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D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership

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Research Fellow 2008–09

Debra Daehn Zellmer

Debra Daehn Zellmer

Interim Associate Dean for the School of Human Behavior, College of Nursing, Health and Human Behavior
Professor/Chair, Social Work Department
ddzellmer@viterbo.edu
608-796-3728

Daehn Zellmer is a professor of social work and serves as the Interim Associate Dean for the School of Human Behavior, College of Nursing, Health and Human Behavior, the Chair of the Social Work Department and Undergraduate Social Work Program Director at Viterbo University.  Her primary teaching areas are Social Welfare Policy, Introduction to Social Work, Senior Capstone, and social work electives.  She has a master’s degree in social work from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Augsburg College.   She has 21 years of experience in social work education and has served as an accreditation site visitor for the Council on Social Work Education.  Prior to teaching, Daehn Zellmer practiced social work for 15 years with families and children in the areas of school social work, parent education, family therapy, foster care and adoption.  Her current research includes issues to gatekeeping in social work education, redefining scholarship for social work educators, burnout in the social work profession.


Publications 

  • Fossen, C. M., Anderson-Meger, J. & Daehn Zellmer, D. A. (2014). Infusing a new ethical decision- making model throughout a BSW Program curriculum.  Journal of Social Work Values & Ethics, 11(1), 66-81. http://www.jswve.org/

    Daehn Zellmer, D.A. & Knothe, T.E. (2011). The use of criminal background checks in social work education. The Journal of Baccalaureate Social Work Education, 16, 17–33.

  • Zellmer, D.D. & Anderson-Meger, J.I. (2011). Rural Midwestern religious beliefs and help seeking behavior: Implications for social work practice.  Social Work & Christianity, 38, 27–50.
  • Zellmer, D.D. & Anderson-Meger, J.I. (2009). Rural Midwestern religious beliefs and help seeking behavior: Implications for social work practice. Proceedings of the 34th Rural Social Work Conference. Retrieved from  http://www.ruralsocialwork.org/whats_new_index.cfm.
  • Zellmer, D.D. (2003). Teaching to prevent burnout. Journal of Analytic Teaching, 24, 19–22.

Speaking Topics

  • “Rural Midwestern Religious Values and Help-Seeking Behaviors”
  • “Preventing Burnout in Helping Professionals”
  • “Professional Gatekeeping: Can Convicted Criminals be Professional Helpers?”