Sharon Foreman-Kready, PhD

Assistant Professor of Human Services
Department Chair of Criminology
Director, Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Subjects Research

434.544.8327

Carnegie 112

Degrees/Certifications

  • PhD – School of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University
    • Dissertation Title – Organizational Culture and Partnership Process: A Grounded Theory Study of Community-Campus Partnerships
  • MSW – George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University
    • Concentration – Administration of Programs and Counseling Services in Higher Education
  • Certified Crisis Counselor – Life Crisis Services, Inc., St. Louis, Missouri
  • BA – Criminal Justice and Sociology, University of Richmond

Research Interests

  • Organizational commitment to social justice, particularly in higher education
  • Self-care, wellness, compassion fatigue, and burnout among students and professionals in the helping professions
  • Organizational support for mindfulness, well-being, and self-care among employees and clients as a way to address compassion fatigue and increase positive outcomes
  • The organizational capacity in the 21st century institutions of higher education to meet the needs of students who identify as members of one or more vulnerable and/or oppressed groups
  • The relationship between professional ethics and research ethics

Research Training and Certifications

  • Protecting Human Research Participants, Certificate of Completion, 2013-current
    The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Extramural Research (web-based)
  • Institutional Review Board Members Basic Course, Certificate of Completion, 2013-current
  • Social and Behavioral Research Basic Course, Certificate of Completion, 2012-current
  • Responsible Conduct of Research Basic Course, Certificate of Completion, 2012-current
    Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), University of Miami (web-based)
  • Foundations of Online Delivery (Best Practices), Certification of Completion, 2013
    The Learning House, Louisville, Kentucky (completed online)

Teaching Interests

Research methodology, analysis, and ethics; community-based and action research and evaluation of programs and services in human services; human services and social work courses including topics related to organizational practice and policy, leadership, administration, supervision, management, social welfare policy, case management, group work, and evidence-based practice. Courses focusing on advocacy, social justice, and public health topics.

Through my work in student and academic affairs, I have also cultivated a strong interest in coursework focusing on study skills, student success, and other topics pertinent to new students (first year and transfer; graduate and undergraduate).

Publications, Presentations, and Research

  • Price, S.K., Foreman-Kready, S.B., Fillipic, K., Mogul, M., & Davey, T. (2013). Process guidelines for university-community partnerships: Social work perspectives on creating and sustaining real world relationships. Journal of Community Engagement and Scholarship, 6(1), pp. 45-54.
  • Foreman-Kready, S. (2013, January). Organizational culture and partnership process: A grounded theory study of community-campus partnerships [with a focus on implications for campus partners]. Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) 17th Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
  • Foreman-Kready, S. (2012, November). A Theory of Partnership Sustainability: Findings from a Grounded Theory Study of Community-Campus Partnerships. Presentation at Faculty Lecture Series (peer-reviewed), Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, VA.
  • Foreman-Kready, S. (2012, November). Organizational culture and partnership process: A grounded theory study of community-campus partnerships [with a focus on implications for community partners]. Paper presented at the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) annual conference, Indianapolis, IN.
  • Foreman-Kready, S. (2011).  Organizational Culture and Partnership Process: A Grounded Theory Study of Community-Campus Partnerships. Electronic manuscript, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.
  • Price, S.K. & Foreman, S.B. (2009). Moving beyond “don’t…”: Teaching effective boundary development for direct social work practice. In E. Congress, P. Black and K. Strom-Gottfried, Teaching social work values and ethnics: A curriculum resource (2nd Ed.). Alexandria: VA: Council on Social Work Education Press.
  • Foreman-Kready, S. (2010, April).  Public expressions of commitment to justice principles of social justice by institutions of higher education: A content analysis of institutional website artifacts.  Electronic paper presentation at the 13th Annual Graduate Student Symposium and Exhibit, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.
  • Price, S.K., Davie, T., Filipic, K., Foreman-Kready, S., and Mogul, M., (2008, October). Creating and sustaining real world partnerships: Voices from Community and Academe. Paper presented at the Council on Social Work Education 54th Annual Program Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Foreman, S. (2008, April). Moving beyond “don’t…”: Teaching effective boundary development in direct social work practice.  Electronic paper presentation at the 11th Annual Graduate Student Symposium and Exhibit, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.
  • Price, S.K. & Foreman, S.B. (2007, October). Moving beyond “don’t…”: Teaching effective boundary development in direct social work practice. Paper presented at the Council on Social Work Education 53rd Annual Program Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
  • Foreman, S.B. (2006, March). Facebook Me! An interactive guide to online community safety. Paper presented at the National Orientation Directors Association Region VIII Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Foreman-Kready, S. (2012, April & January; 2011, September). Graduate School Mentorship Program Orientation, Training, Mid-Program, and End-of-Year Workshops; guest speaker, trainer, contributing facilitator, and consultant for program evaluation.  Virginia Commonwealth University Graduate School, Richmond, VA
  • Doelling, C. & Foreman, S.B. (2003, March). NASW State Chapter Professional Development Workshop. National Association of Social Workers, Missouri Chapter, St. Louis, MO.

Recent Service / Administration Highlights

  • July 2014 – current Chairperson, Department of Criminology and Human Services
  • May 2014 – current Director and Chairperson, Lynchburg College (LC) Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Subjects Research
  • May 2013 – current Non-Affiliate Member, Centra Hospital Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Subjects Research
  • May 2013 – April 2014 Chairperson, LC Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Subjects Research
  • May 2012 – April 2013 Vice Chairperson, LC Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Subjects Research

Lynchburg College Service Highlights

2014-2015

  • Director and Chair, Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Subjects Research
  • Chair, Department of Criminology and Human Services
  • Coordinator of the Human Services Minor
  • Member, School of Humanities and Social Sciences Council
  • Member, Center for Community Development and Social Justice Advisory Board
  • Thesis Director, Westover Honors Thesis Panel (two students)
  • Freshman Advisor, Freshman Advising Program
  • Major Advisor, Department of Sociology major and Department of Criminology & Human Services major students
  • Minor Advisor, Human Services minor and Sociology minor students
  • Reviewer, Schewel Student-Faculty Research Fund
  • Member, Student Success Team (SST); StrengthsQuest Sub-committee
  • Volunteer, History 200 Editorial Board
  • Department representative for Academic Opportunities Fair

2013-2014

  • Chairperson, Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Subjects Research
  • Coordinator for creation of and approval process for the Human Services Minor
  • Member, Center for Community Development and Social Justice Advisory Board
  • Reviewer, Schewel Student-Faculty Research Fund
  • Major Advisor, Department of Sociology and Criminology major students
  • Faculty Advisor, Sociology Club (advised for the creation of the club)
  • Thesis Director, Westover Honors Thesis Panel (one student)
  • Faculty interviewer for Spring Scholarship Competition

2012-2013

  • Vice Chairperson, Institutional Review Board (IRB) for Human Subject Research
  • Member, SHUSS Graduate Council Committee
  • Volunteer, History 200 Editorial Board
  • Primary author, Program Review for Sociology Major (excluding integration of consultants’ recommendations and final action plan, both completed by Department Chair)
  • Major Advisor, Department of Sociology and Criminology major students
  • Faculty interviewer for Fall Scholarship Competition
  • Department representative for Academic Opportunities Fair
  • Author/principal investigator for commissioned needs assessment for an LC MSW program
  • Afternoon talk facilitator for two separate programs, Summer Residential Governor’s School Program in Mathematics, Science and Technology hosted by Lynchburg College

2011-2012

  • Faculty greeter, Commencement
  • Faculty representative, School of Humanities & Social Sciences, Open House
  • Faculty interviewer for Spring Scholarship Competition
  • Department representative for Academic Opportunities Fair
  • Author/coordinator, curriculum revisions for Human Services emphasis of the Sociology major; two course edits and four new courses; led process for approval at department, school, College committee, and College all-faculty meeting levels