Stephen E. Kauffman

Stephen E. Kauffman, PhD, MSW

  • Professor

Programs I Teach

Education

  • PhD, Social Work (1991)
    Bryn Mawr College (PA)
  • MSW, Social Work (1987)
    Washington University in St. Louis (MO)
  • BA, Religious Studies (1982)
    Sewanee--University of the South (TN)

About Me

I have taught community practice, program evaluation, research, and policy at Widener since 1991. I earned my PhD from Bryn Mawr College and my MSW from Washington University in St. Louis. I have more than 20 years of research and program evaluation experience. I have developed and implemented a large number of evaluations, including two federal HOPE VI programs, Century 21 school performance studies in the Chester-Upland School District, teenage pregnancy prevention program, mental health services, and a lead abatement program.

The programs (and evaluations) have received funding from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the state of Pennsylvania, and several private foundations. My specific research skills include evaluation design, project oversight, and the use of advanced statistical methods, including multi-variate modeling using both linear and nonlinear techniques. My research areas include community change strategies and the social impacts of environmental degradation.

Research Interests

My research areas include community change strategies and the social impacts of environmental degradation. More specifically, I am working on a model to enhance citizen involvement in community change efforts. I also am examining ways that citizens can work together to address community problems such as crime.

Publications

  • Gilin, B., & Kauffman, S. (in press). Strategies for teaching about trauma to social work students. Journal of Teaching in Social Work.
  • Kauffman, S. (2012). Using Web 2.0 for tracking and assessing the impacts of civic engagement activities. Metropolitan Universities, 23(2), 107–128.
  • Poulin, J., Silver, P., & Kauffman, S. (2006). Field notes: Serving the community and training social workers: Service outputs and student outcomes. Journal of Social Work Education, 42(1), 171–184.

Awards

  • Teagle Foundation Scholar (2012)
  • Academic Service-Learning Faculty Development Program Fellow (2010)
  • Phi Alpha Honor Society (2007)