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About Jeanette Harder

Jeanette Harder has been a professor in the Grace Abbott School of Social Work at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) since 2004. She is the founder and director of the Support and Training for the Evaluation of Programs (STEPs), housed in the UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center. She is the author of the book, "Let the Children Come: Preparing Faith Communities to End Child Abuse and Neglect" (2010), and is the co-founder and a board member of Dove's Nest, a nonprofit organization that seeks to "empower and equip faith communities to keep children and youth safe in their homes, churches, and communities." Dr. Harder is conducting evaluation and research to identify best practices for providing mental health and child welfare services to the Amish and Old Order Mennonites.

Positions

2011 - Present Founder/ Project Director, University of Nebraska at Omaha Support and Training for the Evaluation of Programs (STEPs)
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2004 - Present Professor, University of Nebraska at Omaha Public Affairs and Community Service, Grace Abbott School of Social Work
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2003 - 2003 Research Assistant, Dallas Children's Advocacy Center
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2002 - 2003 Adjunct Faculty Member, University of Texas at Arlington ‐ School of Social Work
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2001 - 2003 Graduate Research Assistant, University of Texas at Arlington
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2001 - 2002 Associate Professor of Social Work and Sociology, Collin College
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1996 - 2001 Senior Case Manager, The Child Abuse Prevention Center
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1995 - 1996 Social Work Intern, YWCA
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1995 - 1995 School Social Work Intern, Plano Independent School District ‐ Carlisle Elementary School
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1994 - 1995 VOLUNTEER SAFE HOME PROVIDER FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, The Family Place
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1985 - 1987 Administrative Assistant/ Secretary to the President, Tyndale Theological Seminary
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2018 - Present Conflict Management Support Team member, Central Plains Mennonite Conference
2014 - Present Community practice with Amish, Old Order Mennonite
2009 - Present Co-Founder and Board Member, Dove's Nest
2016 - 2017 Facilitator, Hesston College, Task Force for Sexual Misconduct and Interpersonal Safety
2015 - 2017 Facilitator, Omaha program evaluator gatherings
2011 - 2013 Board Member, Bridge of Hope National
2003 Peer Reviewer for Standards of Operation and Practice, National Exchange Club Foundation for the Prevention of Child Abuse
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Honors and Awards

  • Collaborator of the Year award with the Community Engagement and Outreach Core of the Great Plains IDEA-Clinical & Translational Research, October 2018.
  • Nominated for UNO Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017.
  • Featured in UNO 100 service-learning documentary, 2008.
  • Nominated for UNO Faculty Service-Learning Award, 2008 and 2010.
  • YWCA Omaha Volunteer Award, 2006.
  • Nominated for Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement, April 2007.
  • Phi Alpha Social Work Honor Society, Iota Chapter, October 2002.
  • Who’s Who of Social Work, November 2002.

Courses

  • SOWK 8570 Administration of Social Welfare Agencies
  • SOWK 8940 Evaluation of Social Programs
  • SOWK 8190 Research and Computer Applications

Education

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2001 - 2004 PhD, Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington
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1994 - 1996 MA, Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington
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1982 - 1988 BS, Bible, Grace University
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