Dordt College News

Baxter hired for Dordt Social Work Department

December 12, 2005

A new instructor of social work, Randy J. Baxter, has been hired at Dordt College to begin teaching classes next fall.

Baxter, Grand Rapids, Mich., is an adjunct instructor and a candidate for Doctor of Philosophy in Public Administration at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, where he will remain through the conclusion of the current academic year. He anticipates completing his Ph.D. next August and moving to Sioux Center with his wife, Marilyn, prior to the start of fall classes at Dordt College on Aug. 20, 2006.

Mr. Baxter earned a B.A. (history and sociology), an M.A. (sociology and social work) and a M.S.W. (Master of Social Work with a concentration in policy, planning and administration) at Western Michigan University, and is a licensed Master Social Worker in the state of Michigan. Baxter’s doctoral dissertation deals with evaluating the effectiveness of family preservation services.

Baxter has been on the adjunct faculty at Kellogg Community College from 1997 to the present and he was employed as a Family Preservation Specialist at the Michigan Family Independence Agency from 1998-2002. He has also been employed from 1974 with this agency as a volunteer services supervisor, welfare services specialist, and child welfare service specialist. His current activities include being a public policy committee member for the Michigan Federation for Children and Families, and an active member of the North American Association of Christians in Social Work.

“Both my wife and I are very impressed with the friendliness of the community as well as the professionalism and encouragement we felt in our contacts at Dordt,” said Baxter. “We look forward to further serving the Lord through this opportunity.”

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