Aster S Tecle portrait
  • Assistant Professor, College Of Social Work

Current Courses

Summer 2020

  • SW 301-030
    CM Orientation
  • SW 301-031
    CM Orientation
  • SW 301-090
    CM Orientation

Spring 2020

Professional Organizations

  • Association for Community Organization & Social Action (ACOSA). 01/2017 - present. Position : Board Member & Regional Representative.
  • Campus-Community Partnerships for Health (CCPH). 01/2014 - present. Position : Member.
  • Council for Foreign Relations /Council on Social Work Education. 10/2013 - 10/2015. Position : Member.
  • International Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW). 01/2013 - present. Position : Member.
  • Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) . 10/2007 - present. Position : Member.

Teaching Philosophy

I believe that teaching is a learning process based on field experience, and theorizing experience to inform potential solutions to social ills. Teaching is a space whereby the instructor and students grow intellectually as we share inherited wisdoms and our life experiences as equally legitimate. While bell hooks’ notion of transcending intellectual boundaries informs my teaching practice as key to tolerate our difference and embrace varied experiences; Freire’s pedagogical lens reminds me of practicing, theorizing and reflecting upon people’s experience. 

Courses I Teach

  • SW 6352-090 & NURS 6555-090 - Global Issues in Women’s Health.
    Explores different dimensions of global issues in women's health using broader frameworks of health including the 7 Dimensions of Women's Health.
  • SW 314 & 314-090. - Community Practice & Advocacy.
    Discusses the role of community-based engagement in addressing adverse social conditions of those on the margin of societies, and advocating so that human rights and social justice reign.
  • SW 4100 - Global Community-Based Participatory Research.
    Engages students to explore the world around them, and prepare them to engage with communities very different from their background including cultural humility and respect for difference and diverse values and practices.
  • SW 4400-090. - SW Practice with Communities & Organizations.
    Addresses existing misconceptions that macro social work practice is beyond the reach of practitioners and communities in the field; and analyzes organizational structures to ensure horizontal justice whereby staff and service users contribute to the provision of quality services.
  • SW 6120 & 6220. - Diversity, Social Justice & Reflexive SW Practice.
    Examines the construction of social categories and ways of dismantling boundaries.
  • SW 6140 & 6240. - Social Justice, Human Rights & Macro SW Practice.
    Explores the historicities and contexts in & through which policy-practice are constructed and ways of mobilizing and organizing community-based social movements.

Pedagogical Publications

  • Book chapter: Tecle, A. S. & John, A. (2016). Conclusions and Global Considerations. In C. Frost & K. Digre (Eds.), The 7 Domains of Health: Multidisciplinary Considerations of Women’s Health in the 21st Century. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt Publishers. Paper published, 09/2016.
  • Book chapter: Johnston-GoodStar, K., Trinidad, A. & Tecle, A. S. (2010). Critical pedagogy through the reinvention of place: Three cases of youth resistance. In B. Porfilio & P. Carr (Eds.), Youth Culture, education and resistance: Subverting the commercial ordering of life. Netherlands & Boston, MA: Sense Publishers. Paper published, 10/2010.

Teaching Projects

  • Case Management Certificate Program. Project Lead: Aster S. Tecle. Collaborators: Rosemarie Hunter, Isabel Teresa Molina, Kara Byrne, An Thi Ha, Abdulkhaliq Mohamed. 08/2016 - present.
  • Case Management Certificate Program. Project Lead: Rosemarie Hunter. Collaborators: Aster S Tecle, Isabel Teresa Molina, Kara Byrne, An Thi Ha, Abdulkhaliq Mohamed. University Neighborhoods Partnership 01/2013 - present.