Sharon Foreman Kready, PhD, MSW

Assistant Professor of Human Services
Chair, 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

  • Organizational commitment to social justice including community engagement, civic engagement, and experiential learning
  • Administration, management, supervision, evaluation, and policy in human services and social work
  • Prisoner re-entry and family support during incarceration
  • Rural social work practice and rural health
  • Biopsychosocial wellbeing of students

Courses 2013-2014

  • SOCI209, Advocacy and Social Justice (fall)
  • SOCI264, Social Inequality and Oppression (spring)
  • SOCI268, Social Welfare Policy (spring)
  • SOCI270, Methods of Social Research (2 sections, fall)
  • SOCI280, Statistics for Sociologists (fall and spring)

Courses Taught 2012-2013

  • SOCI209, Advocacy and Social Justice (fall)
  • SOCI268, Social Welfare Policy (spring)
  • SOCI270, Methods of Social Research (2 sections, fall)
  • SOCI280, Statistics for Sociologists (fall and spring)
  • SOCI397, Independent Study (fall and spring)

Courses Taught 2011-2012

  • SOCI201, Introduction to Sociology (spring)
  • SOCI209, Applied Sociology (fall)
  • SOCI247, Sociology of Gender (spring)
  • SOCI370, Statistics for Sociologists (fall and spring)
  • SOCI371, Methods of Social Research (fall and spring)

Publications, Presentations, and Research

  • Price, S.K., Foreman Kready, S.B., Fillipic, K., Mogul, M., & Davey, T. (in press). 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. TBD.
  • 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.

Experience

  • July 2011 - present - Assistant Professor, Lynchburg College, Lynchburg, Va.
  • Adjunct Instructor, Virginia Western Community College, Roanoke, Va.
  • Program Coordinator, Preparing Future Faculty Program and Graduate School Mentorship Program, Graduate School, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond Va.
  • Research Assistant, School of Social Work, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Assistant Director, New Students Programs, University College; Program Manager, First Year Student Services, Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management; Instructor for First Year Experience courses; Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Student Leadership Advisor, Office of Student & Community Activities, John Tyler Community College, Chester, Va.
  • Career Counselor, Fontbonne University, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Crisis Counselor, Life Crisis Services, Inc., 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.  My recent research and scholarship focuses on community engagement, social work values and ethics, organizational culture, and school-based services for children of incarcerated parents.  My teaching interests include a variety of topics related to research methodology, human services and social work, social justice, social policy, non-profit administration, and organizational culture.

My approach to working with individuals, groups and communities is informed by the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers, the foundation of which is the profession’s core values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity and competence. 

In my spare time I enjoy reading, listening to an eclectic mix of music, exercising and outdoor activities, and spending time with my family. I live in Bedford County with my husband Todd, our daughter Magnolia Leigh ("Maggie"), our dogs Ellie and Norman, and our cats Bonnie and Clyde.

Phone: 
434.544.8327
Email: 
kready.s@lynchburg.edu
Office: 
500 Westwood