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Veliska Thomas

Statement of Teaching Philosophy:

The professors in my social work education instilled a commitment and passion for social justice and advocacy. In my teaching, I share this with my students by taking their desire to “help people” and inspiring them to empower vulnerable populations and advocate for social and economic justice. I have learned the importance of teaching them evidence-based practice skills, developing their writing skills and mentoring them while the students develop themselves as social workers. The most rewarding part of teaching is the ability to prepare, change, and empower the future of social work.

Course Taught:

University of Tennessee Knoxville (2012–2013)

SOCW 250 Introduction to Social Welfare
SOCW 519 Foundation Research

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (2008–2011)

SOCW 323 Child Welfare I
SOCW 201 Introduction to Policy and Programs
SOCW 407 Social Work Practice III
SOCW 408 Ability Seminar II
SOCW 412 Integrative Seminar
SOCW 413 Field Practicum I
SOCW 423 Child Welfare II

Other Teaching Experience:

University of Tennessee Knoxville (2012)

Teaching Assistant
SOCW 564 Substance Abuse

Guest Lecturer
SOCW 315 Social Work Practice with Groups, Organizations, and Communities
SOCW 250 Introduction to Social Welfare


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