Stephen E. Kauffman

Stephen E. Kauffman, PhD, MSW

  • Professor

Affiliated Programs

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.

Media Expertise

  • Poverty
  • Environmental racism and impacts on communities
  • Social welfare history and policy
  • Ideology, religion and effects on policy
  • Civic-engagement by universities
  • Volunteering
  • Environmental and community development issues
  • Poverty 
  • Environmental racism and impacts on communities
  • Social welfare history and policy
  • Ideology, religion and effects on policy

Publications

  • Greene, R., Goldberg-Glen, R.S., Kauffman, S., & Stein, E. (2021).
    Older Adult Resilience in the Face of the COVID 19 pandemic:
    Teaching social work curriculum through research.
    Journal of Social Work Education. DC: CSWE. (Submitted).

  • Kauffman, S. (2020). Policy practice: How policy is made.. Chapter 11 of  Poulin, J., (Ed.), Social Work Practice: A Competency-Based Approach. Pacific  Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole, an imprint of  Wadsworth Group, a division of  Thompson Learning, Inc. 

  • Kauffman, S. (2020). Policy practice: How to conduct policy practice. Chapter 12 of  Poulin, J., (Ed.), Social Work Practice: A Competency-Based Approach. Pacific  Grove, CA: Brooks/Cole, an imprint of Wadsworth Group, a division of  Thompson Learning, Inc. 

  • Kauffman, S. & Barnett, M. (2019).  Intervening with Clients; Organizations and  Communities. Chapter in Poulin, Matis & Witt The Social Work Field Placement:  A Competency Based Approach. New York: Springer. 

  • Kauffman, S., & Barnett, M. (2018). Mezzo assessment: Organizations and communities. In J. Poulin, S. Matis & H. Witt, The Social Work Field Placement: A Competency-Based Approach (pp-259-284). New York: Springer Publishing. 

  • Kauffman, S., & Barnett, M. (2018). Mezzo interventions: Organizations and communities. In J. Poulin, S. Matis & H. Witt, The Social Work Field Placement: A Competency-Based Poulin, S. Matis & H. Witt, The Social Work Field Placement: A Competency-Based Approach (pp305-330-). New York: Springer Publishing. Approach (pp305-330-). New York: Springer Publishing. 

  • 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)