MSSW - Columbia University
Professor Ziefert has been teaching at EMU for 32 years. Her practice experience includes work with adolescents, women, poor people, and homeless populations. Her work and teaching focus on empowerment practice with disenfranchised populations. In collaboration with colleagues she has developed training materials for child welfare workers in the areas of abuse and neglect, transitioning out of foster care, and working with LGBTQ youth in care. Her most recent scholarly interest is focused on studying the Cuban human services system, and learning what we can from the Cuban model to improve our service delivery and outcomes for us in the US.
Professor Ziefert is an active member of the Michigan Chapter of the NASW, serving on their Finance Committee and their PACE Committee (Political Action for Candidate Elections). From 2010-2012 she served as the elected President of the Michigan Chapter of the NASW.
Professor Ziefert is also an active member of Social Work’s national professional organizations and is a frequent presenter at the annual meetings of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and the Association of Baccalaureate Program Directors. She is trained as an accreditation site visitor for CSWE.
SWRK 688: Field Experience III
SWRK 507: Human Behavior in Social Environment II: Groups, Organizations & Communities
SWRK 251: Self-Assessment & Development for Social Work
SWRK 450: Practice Issues with Women
Slamming the closet door: Working with gay and lesbian youth in out-of-home care. (March 2006). With Ragg, D.M. and Patrick, D. Child Welfare. LXXXV (2), 243-266.
The Independent Living Project: Training Manual, (2004). With Ragg, Davis and Mills. Eastern Michigan University.
Child Care Needs of EMU Students, (2002). With Valerie Polakow. (Institute for the Study of Children, Families, and Communities, Eastern Michigan University).