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Dr. Karen Ford
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JMU Faculty Karen FordDirector, Advisor to Nonprofit and Community Leadership Concentration

D.S.W. - Howard University, Washington, DC
M.S.W. - Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA 
B.A. - Emory & Henry College, Emory VA 

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

Professional Interests and Affiliations
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


  • October 2015

    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.


  • October 2015

    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.