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Jess Bowers

BIO

Jess Bowers is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at UW-Stevens Point. She also coordinates the Social Work Field Education Program. Bower is an advanced practice social worker who worked at the Marathon County Department of Social Services in the realm of child welfare before joining the UWSP faculty. In addition, Bowers is licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction in school social work.

On campus, Bowers is active on the Center for Prevention Advisory Committee for the Dean of Students and works on the advisory committee for Women and Gender Studies. For the past four years, Bowers has been a member of the Portage County Hoarding Task Force.

RESEARCH INTERESTS

  • Child Abuse Prevention
  • Child Welfare

PUBLICATIONS

Maguire-J. K., & Bowers, J. (2015). “Marathon County community response: Voluntary services for families screened out of child protective services.” Child Welfare, 93(5), 65-82. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/313373504_Marathon_County_Community_Response_Voluntary_Services_for_Families_Screened_out_of_Child_Protective_Services

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • National Association of Social Workers

ADVICE

Listen more than you talk, because you are unlikely to learn anything by just listening to yourself talk.

FUN FACT

When she was growing up, she wanted to be a social worker.

 

Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Work
Department of Sociology and Social Work field coordinator

Office:
SCI B339

Education

MSW - Child Welfare Concentration
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh

Social Work
University of Wisconsin-Madison

B.A. - Sociology
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point

Courses

Ethical Practice in the Helping Professions
Introduction to Social Work
Social Welfare Policies and Programs
Social Work Practicum