Education & Social Sciences

Sociology, Social Work, and Criminology


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Barb J. Burdge

Chair, Dept. of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminology
Director and Field Instruction Coordinator, Social Work Program
Professor of Social Work
ACEN 214

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

I came to Manchester University in 2003 and knew immediately I had found my place. I have several years of direct social work practice experience in the fields of child welfare and mental health. My areas of interest include diversity education for social justice and social work practice with the LGBTQ community.

In my life outside of campus, my partner, Marsha, and I have restored a Civil War-era home that has been in my family for five generations. We were able to have 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. (only 3 states to go!) plus Paraguay, Argentina, Poland, Germany, Mexico, Jamaica, The Netherlands, Wales, Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, and the Isle of Man. My next international journeys will be to Italy and Scandinavia. 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 two dogs, two cats, and two horses.

Barb teaches: 
SOWK 110 Introduction to Social Work
SOWK 275 Practicum in Human Services 
SOWK 375 Social Work Practice II:  Individuals, Families, and Groups
SOWK 475 Field Instruction
SOWK 476 Field Instruction Seminar
FYWS 111 LGBTQ+ Identities and Inclusion (First Year Writing Seminar) 
GNST 125 Introduction to Gender Studies
GNST 201 Introduction to Queer Studies

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Why I Teach

Alicia L. Dailey

Assistant Professor of Social Work
ACEN 212 

Ph.D., Social Work,University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 2015
M.S.S.W., Social Work, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY, 2008
M.Div., Social Work, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY, 1995
M.A., Biblical Studies, International School of Theology, San Bernadino, CA, 1985
B.A., Sociology, DePauw College, Greencastle, IN, 1979

I am originally from Indianapolis, IN and am most recently from Louisville, KY.  Prior to coming to Manchester University in August 2017, I was an adjunct professor and worked on a research team at the University of Louisville.

One of the things that attracted me to Manchester was that I was interested in teaching “macro” social work courses that prepare students to be change agents in organizations, communities and society.  Part of the macro perspective involves analyzing and changing social policies in systems such as education, employment, housing, criminal justice and health care so that the United States can truly become a country “with justice for all.” One published article I have co-authored is about the social injustice that exists between grocery stores in predominantly white, affluent neighborhoods and those in predominantly black, low-income neighborhoods. It is entitled, “Brown Lettuce and Rodent Traps, Granola and Trees: A Qualitative Study of an Experiential Teaching Tool to Promote Socially Just Practice.” It is published in The Journal of Social Work Values and Ethics, Vol. 13, No. 2, pp. 48-55.

I am an ordained Baptist minister. In the past, I pastored a church in Kokomo, IN and am currently an associate minister of a church in Louisville, KY. Since the social work profession began in the Church, I seek opportunities to integrate my faith with social work ethics and values.

One of my research interests concerns the African American Church.  I am a co-author of an article entitled, “Suffering in Silence: Child Sexual Molestation and the Black Church: If God Don’t Help Me Who Can I Turn To?” This article is published in the Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, Vol. 25, No. 2, pp. 147-157, DOI: 10.1080/10911359.2014.956962. I have also studied the role of the African American Church during the Civil Rights Movement and would like study what the its current role is in the continuing struggle for civil rights.

As far as hobbies are concerned, I enjoy listening to and playing gospel music on the organ and flute. I have played my flute in many churches and have been a church organist. I also delight in watching “retro” TV programs. One of my favorite series is Star Trek! Yes, I am a Trekkie!

Alicia teaches: 
SOWK 110 Introduction to Social Work
SOC/SOWK 228 Racial, Ethnic, and Gender Inequality
SOC/SOWK 275 Practicum in Human Services (general social work placements)
SOWK 366 Social Welfare Policy
SOWK 384 Social Work Practice III:  Organizations and Communities
SOWK 477 Social Work Practice IV:  Synthesizing a Professional Identity

Jared Friesen

J. Jared Friesen

Assistant Professor of Sociology
ACEN 216

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 2018
M.A., Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education, Ball State University, Muncie, IN, 2002
B.A., Psychology, Huntington University, Huntington, IN, 1998

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. 

I came to Manchester as a visiting faculty member in the fall of 2016.

Jared teaches:
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 210 Urban-Rural Dynamics
SOC/SOWK 222 Social Research Methods
SOC 275 Practicum in Sociology
SOC 240 Sociological Theory
SOC 305 Self and Society
SOC 313 Cultural Ecology
SOC 324 Qualitative Research Methods
SOC 333 Sexuality and Gender in Society
SOC 345 Class, Status, and Power
SOC 347 Sociology of Religion
SOC 351 Community and Environmental Sociology
SOC 440 Senior Seminar