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About Pa Der Vang, PhD, MSW, LICSW

I am currently serving as the Endowed Mission Chair for the Liberal Arts. In this role, I am focused on promoting the liberal arts at St. Kates through professional development, community engagement, and student engagement.

My teaching centers on the use of theory in generalist social work practice with an emphasis on social justice and empowerment. My research is on the experience of Hmong American immigrants and the acculturation process, especially Hmong Women. I am the editor of Staring Down the Tiger: Stories of Hmong American Women published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2020.

I enjoy teaching Generalist Practice with Small Systems. Students love learning about using different models of practice in an eclectic approach to social work practice. Some of my favorite practice models are cognitive behavioral approach, narrative, and solution focused approaches. Systems theory serves as a foundation for social work practice and can be seen in how social workers use a holistic approach to their practice.

My Committee Service includes:

Standing Committees
  • President’s Cabinet
  • Education Committee for Board of Trustees
  • President’s Advisory Committee for Inclusive Excellence- Co-Chair
  • Judith Gorman Krieger Scholarship Committee
BIPOC Faculty and Staff Group





I developed the Critical Hmong Studies Minor at St. Kates and currently serve as the coordinator. I teach the Critical Hmong Studies course every fall.

Positions

2019 - Present Mission Chair for the Liberal Arts; Director of the Neufeld Initiative, St. Catherine University Mission
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Present Associate Professor, Social Work, St. Catherine University Social Work Department
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Curriculum Vitae


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Professional Service and Affiliations

2019 - Present Co Chair, President's Advisory Committee on Inclusive Excellence
2018 - Present Board Member, Minnesota Board of Social Work
2017 - Present Co Chair, BIPOC Faculty and Staff Group
2015 - Present Reviewer, Judith Gorman Krieger Scholarship Committee
2017 - 2020 Faculty Senator, St. Catherine University
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Courses

  • CORE 3990 Global Search For Justice: Dismantling Racism
  • CRST 2250 Critical Hmong Studies
  • SOWK 3850 Groupwork Skills
  • SOWK 4010 Generalist Practice with Small Systems
  • SOWK 3550 Communication and Interviewing

Education

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2007 Ph.D., University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota ‐ Social Work
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2003 University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota ‐ Master of Social Work, Social Work
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2000 BA, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin ‐ Sociology
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Contact Information

Phone: 651-690-8647

Email:


Hmong women (1)

Publications (12)