dr. Laura Brierton Granruth

Dr. Laura Brierton Granruth

Assistant Professor


Laura.Granruth@millersville.edu
Office: Stayer 311
Phone: 717.871-5956
Fax: 717.871.7941

Additional Information

Dr. Granruth joined the faculty at Millersville University in August 2013 after teaching in other social work programs in Virginia. Her primary areas of teaching are policy formulation and analysis, policy advocacy, human behavior and the social environment, healthcare, and writing and briefing techniques to undergraduate social work students. She is involved in the local Lancaster community with Community Action Programs as well as affordable housing issues.

Dr. Granruth began her professional career as a Personnel Security Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). She remained at the CIA in increasing levels of security responsibilities until she resigned in 2000 to begin her social work career. Dr. Granruth earned her PhD in Social Work from the Catholic University of America and completed a dissertation on the impact of state tax code progressivity on health, education, and poverty outcomes for children. Her dissertation was recognized by the Ohio State University’s Department of Social Work’s 22nd National Symposium on Doctoral Research in Social Work. Dr. Granruth has published in scholarly journals and presented at national, regional, and local conferences.

Recent Scholarship, Publications and Presentations

Publications

Granruth, L.B. (2011). Impact of the level of state tax code progressivity on
            children’s health outcomes. Health & Social Work, 36(3), 207-215.

Granruth, L.B. (2009). Justice implications of the proposed federal family and work
            tax credits: Applying justice theories to policy advocacy. Families in Society,
            90(2), 205-211.

Granruth, L.B. (2002). TANF reauthorization should address housing needs.
            Affordable Housing Finance, 10 (1), 69-71.

Granruth, L.B. & Smith, Carla, H. (2001). Housing plus services: Towards a new
            perspective
. Washington, DC: National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Granruth, L.B. (2001). Minimum wage. In Advocate’s guide to housing and
            community development issues
. Washington, DC: National Low Income
            Housing Coalition.

Granruth, L.B. (2001). Earned income tax credit. In Advocate’s guide to housing
            and community development issues.
Washington, DC: National Low Income
            Housing Coalition.

Granruth, L.B. (1998). Public school education of African Americans: The need for
            an increased social work response. Social Work Perspectives, San Francisco
            State University School of Social Work.

Granruth, L.B. (August 24, 1997). The cut that will cost dearly, The Washington
            Post, p.C8
.

Presentations            

Granruth, L.B. (2014). The Impact of the Level of State Tax Code Progressivity on
          Selected Children’s Health and Educational Outcomes.
Presentation at the
          First Annual Learning Institute Millersville University, Department of Social
          Work, Lancaster, PA.

Granruth, L.B. (2014). The Affordable Care Act ”Obamacare”: What Do We Know?
         What Should We Know?
 Presentation at the Social Work Month Celebration, 
          Millersville University, Department of Social Work, Lancaster, PA.

Granruth, L.B. (2010). The Impact of the Level of State Tax Code Progressivity on
          Selected Children’s Educational, Health and Poverty Outcomes.
Presentation
          at the annual program meeting of the Council on Social Work Education,
          Portland, OR.

Granruth, L.B. (2010). The Impact of the Level of State Tax Code Progressivity on
          Selected Children’s Educational, Health and Poverty Outcomes.
Presentation
          at the 22nd National Symposium on Doctoral Research in Social Work, Ohio
          State University, College of Social Work, Columbus, OH.

Granruth, L.B. (2008). Improving ethical decision making in social work policy
         practice: A case application.
  Presentation at the annual program meeting of
         the Council on Social Work Education, Philadelphia, PA

Granruth, L.B. (2007). Justice implications of the proposed federal family and work
         tax credits.
  Presentation at the annual program meeting of the Council on
         Social Work Education, San Francisco, CA.

Granruth, L.B. (2007). Tax reform: Lessons on getting started.  Presentation at the  
          Georgia Budget and Policy Institute GBPI Vision 2007 Policy Conference:  
          Reform and revitalization, Atlanta. GA.

Granruth, L.B. (2006). Tax policy: A fundamental component to social policy
          making.
  Presentation at the annual Influencing State Policy conference,
          Washington, DC.

Granruth, L.B. (2006). The Tax Reform Compromise Act of 2004 (HB5018): A policy
          analysis.
  Presentation at the annual Influencing State Policy conference,
          Washington, DC.

Granruth, L.B. (2006). Tax policy: A fundamental component to social policy
         making.
  Presentation at the annual program meeting of the Council on
         Social Work Education, Chicago, IL.

Granruth, L.B. (2004). What does the Virginia tax debate tell us about fiscal
          reform?
  Opening plenary panel presentation at the annual Center on
         Budget and Policy Priorities Funding State Services Conference, Washington,
         DC

Bauer, A.F., Granruth, L.B. & Jansen, E.A. (2000, January). “Factors affecting
          concentration choice
.” Poster session at the annual meeting of the Society
          for Social Work and Research, Charleston, SC

Additional Responsibilities Related to the Proposed Program:

Serve on dissertation committees

Other Information Relevant to the Proposed Program:

I studied adult learning theory during my doctoral program and have incorporated techniques and practices into my classes.  This same class also gave attention to syllabus design with attention to core competencies and meeting the competencies through the assignment.

I participate actively in training and educational programs through the Center for Academic Excellence at Millersville University to stay current on teaching theory, strategies and techniques.

I coordinated the launch of the MSW distance education program at VCU. During my time at VCU, I attended training on learning theory applicable to online learning.