Jimmy A. Young, Ph.D., MSW, MPA
Dr. Young is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Work at Cal State San Marcos. He holds a Ph.D. in Social Work, Master’s degrees in Social Work and Public Administration, and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. He has a range of practice experience from mental health to program evaluation and nonprofit administration. He has served on the boards of several nonprofit organizations and is currently serving on the board of Human Services Information Technology Association (husITa), an international organization for the ethical and appropriate use of technology in the human services. Dr. Young’s research interests center on the use of technology in social work education and practice as well as in nonprofit organizations. Specifically, he has published and presented on the use of technology in social work education, digital literacies, social media and human service organizations, and digital activism. He was selected as an Emerging Scholar in 2012 by the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA).
In the classroom, Dr. Young is committed to quality social work education using creative and innovative methods based on his practice experience and research. He has taught across the curriculum in undergraduate and graduate programs as well as online or via distance education. He believes in creating successful, knowledgeable, and knowledgeable students by using sound pedagogy, respect for human relationships, and principles of course design which encourage participation and collaboration. He uses creative technology-based assignments that leverage social media to help students develop critical digital literacies and develop a passion for lifelong learning by connecting with others through live Twitter chats. Dr. Young continues to teach and research about the efficacy of technology in social work education and the impact of social media on organizations, families, and individuals.