Cathy Harner

Dr. Cathy Harner

Cathy Harner

Professor of Social Work & Director of Social Work Education

Office Location: Reade 217D
Phone: (765) 998-5209

Specialties: Oppressed Populations, Child Welfare, Developmental Disabilities, HIV/AIDS, Research, International Social Work


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Dr. Cathy J. Harner


Career Objective:

Integration of social work education with the clinical practice of assisting people in the development of their own individual skills in spite of emotionally and societal handicapping conditions.



Philadelphia College of Bible
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Science, April 1978
Major:  Bible Social Work 

Indiana University School of Social Work
Indianapolis, Indiana
Master of Social Work, April 1984
Concentration:  Individual, Interpersonal, Mental Health
Electives:  Variance, Brief Therapies, Financial Management 

University of Illinois
Urbana, Illinois
Ph.D. in Social Work, May 1991
Professional Focus: Special Education 


Academic Appointments:

Taylor University
Department Chair (8/04)
Professor (8/01)
Tenure (8/99)
Associate Professor (8/95)
Assistant Professor
Upland, IN (8/92-present) 

Indiana Wesleyan University LEAP Program
Facilitator-Statistical Analysis
Marion, IN (9/91-9/92) 

University of Illinois
Research Assistant Urbana,
IL (9/88-1/90) 

Indiana Wesleyan University
Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology and Social Work
Marion, IN (1/86-8/88) 


Professional Experience:

ESCAPE (Eradicating Sexual Child Abuse Prostitution and Exploitation)
Social Services Consultant
Colombo, Sri Lanka (5/98 – 6/00)  

Division of Family and Children
Administrative Review Officer (8/92-6/99)
Trainer – IMPACT Program (1/99-5/99)
Child Protective Services Investigator (1/95-6/95)
Marion, IN (9/91-6/99)               

Developmental Services, Inc.
Clinical Social Worker
Columbus, IN 47202 (7/91-8/92)                                               

Archer Consultation Services
Northeast Regional Coordinator
Services Consultant
North Vernon, IN (9/89-9/92) 

Grant-Blackford Developmental Services
Instructional Consultant (1/87-8/89)
Social Services Coordinator (12/85-1/87)
Social Worker (12/84-12/85)
Residence Manager (4/80-12/84)
Marion, IN (4/80-9/89) 

Camelot Care Center
Social Work Consultant
QMRP Consultant
Logansport, IN (8/86-1/87) 

Developmental and Behavioral Evaluation Services
Social Worker Consultant
Fort Wayne, IN (5/85-9/85) 

Veteran's Administration Medical Center
Social Worker (stipend practicum)
Alcohol Dependence Treatment Program
Psychiatry Ward
Marion, IN (1-5/84) 


Professional Organizations:

Academy of Certified Social Workers
Baccalaureate Program Directors
Council on Social Work Education
National Association of Social Workers
North American Christians in Social Work 


Community Service:

Bridges to Health Steering Committee (2007-2008)
Marion General Hospital Needs Assessment Committee (2009)
Facilitator - HIV/AIDS Support Group (1994 – 2009)
Fairmount Friends Meeting  

  • Minister of Music   
  • Sunday School   
  • Ministry and Oversight Board

Lyric Club
Marion Grant County Senior Center
U-Turn  (Fairmount Outreach Ministry)
Best Years Singers 


Grants Received:

Spencer Center for Global Engagement - $500.00 – June 2009
Spencer Center for Global Engagement - $500.00 – May 2008
Indiana Campus Compact (ICC)    

  • Scholarship of Engagement Grant - $2250.00 - January 2009     
  • Scholarship of Engagement Grant - $3000.00 - January 2007

Indiana Yearly Meeting Gift Grant - $2000.00 -  January 2007
Center for Learning and Teaching Excellence - $1000.00 – AQIP – June 2007 


Professional Presentations:

BPD (Baccalaureate Program Directors), Phoenix, AZ, co-presented with Janice Adams and Michele Mallett on “The Realities and Dangers of Racial Colorblindness: Preserving the Richness of Heritage” (March 18-22, 2009) 

Guest Speaker – “Working with GLBT Persons” Indiana Wesleyan University. Marriage and Family classes. October 23 and 24, 2007 

Guest Speaker – “Cultural Sensitivity with GLBT Person Centered Treatment.”  Westwood Behavioral Health Center, Westwood, OH.  December 13, 2007 

Guest Speaker – “Homelessness” Taylor University Daytona Beach Spring Break Team – Spring 2007 

Technology for Teaching – co-presented with Ben Ranfield on ‘Turning Point Technologies in the Classroom”  Taylor University, August 2008 

Colleagues College, August 2007 – trained facilitators to workshop to be held during Colleagues College.  Also facilitated a group as well. 

Technology for Teaching – co-presented with Ben Ranfield on ‘Turning Point Technologies in the Classroom”  August 2007 

International Conference on Service Learning, Indianapolis, IN, co-presented with Rukshan Fernando “International Service Learning: Professional Application of Classroom Learning”.  March 2007 

Midwest Scholar’s Conference, Indianapolis, IN – co-presented with Paul Susan, “Senior Capstone Project: Service and Learning” (February 24, 2006) 

Church Women United, Marion, IN – presented “South Africa” (March 3, 2006) 

Biennial Midwest Social Work Education Conference, Big Rapids, MI – co-presented with Michele Mallett “CSI: The Motley Crew” (March 8-10/2006) 

Taylor University’s Women’s Conference, Upland, IN – presented “Being Single in a Married World:  Of Spares and Pairs” (March 17, 2006). 

Westwood Behavioral Health, Van Wert, OH – presented “Cultural Sensitivity Training”  and “Client Centered Treatment” – staff training workshop (April 13, 2006). 

Whites’s Institute and Residential Services, Wabash, IN – presented “Stress Management and Burnout” – staff training workshop (April 21, 2006) 


Global Engagement Activities:

January 2011 – Co-led (with Pam Medows) academic study abroad team to Manila, Philippines – 9 social work students and 27 education students 

January 2010 – Co-led (with Angie Fincannon) academic study abroad team to Manila, Philippines – 4 social work students and 6 PHP students 

January 2009 – Co-led (Michele Mallett and Chin Chang) academic study abroad trip to Seoul, South Korea – 5 junior social work, 8 senior social work and 3 sociology students. 

January 2008 – Co-led (Paul Susan) senior social work trip with 18 seniors from both campuses to Biloxi, Mississippi for 10 days. 

January 2007 – Co-led (Rukshan and Jody Fernando) Lighthouse team to Cuenca, Ecuador. 

January 2006 – Co-led (Paul Susan) senior social work trip with 18 seniors from both campuses to Gulfport, Mississippi for 10 days. 

January 2005 – Co-led (with Paul Susan) senior social work trip with 20 seniors from both campuses Holly Hill, Florida.  

January 2004 – Co-led (Ann Snow) Lighthouse team to South Africa. 

January 2003 – Co-led (Pam Medows) Lighthouse team to India. 

January 2002 – Co-led (Jenny Collins) Lighthouse team to South Africa. 

January 2001 – Co-led (Jeanne Argot) Lighthouse team to India. 

June 5 – 25, 2002 - Faculty study tour of Malaysia sponsored by World Affairs Council of Greater Cincinnati. 

July 9 – 29, 2001 - Audited the class, “Historical and Geographical Settings of the Bible” which was offered at Jerusalem University College in Israel. 


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