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John Thompson, PhD, joins MSW faculty

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March 2013


St. Ambrose University is thrilled to welcome John Thompson, PhD, the newest Master of Social Work professor, beginning in Fall 2012. Thompson graduated with a Master of Social Work degree and a Master's degree in philosophy before completing his doctoral work at the University of Kansas. Currently, Thompson is partnered with the University of Kansas for his research focused on adult mental health and intersections of Social Work.

At St. Ambrose, Thompson teaches two sections of Human Behavior in the Social Environment (primarily a Foundation year class) and is a field liaison for the practicum portion of the program. He said his experience as liaison has been "really interesting so far" in that it allows him to learn more about community agencies and functioning. Serving more recently as a teacher's assistant for philosophy and as the Executive Director of Counseling Services in Texas, he said it hasn't been too long since he was a practicum student himself.

Thompson moved to the Quad Cities area with his wife, Kendra, and his black lab, after accepting the job with St. Ambrose.

"I enjoy the students themost," he said. "Their  high level of engagement is awesome. And in the classroom, there's a great dynamic that each student brings."

Students in his Human Behavior classes describe him as "fun" and "engaging" and a professor who can relate personal practice examples to theory in readings. So far, Thompson has been enjoying the bike trails throughout the Quad Cities area as well as the Great River Brewery. At St. Ambrose he truly is an asset to the Social Work program and its students.

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