Education & Social Sciences

Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice


barb burdge
Barb J. Burdge
Department Chair
Director of Social Work Program
Associate Professor of Social Work
Barb Burdge's CV

B.A., Psychology (Music minor), Indiana University, Bloomington, 1994
M.S.W., Indiana University, Indianapolis, 1998
Ph.D., Social Work (Gender Studies minor), Indiana University, Indianapolis, 2013

I came to Manchester University in 2003 and felt immediately at home. I have several years of direct social work practice experience in the fields of child welfare and mental health. My current areas of interest include diversity education for social justice and social work practice with the LGBT community.

In my life outside of campus, my partner, Marsha, and I are restoring a Civil War-era home that has been in my family for more than a century. We recently had it listed on the National Register of Historic Places. I love to travel, too, and have spent time in many parts of the U.S. plus Paraguay, Argentina, Poland, Germany, Mexico, Jamaica, Northern Ireland, and the Republic of Ireland. My next international journey will be to Italy. Spending time outside is important to me, so I go camping several times a year, bicycle and swim often, and work long hours in my yard. I am an animal lover, too. We have an Australian shepherd and two stunning horses.

Barb teaches: 
SOWK 275 Practicum in Human Services (general placements)
SOWK 375 Integrating Theory and Practice: Social Work Practice II
SOWK 475 Field Instruction
SOWK 476 Field Instruction Seminar
FYS (First Year Seminar) Out of the Ordinary:  The Lives of Sexual Minorities

GNST 125 Introduction to Gender Studies

PSYC 110 Introduction to Psychology

 Erinn Brooks

Erinn Brooks
Assistant Professor of Sociology

B.A., Sociology, Education & Youth Studies, Beloit College, 2008
Teaching Certificate, Loyola Marymount University, 2009
M.S., Sociology, North Carolina State University, 2012
Ph.D., Sociology, North Carolina State University, 2016

I grew up in Beloit, Wisconsin, a small industrial city south of Madison. I attended college in my hometown, at a small liberal-arts school named Beloit College. My education there was life-changing, and I hope to facilitate similar experiences for Manchester students.

After getting my undergraduate degree, I joined Teach For America and taught high school math in South Central Los Angeles. I remained committed to issues of educational equity during my doctoral work at North Carolina State University. I also became involved with research and outreach related to food insecurity.

My areas of research expertise center on race, class, and gender inequality. I’m especially interested in how inequalities manifest and intersect in organizations, such as schools and workplaces.

Outside of work, I live with my wife and daughter in Fort Wayne. I enjoy gardening, being active, and cheering for the Green Bay Packers.

Jared Friesen

J. Jared Friesen
Visiting Instructor of Sociology

B.A., Psychology, Huntington University, 1998
M.A., Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education, Ball State University, 2002
Ph.D., Sociology, University of Kentucky, 2017 (expected completion)

I grew up in Northeast Indiana and I am excited to be able to call this region home again. I was drawn to teaching at Manchester University because of its mission and values challenging students to live “compassionate lives that improve the human condition.”

Prior to returning to graduate school to pursue a doctorate in sociology I worked for 13 years in student development including residence life, new student orientation, and campus diversity. While most of this work was at three other liberal arts colleges, I also spent three years living with my family and working as the director of an environmental study abroad program for college students in Belize, Central America.

My current research interest is the intersection of rural sociology and education. I am also broadly interested in community development, environmental and social justice, and the social aspects of food production and consumption.

Outside of my work on campus I enjoy spending time with my family, traveling, bird-watching, and attending sporting events. 

Cheri Krueckeberg
Associate Professor of Social Work
Director of the Gerontology Program

B.A., Psychology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
M.Div., McCormick Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL
M.S.W., Loyola University, Chicago, IL

Prior to coming to Manchester in 2004, I worked over 25 years in human services, primarily in Illinois (Chicago and Champaign-Urbana) and Washington, DC.  In my early 20s, it was a life-changing experience to live in the Philippines for two years, the beginning of a deeper search for social justice and a world with more compassion.

In work, I have done outpatient therapy, directed a shelter for homeless families on Chicago’s south side, worked in home-based services, as chaplain at Cook County Jail, counseled adult and adolescent sex offenders and survivors of assault, and worked as clinical supervisor and training director in a large residential treatment center for troubled teens. With elders, I’ve worked in many ways – support staff for S.U.S.I. (Seniors United for Social Improvement) on Chicago’s South Side, counselor for elders in inpatient psychiatric center after suicide attempts, facilitator of reminiscence groups for older women, counselor for elders with chronic or terminal illness, and with grandparents who were primary caregivers for their grandchildren.

Special interests in social work and gerontology are many:  social and economic justice, healthcare reform, cross-cultural relations, poverty, prevention, conflict transformation, reminiscence and life review, brain health, effective counseling with challenging clients, interventions for anxiety and depression, spirituality, advocacy for elders of color and older women, intergenerational relationships, and exploring the vast potential of elders to contribute meaningfully to society.  I’ve taught yoga to delinquent youth, at MU, at a nearby retreat center, and am faculty advisor to the campus Namaste Yoga Club.

Outside of work I enjoy time with my large family (mostly around Fort Wayne), swimming, gardening, yoga, weaving and spending time in nature.  I did much care for my elderly father for many years before his death, which was quite meaningful.  I love to travel, especially to New Mexico and northern Michigan, and loved a recent trip to Ireland to learn more about peace-building and about my own heritage. I volunteer on the boards of ECR (Education for Conflict Resolution) and the Garber Simmons Senior Center in town, where I have taught yoga since spring of 2007 (my oldest student was 91!) 

I love meeting so many interesting students at this university, and helping them grow, learn, and live out their dreams.  There has been much opportunity here to teach and work with colleagues about things I care about.  Every day is a new adventure in growth toward more knowledge and compassion.

Cheri teaches: 
SOSC 102 Human Conflict
SOWK 110 Service, Empowerment, and Justice: Introduction to Social Work
SOC/SOWK 220 Social Gerontology
SOWK 274 Becoming a Skilled Helper: Social Work Practice I
SOWK 275 Practicum in Human Services (gerontology placements)
SOC/SOWK 371 Advanced Gerontology
SOWK 334 Human Behavior in the Social Environment
SOWK 350 Policy and Practice Issues in Social Welfare (health care)
FYS (First Year Seminar) Body, Mind, Spirit:  Insights and Practices from East and West

brad yoder
Bradley L. Yoder
Professor of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice

B.A., Sociology, Goshen College
M.A., Social Work, Indiana University
Ph.D., Social Work, The Ohio State University

Brad teaches: 
SOC 223 Deviance and Social Control 
SOC/SOWK 233 Social Welfare as an Institution
SOC/SOWK 244 Criminal Behavior and the Criminal Justice System
SOWK 275 Practicum in Human Services (criminal justice placements)
SOC 335 Sociology of Family
SOC/SOWK 340 Youth and the Juvenile Justice System
SOWK 350 Policy and Practice Issues in Social Welfare
SOWK 366 Social Service Policy
SOWK 477 Synthesizing a Professional Identity: Social Work Practice III