CAREN JEAN FROST portrait
  • Co-Chair, Institutional Review Board, Vp For Research
  • Research Professor, College Of Social Work
  • Adjunct Associate Professor, Family And Preventive Medicine
  • Director of Office of Quality Compliance, Vp For Research
  • Director, Office of Research Integrity & Compliance, Vp For Research
  • Interim Associate Director, MSW Program, College Of Social Work-Dean
  • Research Professor, College Of Social Work
  • Research Professor, College Of Social Work

Current Courses

Fall 2020

Spring 2020

Professional Organizations

  • European Social Work Research Association. 09/2015 - 12/31/2018. Position : Member.
  • Association for the Study of the Middle East & Africa. 09/2014 - 09/2019. Position : Member.
  • American Public Health Association. 01/2005 - present. Position : Member.
  • Utah Public Health Association. 01/2002 - present. Position : Member.
  • Society for Applied Anthropology. 01/1993 - present. Position : Fellow.
  • American Anthropoloical Association. 01/1991 - present. Position : Member.
  • Society for Medical Anthropology. 01/1991 - present. Position : Member.

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that people learn best by doing and sharing what they have learned. As a teacher, I work with students to ensure they can meet their potential in an environment that is safe, support risk-taking, and allows for discussing and exploring ideas.  My role is to provide information for grounding the discussion and then encourage students to use that information to further their own interests in a topic area.  Working with information from real world contexts allows students to apply the information for their own practice and career contexts.

Courses I Teach

  • Honors 3950 - Voices of Muslim Women
    Over the course of this semester, we will read autobiographies/memoirs of women, works of fiction, and one book of poetry from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Hearing these women’s voices will provide us with a view of current events in this region of the world. By considering how these writers portray women’s lives and the events in their countries, we will better understand the personal circumstances of these writers. We will engage in thorough discussions of these readings, and augment the texts with current films on specific issues relating to women in this region. Through these explorations in this 3-credit hour course, we will uncover the roles of women in MENA in terms of the political and social structures that directly impact their lives and those of their families. This course carries an IR and a DV designation.
  • SW 6110 - Research for Social Work Practice
    This three-credit course provides MSW students with research concepts and skills to ask practice-relevant questions, to locate and critically evaluate research to answer those questions, and to plan and evaluate implementation of interventions. This course will prepare MSW-level practitioners to engage in practice-informed research and research-informed practice.
  • SW 6142 - Advanced Administration & Supervision in Health
    See syllabus attached.
  • SW 6352 - Global Issues in Women's Health
    The purpose of this course is to provide students with an overview of key issues linked to women’s health and mental health on a global scale. This will include an examination of global and local contexts, as well as a consideration of different aspects of macro practice in a variety of professional fields, e.g., social work, nursing, public health, anthropology, etc.
  • SW 6520 - Issues in Women's Health
    The purpose of the course is to provide an overview of key issues in the field of women’s health. You will develop conceptual skills to evaluate how social, cultural, and policy issues impact and are impacted by women’s health issues.
  • SW 6631 - Issues in Reproductive Health
    The purpose of the course is to provide students with an overview of some key issues in the field of reproductive health and help them develop the conceptual skills to evaluate how social/cultural and policy issues impact and are impacted by health issues.

Pedagogical Publications

  • Merrill, M., & Frost, C.J. (2011). Internationalizing Social Work Education: Models and Methods. Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, Fall, 189-210. Available at http://www.frontiersjournal.com/documents/Merrill-Frost-FRONTIERS2011.pdf . Paper published, 10/2011.
  • Anderson, W., Hayashi, R., & Frost, C.J. (2009). Measuring the Diversity Awareness of Social Work Students: The Dual Perspective Inventory. Journal of Teaching in Social Work 29(3):258-270. Paper published, 03/2009.
  • Popa, A., & Frost, C.J. (2006). Pedagogy at a Distance: Investigating a Paradigm Shift Driven by Technology. Perspectives in Higher Education Reform (13/14): 159-164. Paper published, 11/2006.
  • Frost, C.J., & Popa, A. (2004). Comparative Course Results within a Technological Exchange. Asian Journal of Distance Education, 2, 3. Available at http://www.AsianJDE.org. Paper published, 02/2004.

Small Group Teaching

  • Student Leaders in Advocacy on Immigration and Refugee Issues (students from UU, UVU, USU, and WSU).  02/01/2018  -  12/31/2018