M.S.W. - Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
B.A. - Emory & Henry College, Emory VA
Accountability and Policy in Higher Education
Professor, JMU Social Work Department
Director, Lynchburg Youth Services, City of Lynchburg, VA
Regional Youth Prevention Specialist, VA Dept of Juvenile Justice
Director Camp New Hope, VA Dept of Juvenile Justice
Middle School Social Studies Teacher
Youth group home & detention worker
Baccalaureate Social work Program Directors Association (BPD)
Council on social Work Education (CSWE)
American Association of University Professors (AAUP)
Virginia Network of Nonprofit Organizations
Nonprofit Academic Centers Council
Dr. Karen A. Ford (Director and Professor, Strategic Leadership Studies), Dr. Margaret F. Sloan (Associate Professor, Strategic Leadership Studies) and Dr. Daisha M. Merritt (Alumna, Strategic Leadership Studies) published “Shifts in practice based on rapid re-housing for rural homelessness: An exploratory study of micropolitan homeless service provision” in Contemporary Rural Social Work.
Dr. Karen A. Ford (Director and Professor, Strategic Leadership Studies) collaborated with Dr. Justin Haynes of Randolph-Macon College to tell the story of the life of transformational leader Janie Porter Barrett through a play, “Palace of Delight.” Ford wrote a piece about Barrett’s life, influence and leadership that accompanied the playbill for the October performance of the play at R-MC.