Dr. James R. Vanderwoerd

Professor of Social Work

Chair of the Department of Applied Social Sciences

Director of Faculty Mentoring

Phone: 9056482139 Ext:4434

Email: jwoerd@redeemer.ca

Office: 219D

Department: Applied Social Sciences

Education

Ph.D. (2003), Social Welfare, Case Western Reserve University Dissertation: Secular and Religious Tensions in Government-Funded Faith-Based Social Services Organizations
M.S.W. (1991), Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University Thesis: Having A Say: The Experiences of Five Participants in a Community Development Project
B.A. (1988), History and Psychology, Calvin College
Diploma of Arts. (1987), The King’s University College

Courses

  • Social Work Practice with Communities (APS-236)
  • Social Research Methods (APS-321)
  • Diversity In Canada: Implications for Social Work (APS-332)
  • Social Welfare Policy and Process (APS-342)
  • Poverty: Problems and Perspectives (APS-428)

About

Dr. James R. Vanderwoerd has worked in social services and education for more than thirty years in both the USA and Canada. Prior to joining the faculty at Redeemer in 2006, he was the Director of the Social Work Program at Dordt College, Iowa. He also worked as a community researcher with the innovative Ontario project Better Beginnings, Better Futures, and was a research associate at the Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University. His research interests and publications are in the areas of sexual violence; faith-based nonprofit organizations; the role of religion in social welfare; social work education; and the history of social welfare.

Dr. Vanderwoerd lives in Brantford with his wife Valerie, a teacher at Brantford Christian School. They have four children, all of whom have been or are students at Redeemer. Vanderwoerd enjoys camping, biking, hockey, and photography, and has read The Lord of the Rings six times, including once aloud.

Research Interests

Research Funding

Multi-institutional Campus Safety and Preventing Misconduct Project, CCCU Supplemental Networking Grant, with Nathan Tintle, Director, and Kristin Van De Griend.

Relationship Violence: Are Christian Colleges Safer? Zylstra Grant, Centre for Christian Scholarship, 2015-2016.

Evaluation of Safe Campus Project and Survey of Sexual Assault on Rural College Campuses, funded in part by U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against WomenGrants to Reduce Violent Crimes Against Women on Campus, 2004-2006.

Comparative Case Study Exploring the Influence of Government Funding on Faith-Based Social Service Organizations, funded in part by the Mandel Center For Nonprofit Organizations, 2002-2004.

Recent Publications

Selected Refereed Journal Articles

Vanderwoerd, J.R. & Cheng, A. (2017). Sexual Violence on Religious CampusesCanadian Journal of Higher Education, 44, 2, 1-21.

Vanderwoerd, J.R. (2016). The Promise and Perils of Anti-Oppressive Practice For Christians in Social Work EducationSocial Work & Christianity, 43, 2, 153-188.

Vanderwoerd, J.R. (2015). All Things New: Neo-Calvinist Groundings for Social WorkSocial Work & Christianity, 42, 2, 121 – 148.

Vanderwoerd, J.R. (2011). Reconsidering Secularization and Recovering Christianity in Social Work History, Social Work & Christianity, 38, 3, 244-266.

Vanderwoerd, J.R. (2010). The Challenge of Fundamentalism for Social Work Ethics: Can Anti-Oppressive Social Work Include Orthodox Religion? Canadian Social Work, 12, 2, 68-87.

Vanderwoerd, J.R. (2009). Experiences of Sexual Coercion, Awareness of Services, and Acceptance of Rape Myths Among Students in Rural CollegesRural Social Work & Community Practice, 14, 1, 17-28.

Vanderwoerd, J.R. (2004). How faith-based social service organizations manage secular pressures associated with government fundingNonprofit Management & Leadership, 14, 3, pp. 239-262.

Selected Books and Book Chapters

Vanderwoerd, J.R. (2012). “Social welfare in a diverse society: Loving the Neighbor You Don’t Know”, in Christianity & Social Work: Readings on the Integration of Christian Faith and Social Work Practice, 4th Ed. (Eds: T.L. Scales & M.S. Kelly). Botsford, CT: North American Association of Christians in Social Work, pp. 215-234.

Vanderwoerd, J.R. (2008). “I Am Making Everything New! Biblical Themes for Macro Practice”, in Christianity & Social Work: Readings on the Integration of Christian Faith and Social Work Practice, 3rd Ed. (Eds: B. Hugen & L. Scales). Botsford, CT: North American Association of Christians in Social Work, pp. 119 – 138.

Vanderwoerd, J.R. (2008). “Who cares? Social welfare in a diverse society”, in Christianity & Social Work: Readings on the Integration of Christian Faith and Social Work Practice, 3rd Ed. (Eds: B. Hugen & L. Scales). Botsford, CT: North American Association of Christians in Social Work, pp.179-196.

Selected Book Review and Non-Peer Reviewed

Vanderwoerd, J.R. (November/December 2017). Is your daughter safer at a Christian college? Faith Today, pp. 36-38.

Vanderwoerd, J.R. (September 2017). Campus Violence And Moral CommunityConvivium.

Vanderwoerd, J.R. (June/July 2016). The culture of consent on campus. Convivium, pp. 19-23.​

Vanderwoerd, J.R. (2011). Book review of One Hundred Years of Social Work: A History of the Profession in English Canada, 1900-2000, by T. Jennissen & C. Lundy (2011). Social Work & Christianity, 38, 3, 377-380.

Vanderwoerd, J.R. (Spring 2011). Do we need a welfare net or floor? Debating child poverty in Canada. Cardus Policy in Public, Volume 4, Number 2, pp. 64-72.

Vanderwoerd, James R.. Book review of The Poor You Have With You Always by Alan Keith-Lucas in Social Work & Christianity, Fall 2010, Vol. 37 Issue 3, pp. 371-374.

Professional Memberships and Associations

Canadian Association for Social Work Education
Canadian Society of Spirituality and Social Work
North American Association of Christians in Social Work
International Association for the Promotion of Christian Higher Education