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Email:
jennifercd@bethelks.edu

Office Phone (x244):
(316) 284-5244

Office Location:
WAC 312

Jennifer Chappell Deckert

  • Assistant Professor of Social Work, Social Work
  • Education:
  • B.A. Bethel College, Peace Studies and International Development
  • M.S.W. University of Michigan, Interpersonal Practice and Community Organization, School Social Work Specialization
  • PhD University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Biography

Jennifer Chappell Deckert is an Associate Professor of Social Work and Field Coordinator at Bethel College. Jennifer has 20 years of social work practice experience in the areas of international social work, school social work, mediation, and human rights. She earned a BA in Peace Studies and International Development from Bethel College and an MSW from the University of Michigan where she studied Community Organization and Interpersonal Practice. Jennifer currently teaches social work intervention, research methods, field seminars, and social welfare policy analysis. Additionally, she is a faculty advisor for the student-run feminist club, Femcore, and the Social Work Student Organization. Jennifer is on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Board for Bethel College. She is also active in the community as a high-conflict mediator, a parent, and a volunteer/advocate for various initiatives to support migrant populations. Jennifer received her doctorate from the University of Kansas School of Social Welfare, where she studied migration and social inclusion. She has also completed a Graduate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Her research interests include global social work, mental health, migration, social work theory, anti-oppressive practice, and human rights.

Scholarship

  • Chappell Deckert, J., Warren, S., & Britton, H. (2018). Midwestern Service Provider Narratives of Migrant Experiences: Legibility, Vulnerability, and Exploitation in Human Trafficking. Advances in Social Work, 18(3), 887-910.
  • Barrett-Fox, R., Chappell Deckert, J. C., Greenfield, J. C., Kucharczyk, S., & Thomas, J. M. (2018). 400 Words at a Time: Transforming Our Writing in Academia. Writing as a Way of Staying Human in a Time that Isn’t, 81.
  • Chappell Deckert, J., & Koenig, T. L. (2017). Social work perplexity: Dissonance, uncertainty, and growth in Kazakhstan. Qualitative Social Work, doi: 1473325017710086.
  • Chappell Deckert, J., & Statz-Hill, M. (2016). Job satisfaction of peer providers employed in mental health centers: A systematic review. Social Work in Mental Health, 14(5), 564-582.
  • Chappell Deckert, J. C., & Canda, E. (2016). The Influence of Faith Background on Mennonite Students Choice of Social Work As a Profession: An Exploratory Study. Social Work and Christianity, 43(2), 213.
  • Chappell Deckert, J. (2016). Social Work, Human Rights, and the Migration of Central American Children. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 25(1), 20-35.
    -Awarded best article for the Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work in 2016
  • Chappell Deckert, J. (2013). “From Persecution to Hope: Mennonite Mothering in the Context of Violence.” In Mothering Mennonite. Eds. Kerry Fast and Rachel Epp Buller. Toronto: Demeter Press, 293-307.

About Bethel

As the first Mennonite college founded in North America, Bethel College celebrates a tradition of progressive Christian liberal arts education, diversity within community, and lifelong learning.