About Me

Dr. Abby Foreman

Dr. Abby Foreman
Professor of Social Work

Phone: (712) 722-6365
Email: Abby.Foreman@dordt.edu

Education:

PhD. (2018). University of South Dakota. Political Science and Public Administration. Dissertation title: Perceptions of Contract-for-Services Relationships: The Impact of Trust

Master in Social Work. (2004)., University of Michigan. Focus: Management in Human Services and Community and Social Systems

Bachelor in Social Work. (2002). Dordt College

Academic, Professional and Personal Interests

I have special interest in looking at how Christians and society have responded to the needs of vulnerable people.  I study the intersection of this response among individuals, church, community non-profits and various levels of the government.  I am especially passionate about hunger issues and protecting and nurturing healthy families and kids.  One of the most meaningful things about social work to me is being able to do as a professional what God calls us all to: "Learn to do right!  Seek justice, encourage the oppressed.  Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow." [Isaiah 1:17]  I am blessed to work each day with my social work colleagues and students who are working to respond to needs in a hurting world.  I serve on various community nonprofit boards and in my church.

I am married and have three children.  I like to read, watch baseball, and spend time outside during the warmer months of the year.

Courses I teach:

SOWK 311: Social Work with Groups

SOWK 312: Social Work with Communities and Organizations

SOWK 313: Church, State and Social Welfare

SOWK 315: Social Welfare Policy

CORE 399: Calling, Task and Culture

Professional Experience:

Prior to teaching at Dordt, I worked as a Faith Outreach Organizer for Bread for the World, a Christian organization working to end hunger.  As an organizer I worked with church and campus groups to advocate for better, more comprehensive responses to hunger and poverty. 

I also worked as a Service Coordinator with Lutheran Social Services of Michigan, helping to coordinate supportive services for senior citizens to help them maintain independent living as long as possible.