John Poulin, MSW, PhD
Director Center for Social Work Education, Associate Dean School of Human Service Professions, Professor
The Center's motto is "Building Relationships. Changing Lives". This motto guides our approach to social work education. We strive to build professional relationships with our students, model professional practice and empower our students to grow and develop to their full potential as professional social workers. Our hope is that our students become empathic social workers who help their clients make meaningful and lasting changes in their lives. We strive to create a learning environment that appreciates and respects diversity and difference, empowers students and inspires our students to make positive changes in the lives of their clients, their communities and society.
I enjoy the research and scholarship aspects of academia. One of my current research interests focuses social support and the well-being of elderly Chinese community residents. I am also interested in scholarship related to civic engagement and service learning.
1981 Ph.D., School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago.
Dissertation: "Age Segregation, Social Integration and Morale of the Urban Aged"
1975 M.S.W., School of Social Work, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Certificate i n Gerontology, Institute of Gerontology.
1973 B.A., University of Southern Maine. Social Welfare Major.
Poulin, J., Houser, L. & Deng, R. (in-press). The life satisfaction of elderly Chinese widows living alone and those living with adult children. China Journal of Social Work.
Poulin, J., Deng, R., Ingersoll, T., Witt, H., & Swain, M. (2012). Perceived family and friend support and the psychological well-being of American and Chinese elderly persons. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 27(4), 305-317. DOI: 10.1007/s10823-012-9177-y
Poulin, J. & Deng, R. (2012). Informal support and psychological well-being of older Chinese community residents. China Journal of Social Work, 5(2), 149-161.
Ingersoll, T., Poulin, J., Deng, R., Xu, S., Witt, H., & Swain, M. (2012). Fear of intimacy with helping professionals scale: Reliability and validity of English and Mandarin versions. Journal of Evidence Based Social Work, 9, 317-332.
Poulin, J., Swain, M., Ingersoll, T., Witt, H. & Xu, S. (2011). Service-learning in China. In Ledoux, M., Wilhite, S., & Silver, P. (Eds.), Civic Engagement and Service Learning (pp. 121-144). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.
Poulin, J., Ingersoll, T. & Silver, P. (2011). Civic engagement and social work education. In Ledoux, M., Wilhite, S., & Silver, P. (Eds.), Civic Engagement and Service Learning (pp. 49-64). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc
Witt, H., Poulin, J., Ingersoll, T., & Deng, R. (2011). Chinese elderly persons' fear of intimacy with helping professionals. Journal of Cross-Cultural Gerontology, 26, 71-83. Also published in Chinese in Social Sciences in GuiZhou,(2010), 12, 58-62.
Poulin, J., Swain, M., Witt, H., Ingersoll, T., & Deng, R. (2010). Three sources of informal support and psychological well-being: A comparison of American and Chinese older adults. Journal of Guizhou Normal University Social Science, 6, 133-136.
Deng, R., Witt, H., Poulin, J., Ingersoll, T., Swain, M., & Xu, S. (2010). Comparison of attitude in social services to Chinese older adults and American older adults, Journal of ChongQing University (Social Science Edition), 16(3), 117-124.
Poulin, J. with Contributors (2009). Strengths-based generalist practice: A collaborative approach (3nd ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.
Yuan Lin, & Poulin, J. (2008). A brief introduction of the helping relationship inventory. Journal of Social Work (China), 2, 4-7.
Poulin, J., Silver, P., & Kauffman, S. (2007). An integrated approach to program conceptualization, curriculum analysis, and outcome assessment. Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work, 13, 81-99.
Poulin, J., Silver, P., & Kauffman, S. (2007). Serving the community and training students: Challenges and lessons from a university-sponsored human service agency. Metropolitan Universities Journal, 18, 94-113.
Poulin, J. & Gottlieb, J. (2014, March). Assessment and EPAS 2008. 31st Annual Baccalaureate Social Work Education Conference, Louisville, KY.
Poulin, J. (May 2011). Alternative models of field education: Training students and serving the community. Paper presented at the International Conference on Social Work and Community Development, Chongqing, China.
Poulin, J. (October 2010). Older Chinese adults' fear of intimacy with helping professionals. Poster presentation at the Council on Social Work Education 56th Annual Program Meeting, Portland, OR.
Poulin, J., Sadeghee, C., & Mulholland, P. (September 2009). Social work counseling services: Building community and student capacity. Paper presented at the 2009 Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU) Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
Poulin, J. (May 2008). Strengths based generalist practice. Invited paper presented at Chongqing Technical and Business University, Chongqing, China.
Poulin, J. & Silver, P. (2008). A model for social work curriculum development and evaluation. Paper presented at 21st Egypt International Social Work Conference, Cairo, Egypt.
Silver, P. & Poulin, J. (2008). Educating social workers and serving the community: A model for social work education. Paper presented at 21st Egypt International Social Work Conference, Cairo, Egypt.
Poulin, J. (May 2007). The helping relationship in social work practice in the United States. Invited paper presented at Chongqing Technical and Business University, Chongqing,
Poulin, J. (May 2007). Gerontological social work in the United States. Invited paper presented at Chongquing Technical and Business University, Chongqing, China.
Academic Honors and Awards
- Faculty Award for Civic Engagement, Widener University, 2010.
- Outstanding Scholar Award, School of Human Service Professions, Widener University, 1998.
- Outstanding Service Award, School of Human Service Professions, Widener University, 1997.
- The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.
- Phi Alpha Honor Society
- Doctoral Fellowship, University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, 1975-1977.
- Dissertation Fellowship, Administration on Aging, DHW, Washington, D.C., 1978.
Professional Memberships and Service
- National Association of Social Workers
- Association of Baccalaureate Social Work Program Directors
- Council on Social Work Education
- The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi
- Phi Alpha Honor Society
- Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work (2012-2014)
- Editorial Board, Journal of Social Work Administration (1999 - )
- Site Visitor, CSWE Commission on Accreditation (2000 - 2012)
- Board Member, Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors (2009-2011)
- Commissioner, CSWE Commission on Accreditation (2012 -2014)