Sharon Foreman-Kready, PhD, MSW

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

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

My current scholarship activities are focused in three areas:

  1. The study of organizational and professional commitment to, perception on, and awareness of social justice and advocacy (particularly among those in higher education and human services settings);
  2. Administration, leadership, management, supervision, evaluation, and policy in human services and social work organizations; and
  3. Research ethics, responsible conduct of research, and the protection of human subjects, particularly at liberal arts institutions and in community-engaged methodologies. 

Teaching Interests

Mezzo and macro level practice topics in human services and social welfare, including social welfare policy, community engagement, community practice, working with groups, management, administration, supervision, human rights, social justice, inequality, and oppression; and research methodology and research ethics topics, particularly community-based research, human subjects protection, and evaluation of programs and services.

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.

Personal Information

My experiences working in the areas of crisis intervention and suicide prevention early in my MSW. studies led me to become interested in working specifically with college students. Prior to joining the faculty at LC, I worked in a variety of capacities in higher education including personal, academic, and career counseling; and program administration in first year student services, mentoring, and preparing future faculty initiatives.

Since joining the faculty at LC in fall 2011 and in addition to my teaching responsibilities in human services and research methodology, I have been involved with and served as a leader for multiple initiatives related to curriculum development and revision (human services emphasis), program review and assessment, and program development in academic (human services minor) and research (IRB). I also serve as an advisor for sociology and criminology majors, human services minors, and first year students.

I enjoy spending time with my husband, Todd, who is a consulting forester, our daughter Magnolia ("Maggie"), our dogs Ellie & Norman, and our cats Bonnie & Clyde.

Phone: 
434.544.8327
Email: 
kready.s@lynchburg.edu
Office: 
Carnegie 112