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Dr. Abby Foreman

Dean for Social Sciences/Professor of Social Work


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 University.

Academic, Professional and Personal Interests

I have special interest in looking at how Christians and the broader 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.

Courses I teach:

SOWK 307: Social Science Research Methods

SOWK 313: Church, State and Social Welfare

SOWK 315: Social Welfare Policy

SOWK 501: Foundations of Social Work

SOWK 514: Social Wefare Policy Planning and Analysis

SOWK 680: Organization and Community Change Planning

SOWK 681: Nonprofit Administration

MPA 501: Introduction to Public Administration

MPA 532: Policy Analyis

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.