Elizabeth Twining Blue (UW-Superior)
Elizabeth Blue, known as 'Ms. Liz' to her students, is a Professor of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Superior. In the fall of 2012, she and her partner, Dan, came to Dalkeith as part of the annual site team visit and fell in love with Scotland. They are so thrilled and excited to get to go back, and they plan to cram in as many travel excursions as possible. The only downside they can see to taking advantage of this opportunity is having to leave their miniature dachshunds, Wini and Numpa, for 13 weeks.
Ms. Liz received her BS in English and Education from Macalester College in Saint Paul in 1970 and her MSW from the School of Social Development at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in 1983 (and, yes, if you do the math, this makes her a very mature person). She has taught in the Social Work Program for 25 years, after a first career in which she engaged in interesting, varied direct service social work practice with emotionally disturbed youth, status offenders, youth with chemical health issues, women recovering from chemical dependency issues, and Indian child welfare. Since then she has kept active on the mezzo level conducting a weekly group at a local women's halfway house and as a macro level social worker conducting culturally specific program evaluations, research on teaching BSW research, and current research on faculty mentorship throughout the college career. She is in demand regionally as a trainer and consultant to non-profit programs. She has been both Program Coordinator and Chair of the department in which the Program is housed (Human Behavior, Justice and Diversity). Most recently, she has served as the Interim Dean of Faculties for UWS.
In her teaching career, she has literally taught the entire social work curriculum --methods courses, human behavior courses, policy courses, research courses, and courses on addictions and crisis intervention. During her career at UW-Superior, she has received three campus-wide teaching awards and an advising award as well. She describes herself as vitally interested in teaching students transferable and practical knowledge and skills and tools to take into their careers and in teaching them how they can become engaged life-longer learners. Her passion for teaching about social justice, ethics, and cultural competence was grounded in and encouraged by her own cross-cultural upbringing in a blended Dakota/non-Indian family.
Ms. Liz will build lots of hands-on student application activities and field trips into all three of the courses she will be offering in summer 2015. The courses she will teach offer relevant learning options to potential students from a wide variety of majors and minors, including social work, criminal justice, psychology, communicating arts, political science, and others.